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Lately, my bucket has been brimming over with ideas. I love Pinterest not just to discover cute and clever art lessons, but for ideas to create them. I’m in the business of creating my own content so I look to my surroundings (and Pinterest!) for my daily fix. Here’s what’s inspiring me lately… A simple image often spurs the brain into action. I’m always on the lookout for a simple approach to teach perspective and this atmospheric grove of birch trees is perfect. Last summer, I took my parents to visit Lotusland in Santa Barbara. Of course, inspiration is never far away. What has inspired you lately? Share October Inspirations October Inspirations
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Amalgamated is a new series of vessels by studio markunpoika constructed from assembled pencils. Taking advantage of the pencil’s unique hexagon shape, the pencils are first tightly glued together at each facet to form a solid block. The final pieces are then carved on a machine lathe to reveal the insides of each pencil. Via studio markunpoika: “Amalgamated” is a collection which explores the relationship of a mass produced ‘tool’ and its individual purpose. The beauty of the pencil as an object seems to go unnoticed if utilised only for their primary purpose. The vessels are part of a collaboration between Gallery FUMI and Faber-Castell and were recently on view as part of Design Miami/Basel 2014. Vases Constructed from Hundreds of Pencils by Studio Markunpoika Vases Constructed from Hundreds of Pencils by Studio Markunpoika
From 2012-2013 Gucci Japan produced an online video series called “Hand” that payed homage to 35 artists and designers who eschew modern mass-production in favor of traditional techniques. One of the most impressive videos is an example of Japanese parquetry demonstrated by Noboru Honma, where geometric mosaics of wood are cut into razor-thin veneers for application on boxes or other decorative objects. According to Jesus Diaz over at Gizmodo, when viewed with headphones and at full-screen, this video may be an example of autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), a perceptual phenomenon that’s described on Wikipedia as “a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation in the head, scalp, back, or peripheral regions of the body in response to visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, and/or cognitive stimuli.” So, what’s the verdict, does this Japanese parquetry make your spine tingle!? Or maybe this calligraphy video? The Fine Art of Japanese Parquetry Using Razor-Thin Slices of Wood Mosaics The Fine Art of Japanese Parquetry Using Razor-Thin Slices of Wood Mosaics
How to Make Perfect Ice at Home -- Cocktail Recipes How to Make Perfect Ice at Home -- Cocktail Recipes Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. Today: Do you have a chainsaw? No? Well, you can still make pretty good ice at home. Just don't expect perfection. Perfect ice is the holy grail of home mixology. Here's the thing about ice: its density varies. In the name of research (and also in the name of drinking), I set off to bravely discover the secret to perfect ice. And then everyone shot me down. There is one way, though, recommended to me by bartender Sother Teague, which requires slowing down the freezing process. Your other option is this: accept defeat and make ice anyways. The old "boil it twice, freeze it hot" song-and-dance. More: Pick up our favorite ice cube trays in Provisions. The orange juice carton techniqueThis strategy comes from Brandon Pettit, the pizzaiolo at Seattle's beloved Delancey and half of MollyandBrandon. More: Put this puppy in an Old Fashioned!
When to Shake or Stir a Cocktail - Bartending Guide When to Shake or Stir a Cocktail - Bartending Guide When he's not busy running the cocktail program at New York City's Maialino, Erik Lombardo is giving us the rundown on all things spirits -- and showing us the best ways to drink them. Today: For the happiest hour, learn when to stir, and when to shake. It’s the moment you’ve long dreaded: You’ve invited your mustachioed, speakeasy-going friend over for dinner and he’s asked for a cocktail. He watches incredulously as you pour gin, vermouth, and Campari into a cocktail shaker, his voice slowly trailing off from his story as the ice slams back and forth in your shaker. Well…yeah. More: Practice stirring on the Boulevardier. A great rule of thumb that will rarely ever steer you wrong is this: Stir spirits. When you stir, the ice should be a combination of very dense, large pieces and smaller chips. More: Onto the shaking? The ice in the shake is just as important as it is in the stir: Use large cubes or pieces of very cold, dense ice. So: Shake for citrus, stir for spirits.
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Every week -- often with your help -- Food52's Executive Editor Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that are nothing short of genius. Today: A last-minute, 2-ingredient DIY host gift -- or a party trick for your own New Year's celebration. Either way, you'll start 2015 making an impression. In 2015, our pantry shelves will finally look like the ones on our Pinterest boards. We will fashion our own hot sauce, and bread, and other sundries. We will be the most generous hosts and most thoughtful guests. But why wait until 2015 to start doing those things? The dawn of 2014 may have been a time to grab a bottle of whatever bubbly and just show up, but 2015 deserves a little bit more. You'll be saying to your friends, "Here is a cocktail you don't need to shake or stir or swizzle or crush ice for. More: The last step in ensuring legendary status? Not only that, but you can avoid a schlep. Later in the year, you can pull the same trick out again and again. The Genius Recipes cookbook is here! How to Make Sugar Cubes for Genius Champagne Cocktails How to Make Sugar Cubes for Genius Champagne Cocktails
9 Cool Things to Do With Old Books Bibliophiles and bookworms, English majors and lovers of literature: is it possible to have too many books? They accumulate so quickly! Every member of your family getting you the same three books you requested for Christmas. Seeing Don DeLillo marked half-off, knowing you dumped a half-caff latte on your copy of Underworld, and – even though only the first three pages are illegible – justifying its purchase. 15+ years of required reading lists stored in boxes in your basement, even though you can bet your bippy you will never willingly read the poetry of Robert Burns again. We are up to our waists in books, some of which we hate (really Master Burns? Update: Do to the overwhelming support (HA!) 1. It brings a whole new meaning to “audio book.” Use your old books to showcase your artistic side. Good for hiding passwords and codes, the key to your safe, and family jewels. 2. Your choice of ribbon can transform this wreath so it is suitable for every holiday – or every day! 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9 Cool Things to Do With Old Books
From storing items, beds or coffee tables to window boxes, shoe cabinets or comfortable rockers, a wooden pallet is anything but waste timber. Since lots of companies are dependent on fiber from wood recycling, why not to try to gain all the benefits for your home? Perfect for a lounge area in the balcony or a lovely corner in the garden, wooden pallets can be combined, remodeled and fixed up in practical desks, chairs, bookcases, tables and beds. Have a look on the gallery below and you will find many ideas of pallet furniture. Don’t miss: 20 Patios Perfect for Your Garden and 45 Delightful Outdoor Dining Area Design Ideas If you are passionate about reducing the amount of trees being cut down, then you will understand our call to recycle and reuse old pallets instead of manufacturing new products. Also, if you are interested in recycling pallets, you will enjoy reading 25 Ways Of How To Use Pallets In Your Garden and DIY Green Living Wall Projects For Your Home. or 30 x 30 or 48 x 40 35 Creative Ways To Recycle Wooden Pallets 35 Creative Ways To Recycle Wooden Pallets
By Jessica Jones, How About Orange Find an envelope of any size. (I embellished these by printing a label on the front of them first. 1. 2. 3. 4. DIY: Gift Bags Made from Recycled Envelopes DIY: Gift Bags Made from Recycled Envelopes
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Basic Resin Casting In this tutorial, you will learn about basic resin casting - the types of resins, how to measure them and how to work with them. You will also learn about different types of molds and how to mix them. What you need Resin Measuring Tools Disposable Mixing bowl or cup Disposable tools Suitable mold Cooking Spray Straw Items for Embedding Instructions Resins: Polyester Resin: is a liquid plastic that hardens when a few drops of the catalyst are added to create a chemical reaction. Epoxy Resin: These resins are more frequently used in the crafting and hobby world, they are easy to use with a low toxicity, making them suitable for ventilated craft rooms and work areas. Epoxy resins come in two parts: resin and hardener. Always handle resins with care, and follow the proper use that is recommended by the manufacturer. Pigments and Dyes: These come in liquids, powders and pastes . Molds: Latex molds: These are great to use as the flexibility of them means you can literally POP out your resin cast. Basic Resin Casting
Casting Flexible Polyurethane Foam I have been making a series of 3D printed molds recently (see Making a 3D Printed Mold) and figured I should explain how I'm doing the casting. The molds are for animal ear shapes (it's a long story) and they need to be squishy and light weight. The best material for this is polyurethane foam. It comes in a two-part kit, similar to most RTV silicones and casting resins. It's slightly harder to work with than those other materials due to its very short pot life, but with a bit of practice you can achieve good results. I'll show pictures of the 3D printed molds I've used but you can also cast into molds made from many other materials. Note that if you are going to use a silicone, or other rubber mold, you will need to be sure to use a "mother" mold, which is an outer mold that is stiff, unlike the stretchy rubber. "Submitted by Ace Monster Toys for the Instructables Sponsorship Program"
32 Paint Chip Projects - C.R.A.F.T. Here’s an idea for you to try Katie… next time you go to the hardware store, ask the employees if you can pay for some paint chips. They will say no. Because how do they ring them up? I think you’re being extremely rude, the projects featured here don’t look cheesy to me at all, and I’m extremely picky about crafted items. Part of the ethos of craft is finding alternative uses for ordinary items. Please be courteous to other creators.
Chevron Pattern Round Up - C.R.A.F.T. the chevron pattern has been trendy for quite some time now…I still love it and see it everywhere… fun and simple. The following 10 chevron projects are complete with DIY tutorials enjoy. [turn stripes into chevron!] Check out Tatertots and Jello for 20 more chevron inspired ideas and Casa Sugar created a trend alert post: chevron walls!
49 Tin can crafts - C.R.A.F.T. If you’ve been reading C.R.A.F.T. for awhile, you know I love a good giant round up of similar crafts! You can see all of the round ups here. Some of my favorites are 17 up cycled flower pots and 20 DIY light fixtures! I’ve done a few tin can crafts lately, and decided to see what else I could make with a good ol’ free tin can! I found lots of inspiration… check it out! Organization crafts 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Seasonal crafts and gifts 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 4th of July windsock 17. 18. 19. Party decor crafts 20. Kid crafts 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. Home decor crafts 28. 29. 30. 33. Garden crafts 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. Food crafts 47. 48. 49. So, which tin can craft is your fave?
Start Blacksmithing Now, before you even start thinking about getting an anvil or hammers, I suggest you start looking for a nice forge. This will probably be the most expensive thing you will have to buy if you are getting a gas forge, so this will really decide wither or not you really want to get into blacksmithing. Now you have two choices: coal or gas. With a gas forge it's a lot cleaner and easier to use. With a coal forge it's a lot cheaper (next to nothing) to buy/make and you can control the temperature better. The choice is up to you.
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