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Wooden toys by 80-year-old Japanese toymaker Masaaki Hiroi

Fourth generation toymaker Masaaki Hiroi handcrafts toys in his workshop at the age of 80. In this AJ+ profile, he talks about his work, his classic toys, and aging. He wants to live until he's 200 years old. An excer...

Hand-cranked kangaroo automaton (and friends)

As the kangaroo leaps, its ears wiggle. Its eyes roll. The flowers dance. Birds fly, and the cat's trying to hang onto a fish. This incredibly charming piece of mechanical mayhem, titled Hundredweight of Heads, was cr...

Puppeteer Barnaby Dixon’s new puppet concept

Puppeteer and puppet designer Barnaby Dixon developed a brand new design for his finger puppet concept, refining its internal mechanisms and improving its movements. Using his human hands in a new configuration, he's ...

How is Victorian Nectar Drop candy made?

...and why are lemon drops, cough drops, and fruit drops all called drops? In this video by Tallahassee, Florida's Lofty Pursuits artisanal candy makers, we get an up close look at how their restored candy equipme...

Inside the Pantone color factory

At Pantone's factory headquarters in Carlstadt, New Jersey, there are highly trained color specialists that can see subtle differences between similar colors... really similar colors. Pantone specializes in art and de...

Hikaru dorodango, handmade ‘shining mud dumplings’

Around 2001, Professor Fumio Kayo of the Kyoto University of Education made news by bringing the Japanese art of hikaru dorodango (どろ だんご or 'shining mud dumpling') into preschool classrooms as a play activity, t...

The Weather Artist: Chasing Storms With Sculpture

Sculptor Nathalie Miebach translates astronomical, ecological, and meteorological scientific data into twisting woven sculptures full of color and information. Via Great Big Story, she explains: "My method of tran...

How do we know what stars are made of?

How do astronomers know what stars are made of when those stars are light years away from Earth? These demonstrations by Dr Francisco Diego reveal the colors of light that are produced from sodium chloride, rubidium c...

The Wintergatan Marble Machine, music made from 2,000 marbles

Multiple instruments are interlaced within this 3,000 part, hand-crafted invention by Swedish musician Martin Molin. With continuous cranking, lever flips, and other machine tweaks, his original composition comes to l...

Bunny & guinea pig adventures – Hello Denizen

Comedy group Hello Denizen loves working with animals, from tiny hamsters eating burritos to throwing birthday parties for hedgehogs. In this series of adventures, bunnies and guinea pigs go on Safari Adventures, and ...

The art & technology behind 1960s Wallpaper Manufacturing

Whether they were hand-printed with precisely placed large blocks of color, or were run through machines that quickly pressed the surface colors onto the rolls, wallpapers at this Perivale factory in Greater London we...

DOTMOT Paper Camera Kit

With computer templates, careful cuts, clean folds, and a bright color palette, this Paper Camera Kit by independent design lab DOTMOT is a yet another beautiful example of well made paper craft.

Easy paper card pop-up tutorials for kids – Antje von Stemm

From German paper engineer and illustrator Antje von Stemm, and hands L and R, enjoy this series of easy pop-up book tutorials for kids. Above, Stack the Boxes Up. Below, Make a Snappy Mouth, add eyes, and Make a Pop-...

From the potter’s wheel at Tortus Copenhagen

From master potter and designer Eric Landon of Tortus Copenhagen, enjoy this up close look at what it takes to hand-make a ceramic vase: The Motions (2014). And here's Landon's work from the material's point of vi...

Tiny engines made with paper

Behold engineer Aliaksei Zholner's working V8 engine, made entirely with paper (and he notes, "some scotch tape on valves to eliminate friction"). At 32 x 24 x 27 mm, it is tiny, as is this paper throttle: Zho...

Anamorphic Star Wars Shadow Art by Red Hong Yi

From architect and artist Red Hong Yi, observe these seven anamorphic Star Wars silhouettes, shadow art experiments created by shining a beam of light from a specific position onto different shapes arranged on wires. ...

How this color changing cake was made + lenticular printing

Like those ridged images that appear to animate as you tilt them back and forth -- on photo postcards, bookmarks, rulers, books, toys, and more -- watch as this cake icing seems to change colors as it rotates. Of ...

Crafting a highly-detailed paper Boeing 777 jet airplane

This airline commercial features the intricate work of Luca Iaconi-Stewart, an American designer who has been making 1:60-scale Boeing 777 jet airliners from manila folders and glue for the last five years. With t...

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