Nostalgic tour of an endangered institution: the model shop

Lindybeige takes viewers on a wistful tour of a Helsinki model shop while remembering the now-closed shop of his youth. Read the rest

Remarkably detailed tiny sculptures on the tips of pencils

Artist Salavat Fidai creates all sorts of cool art, but his work sculpting the tips of pencils really stands out as an impressive achievement. Read the rest

Watch how to make patterns in cross-sectioned clay

Nerikomi is a classical form of pottery where different colored clays are rolled into cylinders, then cross-sectioned to reveal a pattern. So soothing to watch the string cut through!

Faith Rahill has a great step-by-step demonstration here:

Nerikomi (often referred to as “neriage”) is a decorative process established in Japan that involves stacking colored clay and then slicing through the cross section to reveal a pattern, which can then be used as an applied decoration. Nerikomi designs provide a wonderful way to work three dimensionally with patterns and images. The results reflect a combination of both careful planning and accidental surprise, plus it’s exciting work for those who love patterns and are drawn to the wet-clay stage of pottery making.

Here are a couple more examples with far less annoying music. The agate pottery revealed after firing the glaze is especially nice:

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Watch this very satisfying candle-carving artisan at work

Anyone who was a hippie or who grew up knowing a hippie or two probably saw these intricate carved candles here and there. They eventually went mainstream in the 1970s, like macramé. Read the rest

Watch glassblowers hand-craft an enormous glassblowing rabbit

Robin and Julia Rogers team up in this video to make a giant blown glass rabbit that barely fits in the kiln. Read the rest

Artist makes enormous, incredibly detailed paper flowers

Tiffanie Turner has mastered the art of the paper flower to the point that she can make enormous crepe-paper blooms that still somehow look real. Read the rest

Magical video for kids: How to make a duct tape coin pouch

In this lovely video by Joel Fox/Smile Mountain, young instructor Sally explains how to make a duct tape coin pouch with a ziploc bag closure. The video has serene, calming quality to it due to the colors, background imagery, and, of course, the stunning synth sounds by my pal Mikael Jorgensen, keyboardist for Wilco and Quindar.

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Watch how to build a Japanese-style free-standing bookshelf with no nails or glue

Japanese wood joinery (previously) is a highly-refined craft. In this video, YouTuber Third Coast Craftsman creates a free-standing bookshelf inspired by those joinery techniques. Read the rest

Illustrator and ceramic artists team up for "illustramics"

Illustrator Ksenia Kopalova and ceramic artist Natalia Savinova combined their talents to make a mashup they call illustramics. Read the rest

Delightful papercraft flora and fauna

UK-based artist Lisa Lloyd has been getting lots of well-deserved notice for her intricate papercraft animals, birds, food, and other earthly delights. Read the rest

Very soothing found art collages, impeccably arranged

Kristen Meyer of Salvage Design creates lovely art from foods, rocks, and plants, all arranged meticulously for maximum aesthetic joy. Read the rest

Artist creates portraits from intricate string art

Slovenian designer and web developer Sašo Krajnc, aka Cvern, says he has always been amazed by string art. He creates large pieces in round frames that depict eyes, faces, animals, and patterns. Read the rest

Watch this impressive demonstration of bamboo basketmaking

In this three-part series, artisans show how bamboo is harvested, cured, and processed with specialized tools to make intricate baskets and other household items. Read the rest

Watch a waterjet slice a perfect obsidian cube and some batarangs

The guys from Waterjet Channel took a request from a Minecraft fan who wanted to see them cut an obsidian cube, even supplying the obsidian. They also made some super-thin batarangs that could almost be used as sunglass lenses. Read the rest

Watch how to use dry erase markers to make writing that floats

SoCraftastic tested six marker types on a non-porous surface to see which one allowed the ink to float on water. The effect is pretty cool with a stick figure. Read the rest

Gorgeous resin sphere turned on a lathe

Heath Knuckles created this beautiful burl and resin sculpture he names "Red Dawn." A very satisfying and relaxing video, in large part thanks to the great music choices. Read the rest

Delightful petri dishes filled with wool and felt fungi

Elin Thomas uses real petri dishes and fills them with beautiful crocheted felt and wool spores, mold, and fungi. Read the rest

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