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DIY Ferrocell: How to make a magnetic field viewer

By squishing a mix of mineral oil and ferrofluid between two sheets of glass, diligently squeezing out the air bubbles, sealing the edges, and then lighting it with a LED strip, Magnetic Games has created a DIY magnet...

How to make a Hollow Mask Illusion

How do we perceive faces? With some balloons, newspaper, some paste for paper mâché, and paints, you can create a hollow mask that appears to follow you as you move back and forth around the room. Rachel and her child...

Un sedicesimo n°44, crushed plastic balloons on paper

Un sedicesimo n°44, colorful balloon layers created by crushing plastic bubbles onto white paper. Designer, digital media researcher, and teacher Lorenzo Bravi created these with a retro Italian plastic toy called Cry...

Building a traditional Basque style bird house – La Fabrique DIY

Shrinking this home in southwestern France is for the birds: From cutting the wood pieces, to constructing and painting it, a traditional Baserri style house in the Basque region of France is recreated from scratch as...

How to fit 4 years of trash into a mason jar, a zero waste experiment

Recycling, carrying reusable bags and coffee cups, buying compostable or metal straws, investing in solar energy... these are just a few of the eco-focused habits that consumers have embraced in recent decades. How di...

How many nails can you balance on the head of one nail?

One large nail is securely nailed into a piece of wood. A handful of identical nails are laying on the table. How many of those loose nails can you balance on the head of that first nail? Try it, then watch knife ...

How to make a coin sorting machine with cardboard

With some thick cardboard, a cutting knife, some hot glue, a ruler, and probably a bit of trial and error, you can create your own DIY coin sorting machine. The key to the sorting "mechanism" is to cut the right size ...

Talkin’ Scat with Hoots the Owl and Gordon – Sesame Street

Learn how to scat sing -- to sing using your voice like an instrument in an improvisational jazz style -- with Hoots the Owl, Gordon, and some "hip kittens" (a group of kids) in this classic Sesame Street clip from 19...

Four pro-chef pastry recipes that are super easy to make

If you want to help with preparing brunch for guests or make breakfast in bed for your favorite adults, then check out these four super easy pastry recipes that'll make your dishes look like the work of a pro chef... ...

Building Art Machines with LEGO Technic pieces

From The Tinkering Studio located at San Francisco's Exploratorium, enjoy these pattern making art machines built with LEGO Technic beams, gears, and pins. The Tinkering team wrote up a quick art machines experiment g...

Bending sliced wood like a slinky

Inspired by the work of furniture designer Seth Rolland, hobbyist woodworker Peter Brown of Shop Time decided to try and bend a block of wood like a slinky by slicing it into a thin zig zag pattern. He wrote: For ...

The art of sound design: How to be a Foley artist

How are animated movies filled with so many real ambient sounds? Go behind the scenes at Lucasfilm's new state-of-the-art sound lab with Foley artists Shelly Roden and John Roesch, as WIRED senior editor Peter Rubin l...

Turning a brick of melted crayons on the lathe

What can you make when you melt 256 crayons? Peter Brown of Shop Time experimented with making a Rainbow Crayon Bud Vase on the lathe. Side effect: Shredded crayon bits everywhere.

How To Make A Mini da Vinci Catapult

It's true that you can buy da Vinci Catapult kits online, but how cool would it be to build one from scratch? Andy Elliott shares how he made a mini da Vinci Catapult from a wooden folding ruler, screws, and some work...

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...

Dad teaches his daughter how to cast a ring from scrap pewter

When Ivan Owen's 10 year old daughter wanted to learn how to make her own metal ring, including designing it and melting down the scrap pewter metal, the Bellingham, Washington-based artist and maker embraced the oppo...

What happens when you put marshmallows in a vacuum?

Thanks to this hand pump vacuum sealer demo, we can see how these four fluffy marshmallows will react when the air is pumped out of their clear container. Poof, poof, poof! What's going on here? From Physics.org: ...

See Microbes with this DIY Phone Microscope

What tiny creatures are living in the street puddles or pond water where you live? You can discover them for yourself using a smartphone, some poster tack, and a laser pointer. In this episode of Gross Science, Anna R...

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