Watch this intricate Pokemon cross stitch project take shape over months

Linda at Eponases creates all kinds of cool cross-stich projects, but this massive piece of Pokemon characters is out of this world. Read the rest

Watch: carving a pencil from a pencil from a pencil

Bobby Duke carved a pencil into magnificent recursion. He calls it "Pencil Inception."

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Watch how to 3D print any image as a translucent lithophane

Lithophanes were originally bas-relief artworks made of translucent porcelain that let varying amounts of light through depending on thickness. Now they same effect can be created using a 3D printer and applied to anything from Wonder Woman images to personal photos. Read the rest

High school student built chip fab in his garage

Sam Zeloof, 17 built out a 1970s-vintage chip fab in his parents' New Jersey garage so he can make DIY integrated circuits. Why? So he can better understand how they work.

It's a "way of trying to learn what’s going on inside semiconductors and transistors," Zeloof told IEEE Spectrum. "I started reading old books and old patents because the newer books explain processes that require very expensive equipment.”

From IEEE Spectrum:

He obtained much of his raw materials and equipment from online sellers, in various states of repair. “Acquiring all the equipment and building and fixing all the stuff I take off eBay is half of the whole journey,” he says. His equipment includes a high-temperature furnace, a vacuum chamber built from surplus parts, and a scanning electron microscope. The electron microscope was “a broken one from a university that just needed some electrical repairs,” says Zeloof. He estimates that the microscope originally cost about $300,000 back in 1996. It was listed for sale at $2,500, but Zeloof persuaded the seller to take “well below that” and ended up spending more on shipping than it cost to buy the microscope.

“If all goes well, maybe I could make chips for people in the [maker] community—in small batches," he says.

"The High School Student Who’s Building His Own Integrated Circuits" (IEEE Spectrum)

And here's Zeloof's blog.

(photo at top: Beth Deene)

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Beautiful sculptures made entirely of store-bought nails

John Bisbee spends his days turning common steel nails into wonderful works of art. This short documentary by American Craft Council tours his Maine studio. Read the rest

Portable fireplace in a briefcase

Colin Furze turned a briefcase into a gas-fueled portable fireplace. Seems that it would be impractical, inefficient, and possibly rather dangerous, but still stately and impressive.

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Teenager invents Electroshoe to zap would-be rapists and signal police

Siddharth Mandala, 18, of Hyderabad, India, is developing the Electroshoe as a defensive weapon for women. The idea is that a woman could kick an attacker to deliver a jolt of electricity, similar to a taser, giving her time to escape. From the Deccan Chronicle:

Apart from transmitting a 0.1-ampere shock, the shoe also sends off an alert to the nearest police station. The shoe is run by power generated through the user’s footsteps. Mechanical energy from every step taken is harvested and stored in a rechargeable battery...

“The basic idea was that it had to be something that women would have with them all the time. Women might forget to carry tasers or other protective devices, but no one forgets to wear shoes before they step out. It was very challenging for me to think of a solution dealing with footwear. My product is basically a prototype. I’m still figuring out ways to make the shoe water resistant and overcome other limitations,” Siddharth said.

(via Weird Universe)

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A kit of neon 'electric spaghetti'

Someone in marketing got a hold of this box of el wire and gave it the alternate badass name of "electric spaghetti."

This is the DIY Neon Light Kit by UK brand Fowndry and you can get it in either pink or blue for $21. (bookofjoe) Read the rest

Man recycles flip-flops into fantastic action figures

"A Filipino man makes and sells these action figures made out of worn out flip flops," according to Goal1's post on /r/pics.

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These rusted metal discs were made to look like Mars

Maker Barry Abrams has been oxidizing steel discs to make them look like Mars. It's a multistep undertaking that incldes a black screen printing process and yields a cool result. Read the rest

How to make this lovely color-shifting crystal lamp

Hitting the base of a large piece of inexpensive crystal with some LED lights gives a remarkable and lovely effect in this howto video by DIYPerks. Read the rest

Watch this guy make a cool pot from an old fence post

Australian woodworker Brendan Stemp found an old fence post with decades of weather damage. After some prep work, he filled the wood gaps with resin and turned a beautiful pot on his lathe. Read the rest

How to make your own fidget spinner from paper

This cool paper fidget spinner is basically an origami pinwheel, but it's still pretty neat. Read the rest

Ladyada and Adafruit featured in the latest issue of Make:

I had the pleasure of writing the cover feature, on Limor Fried (aka "Ladyada") and her company, Adafruit, for the latest issue of Make: (Volume 57). Since a lot had already been made about the company's impressive and popular open source product line and Limor as a successful female entrepreneur, I decided to focus on what I think is another rather unique aspect of the company: the fact that the open source ethos that informs the design of their hardware also informs their corporate culture.

There's a openness, a spirit of sharing, educating, and supporting, that is shot through the fabric of Adafruit Industries.

They open-source many of the details of how the company is run and post the details of what they're learning (as a company) on their Adafruit Learning System and in their newsletters. They use the feedback and ideas from their substantial online social community to crowdsource product development. And they're attempting to create a corporate culture where employees feel respected, cared for, and given room to grow. As the Founder Collective put it on Twitter this morning: "105 full-time employees, $45M in revenue, no venture capital. Adafruit is a great case study in efficient entrepreneurship."

Michele Santomauro and Vance Lewis holding component reels in preparation to load the pick and place machines. Photo by Andrew Tingle

Founded in a dorm room in 2005 by MIT engineer Limor “Ladyada” Fried as an online learning resource and marketplace for do-it-yourself electronics, Adafruit is now a highly successful community-driven electronics company, educational resource, and maker community thriving in SoHo, Manhattan.
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LED eyelashes coming to a dance floor near you went to the Maker Faire in the East Bay, where they found Tien Pham sporting his latest creation: F.Lashes, interactive LED false eyelashes. Read the rest

Doctor Who-themed shed

The Shed of the Year contest had a number of worthy entries in 2017, but Paul Foden got my vote just before voting closed. SWNS TV took a tour. Read the rest

How to make your own fidget spinner without any tools

If Mad Max had a fidget spinner, it would probably resemble this one. Make your own with a bearing, assorted nuts, and a few zip ties. No tools necessary. (MAKE:)

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