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BilletSpin Tops: Navigator by john cheng

I've always loved spinning tops from when I was very young. My first top was a wooden throw top that my dad taught me how to throw. It took a while to get the hang of it, but that memory has stayed with me ever since. Now that I'm older, I still love tops, but my tastes have also gotten older.

In comes the precision metal spinning tops. These suckers might be expensive, but are well worth it. They are tiny pieces of art that you can play with. Yes you could buy another knife to add to your collection of EDC with the amount that you spend, but you can't really play with a knife in the way you could with a top. Plus you can bring it anywhere unlike with a knife. 

That being said, you should check out the Navigator by BilletSpin on Indiegogo. This is the 25th top that they've made and its a beauty of a top. The machine work on this thing is gorgeous. Reminds me of what I imagined the Golden Compass should look like. 

Last bit of information, once this campaign is over, they wont be made again! 


3A Toys x Bravest Warriors by john cheng

I don't even know where to start. I've been following WO3A for quite some time and hope to own a toy of theirs in the near future. I haven't made a purchase yet mostly because I don't have the funds to buy one of their amazing toys.

It is definitely getting way more difficult especially with the new release of the Bravest Warriors toys. I mean, just look at them! Beautifully made! You can pre-order them at Bambalandstore May 21st, mark your calendars!

Paige Smith Urban Geode by john cheng

Artist Paige Smith in Los Angeles crafts paper and resin geode crystals and installs them throughout the city. Sometimes I happen to cross paths with one of these and they always put a smile on my face. Such simple forms that produce beautiful results against an urban landscape.

DIY: Industrial Pipe Stools by john cheng

It's Friday! If you have no plans for the weekend, maybe it's time to create a few industrial pipe stools for your home. Love Grows Wild has a great DIY tutorial on how to build these awesome stools, so hurry and gather your supplied to build these before the weekend passes you by.

DIY Mini BB-8 by john cheng

As many should know by now, BB-8 the spherical droid, is not cgi. The droid is an actual physical object that the actors were able to interact with. BB-8 has been developed with the aid of Sphero the company that developed the smartphone controlled RC ball.

Well Christian Poulsen has already hacked said RC ball into a mini BB-8! If you want to build your own little BB-8, Poulsen has a breakdown on how to make one at Make:

Playing catch with my home made BB-8 Droid. Check out more of my work here: http://www.cp3d.us/ And the building process here: http://makezine.com/projects/make-this-mini-star-wars-bb-8-ball-droid-with-a-hacked-sphero/

Tested: Felt Creatures with Woolbuddy by john cheng

Norm from Tested interviews Jackie Huang from "Woolbuddies" at WonderCon 2015. I saw this guy a few years back at Dcon and his kits are amazing. I'm thinking about buying a kit again!

If you're looking for a fun weekend project or a fun DIY gift for someone, this is definitely a fun project to pick up.

At WonderCon, we meet up with Jackie Huang, an artist who sculpts with felt to create fantastic creatures. Jackie's "Woolbuddies" take the form of everything from adorable owls to giant dragons and even an R2-D2 droid. We learn about the felting process and get a quick demo!

How To Turn Styrofoam, Into Solid Aluminum by john cheng

Watch the latest King of Random video that uses Styrofoam to create an aluminum positive. Time to heat up that crucible!

Here's how to turn almost any styrofoam creation you can think up, into solid aluminum. It's almost like magic! :) See more metal casting experiments: http://bit.ly/PopCanMelting Next Video: Coming Soon! Previous Video: Homemade Microwave Popcorn: http://bit.ly/MicrowavePopcorn Subscribe for new videos every 5 days! http://bit.ly/TKoRSubscribe Join my email list!

Man at Arms: Hylian Shield by john cheng

The guys over at Man at Arms: Reforged build the Hylian Shield from scratch. Awesome!

Which weapon will be next? ►► Subscribe! http://bit.ly/AWEsub Every other Monday, our team of blacksmiths and craftsman will be building some of your favorite weapons, and some weapons that you've never seen before. This week, we're recreating Link's Hylian Shield from Zelda!

Designer: Kelli Anderson by john cheng

I just discovered designer Kelli Anderson and a great video about her and her process and I'm blown away! I love everything about her thought process and how she's not stuck at her computer designing, but designing in a very intentional and active way beyond her desk. Definitely a new rock star design inspiration for me.

WSJ ~ ‘Calvin and Hobbes’: America’s Most Profound Comic Strip by john cheng

Christopher Caldwell, of the Wall Street Journal, did a great write up about Calvin and Hobbes. Read the entire article at WSJ. Oh how I miss the days of reading through these comics.

At its simplest level, the strip is about the friendship between a bright 6-year-old misfit (Calvin) and his pet tiger (Hobbes). Its “trick” is that Hobbes is a lifeless stuffed animal when others are present and a rollicking, witty companion when they are not. So the story can be understood on many levels. It is about the richness of the imagination, the subversiveness of creativity and the irreconcilability of private yearnings and worldly reality. Where Calvin sees a leaf-monster trying to swallow him, Calvin’s father sees his troublemaker son scattering the leaf-piles he has spent all afternoon raking.

Willy Lastra Glass Blowing Studio in Buenos Aires by john cheng

Check out this great video of Willy Lastra's glass blowing studio in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Get a closer look into his studio as well as why he decided to open up this studio.

Un perfil sobre Willy Lastra, soplador de vidrio artesanal, en su taller de Berazategui, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Música: Mientras tanto Narcotango de su disco Cuenco -- A profile on Argentine glassblower Willy Lastra and his workshop in Berazategui, Buenos Aires. Music: Mientas tanto by Narcotango from their album Cuenco

The Sucklord by john cheng

Great short interview of Sucklord in his studio by Joey Garfield. I love how Sucklord finishes a thought and immediately continues to sand whatever he's working on.

Joey Garfield spends an afternoon with The Sucklord, talking Star Wars, Gay Rights, and why Super Villains have the upper hand. Director: Joey Garfield Starring: The Sucklord DP: Jan Reichle Editor: Jonah Oskow Colorist: Alex Delany Mixer: Weston Fonger Soundtrack: The Crystal Pharoah Child: Dmitri Arons A Ghost Robot Production www.suckadelic.com www.ghostrobot.com www.thecrystalpharoah.com www.offsitecolor.com Read more at Ghost Robot's Grand Quarterly www.grandquarterly.com

Katamaku: Utilizing Materials by john cheng

What a great way to upcycle unused materials! Rather than throwing the material away or recycling by breaking it down through processes to create other materials, Katamaku has taken the used canvas material as is and re-purposed it into entirely new products. SMART!

Katamaku is a new series of products that utilize unused parts of the membrane material that were to be thrown away. They were made into various cases and bags for everyday use. The products use industrial membrane fabric, such as used for the roof of Tokyo Dome. One aim of the designers is that people will appreciate the beauty in materials that are not usually seen up close.

Adam Savage Builds the Hedge Maze from The Shining by john cheng

Adam Savage designs and builds an accurate replica of the hedge maze model from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Get an inside look into how he thinks and plans out the process of his builds.

Watch our in-depth discussion of this maze build here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRAqx8stEnY Over the span of a month, Adam designed and built an accurate replica of the hedge maze architectural model from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. The maze model, as seen in The Overlook Hotel, is only seen briefly, but reference screenshots from throughout the film allowed Adam to painstakingly recreate it.

Man at Arms: League of Legends Katarina's Daggers by john cheng

League of Legends fans! Man at arms Reforged took a stab at making Katarina's Daggers and they look awesome! Check out the entire process in the video! Check out more awesome weapons created by Man at Arms on the AweMe Channel.

Which weapon will be next? ►► Subscribe! http://bit.ly/AWEsub Every other Monday, our team of blacksmiths and craftsman will be building some of your favorite weapons, and some weapons that you've never seen before. This week, we're recreating Katarina's Daggers from League of Legends!

Kawara Chair: Recycled Japanese Roof Tiles by john cheng

Designer Tsuyoshi Kawara has taken old Japanese Roof tiles and reused them to create the Kawara Chair. These beautiful tiles are fired and 1200 degrees Celsius, resulting in the ability to hold the weight of a person up to 250 lbs. The Tiles are set on a beautiful wooden frame and come in a variety of different glazes.

Custom Design Hard Candy by john cheng

Check out these confectioners from La Confiserie Candy Labs crafting handmade custom designed centered hard candies. Pretty cool! Too bad Valentines day has passed, maybe keep this up your sleeve for next year.

On a search for something interesting, we look only in places we expect surprises. Inconspicuously located in downtown Montreal, we discovered a shop that makes handmade specialty candy on the spot right in front of you! Have you ever wondered how candy is made?