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How to make a turquoise goblet

How did the Venetians make turquoise glass in the late 1400s? Find out as Bill Gudenrath, glass specialist at the Corning Museum of Glass, uses traditional glass blowing methods to create a replica of the extremely ra...

Turning quick sketches into beautiful desserts

At Chicago's critically acclaimed restaurant Elske, co-owner Anna Posey uses her talents as both an artist and a chef to draw sketches of her dessert inventions before she puts them together with food. In this video f...

Hammering, sanding, & polishing aluminium foil into a shiny sphere

In March 2018, YouTuber SKYtomo shaped, sanded, and polished a ball of aluminum foil into a shiny sphere, a ten-minute video that's currently approaching four million views. His project seems to have inspired other Yo...

How to Make 29 Handmade Pasta Shapes With 4 Types of Dough

How are different kinds of pasta shapes made? In this epic 27-minute Bon Appétit video, Eataly Flatiron's pastaio Luca D'Onofrio demonstrates how to make 29 handmade pasta shapes with four types of dough: Semolina pas...

Making a kitchen knife from a roll of aluminum foil

With a roll of aluminum foil, some heat, a small hammer, a few whetstones, and lots of repetitive tapping and sanding, layers of foil can be turned into a sharpened kitchen knife. In the video above, YouTuber Kiwami J...

My Father’s Tools and the indigenous art of basket weaving

From finding a bendable Black Ash tree in the forest—"He chooses the specific log based on soil, smell, and even the sound of the tree when you bang on it."—to chopping, preparing, and refining it for weaving, Stephen...

Gangolf Ulbricht, The Papermaker

In a basement studio in Berlin-Kreuzberg's Arthouse Bethanien, papermaker Gangolf Ulbricht makes fine, wood-free papers by hand, including one of the thinnest paper in the world, for bookbinders, designers, printers, ...

Making clay pots and bowls on a pottery wheel with Mister Rogers

"One of the fun things about clay is it's like mud, and when I was young, I used to play in mud and make shapes. It's very similar." In this episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood from 1991, Mister Rogers visits th...

How traditional Nabulsi soap is handmade in the Toukan Soap factory

In the city of Nablus in the West Bank, workers at the Toukan Soap factory make natural soap by hand. The family-owned company is "the oldest survivor of this once-prominent industry," one of the two remaining soap fa...

How ballet pointe shoes are made for The Royal Ballet

From The Royal Opera House, go behind-the-scenes at Freed of London, the 1929-founded British company that supplies handmade pointe shoes to The Royal Ballet and ballet companies around the world. Royal Ballet dan...

The Link Between Japanese Samurai and Real Indigo

Real indigo-dyed clothing is not like the blue you know. Richer than the chemical blues used on most fabrics today, real indigo dye comes from a plant and has a surprising range of qualities: on fabric it is antibacte...

Road painters painting road markings by hand

The painted lines and symbols on streets, in parking lots, and along our city and country roads are created with a variety of mobile machines, vehicles, and hand-painting techniques. In a parking spot in Sokcho, South...

Hand cranked mechanical singing birds by Bliss Kolb

This hand-cranked mechanical bird sings from a small leather bellows that whistles in two notes. A cam presses a lever that changes the pitch while other cams pull on strings that animate the bird's six movements as i...

Most Satisfying Video of Pop-Up Cards designed by Peter Dahmen

Germany-based paper engineer Peter Dahmen designs and builds intricate paper structures and pop-up cards. Titled Most Satisfying Video of Pop-Up Cards, the video above showcases how Dahmen's personal and commercial wo...

How pinball machines are made from start to finish at Stern Pinball

The A.V. Club took a trip to Chicagoland’s Stern Pinball, the “oldest and largest designer and manufacturer of arcade-quality pinball games on the planet,” according to its website. In the video above, we follow the p...

Sculpting Freddie Mercury

Canada-based Brazilian sculptor and teacher Juliana Lepine sculpts human likenesses with polymer clay. In the video above, she recreates Freddie Mercury, the lead vocalist of British rock band Queen, laying the clay o...

How Kanazawa gold leaf is made

Far too delicate to touch with fingertips—just one ten-thousandth of a millimeter thick—gold leaf foil is an extremely delicate, almost transparent material. It requires a humid climate, pure water for the manufacturi...

Marbles – The Magic of Making

How do you get different colors to twist and twirl inside of a glass marble? In this video from The Magic of Making, a series of short films for kids created in partnership with BBC Worldwide, we get a peek at how a g...

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