DIY

Posts tagged
with DIY



Design

UGEARS: Elaborate Self-Propelled DIY Mechanical Models

December 22, 2015

Christopher Jobson

ugears-1

UGEARS are a series of 11 new mechnical models built from wooden pieces that spring to life with the help of rubber band engines, cranks, or with the assistance of gravity. Similar to balsa wood insects, the laser-cut pieces assemble like a puzzle without need for glue or adhesives. The most impressive design is an elaborate 480-piece steam locomotive that’s 12″ long and propels itself up and down a provided track with an internal engine.

UGEARS was designed by Kiev-based Ukrainian Gears and all of the models seen here are currently funding on Kickstarter for another 6 days.

ugears-1

ugears-2

ugears-3

ugears-4

ugears-5

ugears-6

ugears-2

ugears-7

 

 



Design Food

Edible and Stackable DIY LEGO Gummy Candy

May 25, 2015

Christopher Jobson

Grant Thompson of the King of Random just shared a great tutorial on how to make completely edible gummy LEGO bricks and figures using a mixture of corn syrup, Jello, and gelatin. Using the right molds, the pieces are so precise you can actually build with them. Unlike the chocolate LEGO bricks we featured a few months ago, these look somewhat simple to make. (via The Awesomer)

lego-1

lego-2

lego-3

lego-4

lego-5

 

 



Animation Design

Animator Dillon Markey Reinvents the Failed Nintendo Power Glove as an Indispensable Stop-Motion Animation Tool

January 13, 2015

Christopher Jobson

glove-1

glove-2

glove-3

First off: language warning for the kiddos. Stop-motion animator Dillon Markey works on projects for animation powerhouses like Robot Chicken and PES. While on set three years ago Markey tired of moving back and forth between the set, camera, and computers for each shot and conceived of a numerical keypad he could use to help control some, if not all, of the devices he uses for animating.

In a stroke of nostalgic brilliance, he realized Nintendo’s failed 1980 Power Glove—a wearable device that was supposed to offer novel ways of controlling video games—possessed the form factor he needed. While the Power Glove itself was a commercial flop because of imprecise and awkward controls (not to mention crummy games), Markey teamed up with an electrical engineer to completely rewire the device so it could interact with his stop-motion software via Bluetooth. In a move that would make Inspector Gadget proud, he further modified the glove to incorporate animation tools like retractable tweezers and special sensors that emit the perfect phrase when you use the glove for a fist-bump.

One would think such modifications would be interesting for the purpose of making a quick concept video like this, but that in practical application it might not really work. Not the case: he’s now used it for over 1.5 years on projects like this. It makes you wonder what other outmoded technology had the right form factor but wrong application? Film by Ava Benjamin.

 

 



Craft Design

DIY Geometric Paper Animal Sculptures by Paperwolf

November 12, 2014

Christopher Jobson

paper-5

Stuttgart-based designer Wolfram Kampffmeyer creates DIY geometric paper sculpture kits under the name Paperwolf. The designs range from taxidermy trophies to standalone animals that come flat-packed with detailed instructions on how to fold and assemble yourself. See tons of additional designs in his Etsy shop.

 

paper-6

paper-7

paper-8

paper-1

paper-2

paper-3

paper-4

paper-9

 

 



Design Food

DIY House Plant Cupcakes

March 5, 2014

Christopher Jobson

houseplant

houseplant-2

houseplant-3

Apropos of I’m on a diet and am also a masochist, Brooklyn-based baker Alana Jones-Mann has a sweet DIY article on how to make cupcakes that look like common miniature cacti. It turns out all you need is mass quantities of tasty, tasty frosting (because why does anyone eat a cupcake anyway), green food coloring, and an unreasonable amount of baking talent. If you liked this, you might also like cakes that look like planets. (via Neatorama, Blazenfluff)

 

 



Amazing

Slow Motion Video of Giant Bubbles Popping from Shanks FX

October 7, 2013

Christopher Jobson

bubbles-1

bubbles-2

The folks over at Shanks FX (previously) and PBS Digital Studios put together this great DIY video on how to make giant bubbles including some cool slow motion clips of enormous bubbles popping at night. They even invented a “bubble control wand” with an array of small fans. Another helpful tutorial is NightHawkInLight’s How to Make Giant Bubbles.