Watch formerly homeless people make jackets that double as sleeping bags

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The Empowerment Plan is a Detroit-based organization that creates manufacturing jobs making EMPWR coats that double as sleeping bags:

Via designboom:

the empowerment plan is a detroit-based, nonprofit organization focused on permanently elevating families from the generational cycle of homelessness. it hires single parents from local shelters and provide them with training and full-time employment as seamstresses so that they can earn a stable income, find secure housing, and regain their independence. the individuals it hires manufacture a coat designed to meet the needs of those in the homeless community. the durable ‘EMPWR coat’ can transform into a sleeping bag at night or an over-the-shoulder bag when not in use. since 2012, it has provided employment to 34 homeless individuals—all of whom have now secured permanent housing for themselves and their families—and distributed over 15,000 coats to those in need across the US and canada.

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Watch a master glassblower make an intricate dragon

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In under an hour, glass artist James Mongrain transforms blobs of molten glass into a stunning green dragon. The choreographed teamwork, the variety of tools, and the interesting narration make this a real treat. Read the rest

Watch this delightful handmade 3-minute marble run

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YouTuber Murmiland, aka Ortwin Grüttner, created this one-of-a-kind rafting-themed marble run that takes nearly 3 minutes from start to finish. Follow one yellow marble in a sea of green glass marbles as they cascade down the carved wooden path. Lots of nifty little features. Read the rest

Guy restores a century-old letterpress to perfect condition

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Jimmy DiResta kept passing by a 1911 Chandler & Price letterpress sitting out in the rain. After buying it from the neglectful owner, he spent several years lovingly restoring it, eventually learning how to print with it. Read the rest

Big Mouth Billy Bass melded with Amazon AI Alexa

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Cambridge DIYer Brian Kane has a novel use for that old singing fish gag gift languishing in storage: hack it to mouth Amazon AI Alexa's utterances. Read the rest

Fun video of a steamroller as a printing press

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YouTuber Dom P posted a lovely short video of Chicago Printmakers Collaborative's steamroller printing project over the summer. For year, printers have been experimenting with renting steamrollers for printing large letterpress works without incurring the costs of renting or buying a large letterpress. Some of the work turned out quite nice! Read the rest

Video compilation of 8 personal hovercraft that work

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This year has seen some interesting movement in the world of hoverbikes, hovering platforms that can support a standing human, and drone prototypes large enough to carry people. EUKA has an overview of 8 noteworthy examples. Read the rest

62-pound pumpkin modded into a 144-decibel subwoofer

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YouTuber Mattizzle008 decided to mod a hallowed-out (get it?) pumpkin to measure its acoustics in a car subwoofer rig. He even took it to Xclusive Autosound to get it metered for science. Turns out pumpkins can get some if you need all that bass.

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The day an amateur rocket climbed 23 miles in one minute

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Five years ago, Derek Deville launched an amateur rocket into the stratosphere in less than a minute. It still stands as a remarkable achievement, and the onboard camera gives a dizzying sense of the speed and height. Read the rest

Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Wheelchair Costume

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Ryan Scott Miller outdid himself with this terrific wheelchair costume that Jeremy will be sporting this Halloween: "This year we put it to a vote and our friends choose the Ghostbusters Ecto-1!" Well-played, sir! Read the rest

LEGO automatic drawing machine

Jason Allemann built a neat LEGO Drawing Machine, inspired by a Spirograph and a 1950s toy called the Hoot Nanny or Magic Designer.

It can create many different patterns by changing the configuration of the model," Allemann writes. "You can also draw multiple patterns on the same piece of paper to create even more complex designs."

He's posted the building instructions on his site JKBrickworks.com.

(via Laughing Squid)

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Fantastic hand-crocheted E.T. costume for 2-year-old

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Stephanie Pokorny freehand crocheted this out-of-this-world E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial costume for her son Jack, age 2! The project took her four days.

"He is free handed and made with no pattern," she said. "I literally just tried it on him as I created and stopped when it fit right!"

"Grab a Phone, ET needs to call home! New “HumanGurumi!”" (Crochetverse) Read the rest

Adam Savage's portable movie theater

This summer, BB pal Adam Savage of MythBusters and Tested modified a pick-up truck into a mobile movie theater!

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Turn an original Mac mouse into a wireless one

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YouTuber kipkay repurposed a vintage 30-year-old Mac mouse in this how-to video. Turns out there are lots of little items inside that can be salvaged for other projects, too. Read the rest

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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Surprisingly beautiful chandelier made from toilets

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Upcycler extraordinaire Rodney Allen Trice turned salvage toilet bowls into designer lighting! From Refitting the Planet:

To contribute my ideas and vision and energies in the arena of creative repurposing or applied deconstruction was an honor.

here are some off the initial sketches and the build of THE TOILET CHANDELIER. My latest, largest and first piece built in my studios new home base of PITTSBURGH, yinz!!!

Very Exciting! Now I am making tweaks and changes to this design. There are still things to work out as it was a race to complete it at this event on Saturday, but the piece will be on permanent display at Construction Junction forevermore once completed! WOO HOO!!

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Make your own Secret Wood Rings with these DIY tips

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Secret Wood Rings are pretty cool-looking, so Peter Brown decided to experiment with making his own using some resin and hand-splintered wood. Not bad for the first try! Read the rest

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