HOWTO make incredibly resilient DIY liquid glass putty

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If you enjoyed our previous post on Liquid Glass Putty, a fun and amazing material with all kinds of interesting uses, you'll love this update.

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Makeshift candles from household items

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If the power goes out, Willow Haven Outdoor reminds us you might have some household items that would make a good candle. Read the rest

HOWTO: Decorate wood with glow-in-the-dark Lichtenberg figures

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YouTuber thepoultrypeople creates very crafty items like vape pen holders, with the added twist of burning Lichtenberg figures into them with electricity, then pouring in glow-in the dark pigments. Read the rest

Mini wooden pallet coasters

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This anonymously posted guide shows how to make adorable little wooden coasters in the style of transport pallets. P.S. don't make things out of actual pallets unless they have the right stamp. Read the rest

How to make a "TSA compliant" multitool mod

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Carrying small pliers and screwdrivers can be helpful and comforting. When traveling without checked baggage, I feel strange leaving behind my small multitools. Being without tools is weird. Read the rest

A segway/strandbeest that's powered by a hand-drill

Izzy Swan's drill-powered walking-machine uses a leg-design inspired by the wind-walking strandbeest and connects it to a ride-'em platform for the pilot. Read the rest

WATCH: Glassmaster Paul Stankard on glassblowing artistry

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Paul Stankard's impossibly beautiful handblown glass pieces look impossible to create. In Beauty Beyond Nature, he discusses the craft while working in his studio. Read the rest

How to make a simple electronic musical instrument

The Friendstrument is an electronic musical instrument that you play by touching your friend. Mark Frauenfelder describes an easy creative project that anyone can complete in a few hours.

DIY AT-AT cat house

Would you like to make your own felt cat house in the shape of a Star Wars AT-AT? First, you'll need a cat. [The Owner Build Network. Thanks, Heather!] Read the rest

Jimmy DiResta makes an oval mirror frame

In each episode of DiResta (every other Wednesday), artist and master builder Jimmy DiResta (Dirty Money, Hammered, Against the Grain, Trash for Cash) lets MAKE into his workshop, to look over his shoulder while he builds whatever strikes his fancy.

In this episode Jimmy whips out a beautiful oak-framed mirror. He doesn't spray paint it with his name as he normally does with what he makes, but he does manage to work a DiResta tag in there anyway. And watch for the simple, but clever way he scribes the oval for the template. Read the rest

MAKE is now on the iPad

For the past 10 years, MAKE has been a quarterly magazine (I'm the editor-in-chief). The year, we've introduced three big changes: One, we've changed our format from digest-ish sized to full size. (Larger photos!) Two, we've increased the frequency from quarterly to bi-monthly. And three, we are offering MAKE on the iPad!

The MAKE iPad app helps you boost your builds by offering an interactive, immersive version of our magazine to guide your projects and inspire you in the workshop. It has everything you’ll find in our pages and more.

In each digital issue you’ll find: • Full project build notes • Video tutorials and skill builders • Detailed photos • 360º viewable renders • Maker profiles and interviews

A one-year subscription is just $20.

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RiYL podcast 034: Mark Frauenfelder

Recommended if You Like is Boing Boing's weekly podcast of Brian Heater's cafe conversations with musicians, cartoonists, writers, and other creative types.

The Boing Boing / Make Magazine / Cool Tools editor and I found the quietest corner we could at the recent Engadget Expand event in New York to discuss the importance of curation in the digital age, the lost art of print media, podcasting and the magic of Art Bell.

RiYL: RSS | iTunes | Download episode | Listen on Stitcher

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Mark's live Interview with MakerBot's Bre Pettis on Monday, 9/16

Join me this Monday for a MAKE Special Event: a live Google Hangout with Bre Pettis, co-founder of MakerBot, the 3D printer company. We will discuss the latest technologies being developed by MakerBot, including the new digitizer and more!

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Jimmy DiResta makes a stamped wallet [video]

[Video Link]Stett Holbrook of Make says: "In each episode of DiResta (every other Wednesday at 2pm PT), artist and master builder Jimmy DiResta (Dirty Money, Hammered, Against the Grain, Trash for Cash) lets us into his workshop, to look over his shoulder while he builds whatever strikes his fancy. On this episode of DiResta, Jimmy makes a smart leather wallet that he stamped with a piece of Lexan.–Stett Holbrook."

I learn something new every time I watch Jimmy make stuff. This time, I learned about adding snaps to leather. Read the rest

Building a 15-foot-tall brain-controlled brain for Burning Man and beyond

My cousin Katherine Leipper is part of a crew that's building a 15-foot-tall head and brain with interactive light and flame effects that will be controlled by a participant's brain waves.

Yup. Weirdness runs in our family.

She and her co-makers will take it to Burning Man, but the bigger plan is to take it around to schools after the festival, "to get kids excited about science, technology and fabrication."

Katherine and her brain-building buddies have a crowdsourcing campaign under way. They're well on their way, but if you love 15-foot-tall brain-controlled brains like I love 15-foot-tall brain-controlled brains, and you think America's children need more 15-foot-tall brain-controlled brains in their classrooms because SCIENCE, you should kick in a little to ensure this weird dream comes true.

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Google Glass privacy hack

[Video Link] Matt Richardson from MAKE says: "As a newly-inducted member of the Google Glass Explorer Program, I was very concerned about the privacy implications of Google’s new wearable computer. But with just $10 in materials, I was able to make a quick hack to alleviate my own concerns. I don’t want to totally ruin the surprise for you, so just hit play on the video above to get the details." Read the rest

The making of a MAKE cover

MAKE projects editor Sean Ragan wrote about the making of the cover of our special issue of MAKE.

After many hours of prep work, the lights were ready, the cameras were ready, the coil was ready, and ArcAttack front man Joe DiPrima was suited up center-stage in his grounded metal armor. Hackerspace staff, members, friends, and friends of friends were gathered around, in the back, waiting for the show. The house lights went out.

And the sparks, literally, began to fly.

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