Topic: how things are made

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Howard Lee’s hyperrealistic drawing illusions

Turning hyperrealism into a video guessing game, illustrator and illusionist of sorts Howard Lee draws objects on paper that attempt to reach photographic levels of detail. Above, his Drawing Trick with Marbles. B...

Making a cord drill & pump drill from sticks & rocks

How far can you go without using modern technology? As a hobby, YouTuber Primitive Technology explores this question by making simple tools from scratch using no modern tools or materials. In the video above, he 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...

Go on a Snowflake Safari

The next time you're going out in the snow, take a magnifying glass with you and see if you can find an elusive 12-sided snowflake... and if you don't happen to see that one, take note of the ones you do find. Is it n...

Meet the Titanosaur at AMNH

A mighty Titanosaur, the recently-discovered herbivore that measures 37.186 meters (122 feet) long, now stands on the fourth floor of New York City's American Museum of Natural History. Its discovery is so recent (201...

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. ...

Plastic Injection Molding

Bill [Hammack] details the key engineering principles underlying plastic injection molding. He describes its history and then reveals the intricate details of the process. He shows viewers where to found, on any injec...

Annotated time lapse assembly of a wind turbine

From excavation to operation, it takes three weeks to install a wind turbine. Watch it happen in under six minutes in this wind turbine promo video from MidAmerican Energy, filled with facts layered on time lapse foot...

In Bavaria, Krampus Catches the Naughty

Long before parents relied on the powers of Santa Claus to monitor their children’s behavior, their counterparts in Alpine villages called on a shaggy-furred, horned creature with a fistful of bound twigs to send the ...

A snowman yearns for warmer climes – Parabella Studios

This beautifully crafted holiday commercial for the Belgian National Lottery was animated by Parabella Studios in East London. Check out their Making-Of video:

Apartment Symphony – A Looping POV Masterpiece

This video by musician Keith Peskosky, his Apartment Symphony entry into an online video competition, is a traveling, looping mind-bender of music layers. In the video notes and comments, he explains: "What happen...

The fastest wire bending machine in the world

Advertised as the fastest wire bending machine in the world, the AFE-2D6 ULTRA CNC Wire Bender from Automated Industrial Machinery, Inc can create a variety of perfectly bent shapes in a ridiculously short amount of t...

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...

Meet the Balloonatics – SciFri goes to Macy’s Parade Studio

How are Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons designed, calculated, fabricated, tested, and retested before they show up on the streets of Manhattan on Thanksgiving morning? From Science Friday in 2011, visit the 'b...

How to make individual Mac & Cheese cups

This recipe looks delicious for all ages, especially in autumn and winter weather: Individual Mac and Cheese Cups. Watch Sarah Carey make these small and easy comfort food servings with elbow mac, white cheddar, cream...

Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork in Salem and Sausalito

Are they nests? Cocoons, forts, beehives, ancient huts, forest castles? All of the above and more? From the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, watch how artist Patrick Dougherty planned and built 'What the ...

Totoro & Catbus pancake art by Random Breakfasts

Find weekend pancake inspiration in the three-batter-colored illustration work of Kevin Blankenship, a cartoonist and dad who runs the pancake flip-worthy RandomBreakfasts Tumblr. Above, Totoro pancake art, and below:...

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