DIY

These Mechanical Rock Sculptures Are Suspended with Their Own Weight

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Read articles from the magazine right here on Make:. Don’t have a subscription yet? Get one today. Artist Dan Grayber combines elements from industrial design and nature to create objects that seem to defy gravity. Suspended within glass domes, large rocks are held in place with metal scaffolding, or alternatively, lend the sculpture balance by hanging motionless from wires and ...

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Use Tent Poles for a Collapsible Demonstration Sign

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Feature photos by Hep Svadja. Step shots by Paul Spinrad Read articles from the magazine right here on Make:. Don’t have a subscription yet? Get one today. Whether you’re in the demonstration or the counter-demonstration, you need a good sign. Here’s how to make a tall and tote-worthy double-sided sign from reusable and reused materials. 1. Punch holes With the box ...

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Build an LED Copter and Slingshot

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Illustrations by Mike Gray Read articles from the magazine right here on Make:. Don’t have a subscription yet? Get one today. This two-part project not only lights up but also flies through the air! This post is an excerpt from Electricity for Young Makers: Fun and Easy Do-It-Yourself Projects. Find it at online and at all fine bookstores. Build the Launcher 1. ...

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These Interactive Cellphone Butterflies Come to Life When You Call Them

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Photography by Michael Greensmith Read articles from the magazine right here on Make:. Don’t have a subscription yet? Get one today. Bugs are fascinating. So ubiquitous and industrious, and so necessary on a basic level. Electronics are sort of like that, too. So when British cellular network O2 commissioned London-based artist and geek collective Is This Good? to promote an ...

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Coins Become a Canvas for This Intricate Carver

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Read articles from the magazine right here on Make:. Don’t have a subscription yet? Get one today. Next time you have a pocket full of loose change, take a few moments to inspect your coins. You may be holding onto a work of art. Shaun Hughes engraves coins with intricate and beautiful designs. This process of altering a coin with ...

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Take Photos Through These Raspberry Pi Powered Binoculars

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The Over-Engineered version The Quick and Dirty version Read articles from the magazine right here on Make:. Don’t have a subscription yet? Get one today. Upgrade a pair of binoculars (or a telescope or microscope) with a Raspberry Pi 2 and a Pi camera and use one of Adafruit’s touch LCDs to view and take pictures at a distance. This ...

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This Week in Making: Star Wars Cake, Project Crates for Kids, E3 Countdown, and More

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Glowing Lightsaber Cake Lorenzo Wood has had experience making cakes with light-up stands, so he wanted to try putting lights into a cake for once. Wanting to have the lights work themselves into the actual design of the cake, he chose Cake Topper Designs’ Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens movie poster topper and customized things so that both Kylo Ren’s and ...

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Sculpting with Books to Make Abstract Art

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Read articles from the magazine right here on Make:. Don’t have a subscription yet? Get one today. A palimpsest is a physical page that is reused for a new document, where traces of the original text are still visible. Historically, these were made due to lack of resources, but Hawaii-based sculptor Jacqueline Rush Lee has been working in this vein ...

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This Unique Ukulele Is Scratch-Built From a Felled Tree

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Amy Qian appears to be one of those people who is always making something. Her website is full of cool projects like little electric carts and custom bikes. The project that stood out to me the most, however, was her travel ukulele. Amy started with a chainsaw. She had a walnut tree that needed a trim and the resultant pile of ...

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Tech-Savvy Knitwear Designer Weighs In On Kniterate

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  Any doubt about the public demand for an automated desktop knitting machine was obliterated when Kniterate’s kickstarter finished at $636,130; a figure that’s over six times their initial goal. Those who contributed to the crowdfunding campaign took advantage of the opportunity to purchase a machine at just under $5,000, which is significantly less than the expected retail price. Kniterate ...

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