Self-taught Alaskan sculptor Lee Cross, known professionally as Wood Splitter Lee, creates incredible one of a kind fantasy creatures that are so remarkably lifelike they verge on creepy, which is just one of the things that makes them so awesome. All of Lee’s creatures are completely made by hand without the use of and patterns, molds or casts. Their bodies contain articulated skeletons wrapped with stuffing, making them very soft to handle and fully posable. They’re decorated with carefully hand-applied synthetic fur and paint. As you can see from these photos, some of Lee’s creatures are more fantastic in nature than others, but they’re all amazing to behold.

Lee’s creatures are available for purchase through weekly Auction Adoptions held on eBay.

To check out more of her phenomenal handmade creatures, visit Wood Splitter Lee’s DeviantArt gallery.

[via DeMilked]

Behold the Blades of the Rainbow Ninja, a shiny new offering from the boffins at ThinkGeek that makes our Magical Unicorn Mask look ready to take on the most dastardly foe or impress the socks off everyone at the nearest Benihana.

These are very real stainless steel blades that have been coated with titanium to give them a dazzling rainbow finish. Designed by the legendary Gil Hibben, they come two sets, Viper Twin Swords or Triple Rainbow Knives. Click here for additional info and to order.

Just one thing, please don’t try to wield these rainbow weapons while wearing Unicorn Hooves. It’ll only end in rainbow tears.

[via Nerd Approved]

Chances are good you’ve got some buttons stashed away somewhere. They fall off our clothes or come with new clothing as spares in tiny pouches. What do you do with those orphan buttons? Miami-based artist Augusto Esquivel (previously featured here) uses buttons - so many buttons - to create intricate works of art, including a new series of monochromatic celebrity portraits.

"I realize how insignificant and small a simple sewing button can be as it lays in my grandmother’s sewing box, but at the same time how unique and precious it can become as part of a work of art. Like an atom in a molecule, each button serves and shapes the whole. I hold the button to my ear and it whispers to me, ‘I want to be…..’"

To create these pieces Esquivel uses hundreds of monofilament strings upon which he painstakingly threads thousands of buttons into hanging chains, similar to how our friend Kevin Champeny strings his awesome GummiBear Candeliers. When all of the button strings are hung side by side they form a pixelated image, such as the faces of Salvador Dalí, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Audrey Hepburn seen here.

Over the years Esquivel has strung countless buttons to create many things, including a recreation of the Mona Lisa. But our favorite piece has got to be his Mounted Unicorn Head, because Unicorns.

Visit Augusto Esquivel’s website and Facebook page to check out more of his beguiling buttonwork.

[via The Visual News]

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.

Words of wisdom by Elle Lothlorien via KnitHacker: “Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn.”

[via KnitHacker and KitCameo]

Elisa Naranja Metalica is a self-taught mixed media artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina who uses toys, jewelry, coins, electronics, and pretty much anything else that’s small and not nailed down to create intricate and often vibrant assemblage pieces inspired by pop culture, mythology and art history.

Visit Elisa’s Facebook page and Flickr stream to check out more of her geektastic artwork.

[via Geeks are Sexy]

Cleveland, Ohio-based custom toy artist Infinite Rabbits created this fantastic (and magically gruesome) custom MINDstyle Horselington figure called “The Unicorn Hunter”. In addition to the custom paint job, he exchanged the hunter’s sword for a giant battle axe, added a golden unicorn horn to the horse’s severed head, sculpted the unicorn’s body (complete with a tail made from actual hair) and, last but not least, created the pool of rainbow blood - along with the rainbow splatter on the axe.

To give you an even better idea of how much work was put into this amazing custom figure, click here take a look at the original version by EWOK 5MH.

[via SpankyStokes]