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Laura Cochrane

Laura Cochrane

I'm an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, and etymology.

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What can you make with two gloves and some simple stitching? An adorable Glovetopus: part glove, part octopus! Peter Gardner explains the anatomy of a Glovetopus and talks about its origins, in this video from Maker Faire Bay Area 2013. Read more »


Gardeners everywhere are enjoying the best of summer's blooms. For those of us who lack a green thumb — or a garden — paper artist Jeffery Rudell has a book of paper flowers projects that mimic the real thing. Here are instructions to make your very own Paper Poppy. Read more »

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One of my favorite crafty publishers, Chronicle Books, recently launched a monthly curation of discounted ebooks, called Chronicle Eye Candy. The theme month of September is made for us — it's Craft Month! They're offering nine crafty ebook titles at a deep discount. Also: enter for a chance to win... Read more »

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Ethan Schlussler of Sandpoint, Idaho, built this clever bicycle-powered treehouse elevator to make it easier to reach his nearly 30-foot-high treehouse. "It was originally a 20-something speed bicycle, but first gear wasn't slow enough, so I cut the large sprocket off the front, and welded it on the rear to... Read more »


What if others could see your dreams? Artist and experienced body painter RoByn Thompson will explore this idea at Maker Faire New York, by painting imagery from Fairegoers' sleep dreams on their faces. Read more »

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The brilliant inventor Dr. Saul Griffith talks about his work in soft robotics, gives ideas on how to prepare to become an engineer, and explains why he asks job applicants to draw a bicycle, in this Aug. 6, 2013 KQED radio interview. Also, see some of his soft robots in... Read more »


Ivan Sentch is 3D-printing a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 on his Solidoodle desktop 3D printer, 4 inches by 4 inches at a time. The Auckland, New Zealand resident is about 72% done printing the body, and he expects to pay a mere $2,000 NZD for the plastic to make the... Read more »