589 posts tagged Crafts
589 posts tagged Crafts
A couple weeks ago we featured necklaces with scented miniature food pendants and now we’ve found the perfect rings to match. Danvers, MA-based artist Casey the Crafter uses polymer clay to make each of these realistic and beautifully detailed food-themed rings by hand. In addition to rings, she also sculpts wonderful standalone pieces, which are perfect for dollhouses or simply as kawaii collectibles.
Check out CaseysMiniShop on Etsy to view more of her marvelous miniature creations.
Anke designed an adorable teapot cozy that accentuates the teapot’s resemblance to a snail’s shell and adds a pair of eye stalks to complete the transformation. They really do look like cute snails, but with the added bonus that these charming mollusks won’t eat your garden plants.
It’s no secret that the Geyser of Awesome loves a good sweater, particularly when they’re impressively ugly and/or being worn by cute animals. We’ve seen sweaters on Shetland ponies, cats, pugs, turtles, mini pigs, lambs and even snakes. There was also that unforgettably upsetting clown sweater worn by wilwheaton, but let’s try to stay on track.
Let’s talk about penguins, penguins that don’t just look cute in little sweaters, but who desperately need them to help recover from the potentially lethal affects of oil pollution. When their feathers become coated with oil, penguins lose their ability to keep warm. And when they try to preen their dirty feathers they end up ingesting the toxic oil. As a result oiled penguins frequently die from exposure and starvation. The Penguin Foundation at Phillip Island Nature Parks in Victoria, Australia takes in oiled penguins and uses knitted sweaters to keep the birds warm and prevent them from preening until their feathers can be properly cleaned.
And you can help them.
If you’re a knitter you can download the penguin sweater pattern here and send in sweaters. But wait, if you aren’t a knitter but still want to help, you can support the foundation by clicking here to donate or adopt a penguin. Put a penguin in a sweater and you’ve not only made the world a cuter place, you’ve also helped save a penguin.
Click here to learn more about the Penguin Foundation and their awesomely good work.
[via Fashionably Geek]
Last month we shared photos of a fantastic Tauntaun rocking horse and today the latest in Star Wars-related rocking horses is this awesome AT-AT Rocker. It was designed and made by Jen Yates, creator of EPBOT and Cakewrecks.
"Well, of course I’m being childish! There’s no point being grown-up if you can’t be childish sometimes."
Sandbach, Cheshire, UK-based Playmobil member Emma J made is awesome custom set of steampunk Doctor Who toys featuring a TARDIS, a Dalek, and the 4th Doctor. Tom Baker looks great in tiny plastic form. We hope that beautiful TARDIS is full of Jelly Babies.
Playmobil + Doctor Who = Awesome
Click here to view more of Emma J’s custom Playmobil creations.
[via Nerd Approved]
"Remember: Walk without rhythm and we won’t attract the worm. It will go to the thumper."
The giant sandworms of Dune have been known to grow more than 400 meters long and have vast mouths filled with a fearsome array of crystalline teeth. They’re breathtaking and terrifying and now, thanks to canida, an Oakland, CA-based Instructables user, you can dress up just like one.
This awesome Giant Sandworm Shai Hulud Costume was created using an inexpensive children’s play tunnel, 6 yards of sandworm-tan fabric, mouth-pink fabric, posterboard, wire, a large cardboard box and basic sewing skills. Click here for step-by-step instructions. However you’ll have to figure out your own recipe for the spice melange.
Nothing says “Our love will last forever.” like a tiny gold squid encircling your ring finger. This tentacular little beauty was handmade by Portland, OR-based jeweler Cheyenne Weil of gin & butterflies. She custom-makes each Squid Wedding Band by hand-carving the ring in wax and then casting it using the lost-wax method.
"This ring is a highly detailed piece with the squid and water/wave design flowing all the way around the ring, leaving no particular part "up." It is a nice 8mm in width, over 2mm thick, and has a delicious weighty feel."
[via Fashionably Geek]
The Art Fund, a UK-based charity which raises money to help galleries purchase and exhibit works of art, is using edible artwork as an upcoming fundraising initiative called Edible Masterpieces. It’s a philanthropic bake-off.
To help inspire prospective participants, the Art Fund created and staged a series of recipes, which include a Mondrian-inspired Battenberg cake, a Jackson Pollock-themed rice krispies treat, and a glittering skill-shaped cake made in the likeness of Damien Hirst’s diamond-encrusted skull. For those more inclined towards a savory treat there’s even a van Gogh-inspired ploughman’s lunch.
All funds raised will be used to support UK museums and galleries. Click here to learn more.
Photos by Maja smend, food styling by Kim Morphew, prop styling by Lydia Brun, recipes by Georgia Levy
Behold the awesomeness that is Minas Tirith, the City of Kings and capital of Gondor in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Iowan artist Pat Acton spent three years and used 420,000 matchsticks, 24,000 small wooden blocks, a careful hand and lots of glue to recreate this awesome matchstick model of the White City. The blocks were used to build Mount Mindolluin, the easternmost peak of the White Mountains, which supports the colossal matchstick structure.
If you’re traveling through Iowa and looking for interesting sights, you can visit Acton’s Matchstick Marvels Museum in Gladbrook, Iowa to view this and other amazing matchstick structures in person. The museum is open 7 days a week from 1-5 pm (April 1 – Nov. 30). However they caution that the museum “is not responsible for injuries suffered from Orcs and Uruk-hai.”
Head over to Twisted Sifter for additional photos.
Tokyo-based knitter Hiroko creates all sorts of lovely knitwear, which you can see on her Flickr stream or Ravelry page, but our favorite pieces are the awesome hats she makes for her adorable dog Cochi. Over the last few years Cochi has been dressed as medusa, a bunny, a cow, a tiger and more. But most recently Cochi was transformed into a magical Unicorn.