Craft & Design

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Nerd Out about Music with us on January 26th

Nerd Out about Music with us on January 26th

A new year means new Hangout & Nerdout topics, and we’re kicking off 2023 with a theme we know you’ll love: Music! We can’t wait for you to nerd out with synth maven Thea “Stargirl” Flowers! You’re going to love hanging out with Erik Oostveen while he shares his open-source music gadgets. And we’re overjoyed […]

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Embedded LEDs Make The Coolest Birthday Cake You’ve Ever Seen

Embedded LEDs Make The Coolest Birthday Cake You’ve Ever Seen

Natasha Dzurny turned out this really cool project for Element 14. In short, she makes a birthday cake shaped display using flexible LED matrixes. Inspired by Lizzo’s birthday anthem, Natasha decided to make a whole party in the shape of a cake. She started with an Arduino Nano 33it and two LED matrixes and ended […]

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Building The Ghostwriter AI Typewriter

Building The Ghostwriter AI Typewriter

This crazy AI powered interactive typewriter has been bouncing around the internet since CES recently ended. it’s a pretty great example of putting a professional finish on an interesting piece. Luckily Arvind Sanjeev, the creator, has shared a build breakdown on twitter. Be sure to go read the entire thread, it is fascinating. Arvind started […]

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Passing Time: A Clock Made from Beer Bottles

Passing Time: A Clock Made from Beer Bottles

Rick Stanley makes very special clocks. He makes clocks out of beer bottles (over 300 Yuengling beer bottles to be exact), clocks with bicycle bells, clocks featuring coins, dominoes, and fluids. He makes novelty clocks of great complexity alongside his son Vince Stanley in Millville, PA at Stanley Clockworks which they founded in 2006. Rick […]

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To the Stars: Making A Stained Glass Space Shuttle

To the Stars: Making A Stained Glass Space Shuttle

Space. For most, it is the final frontier. For others, it remains a distant galaxy far, far away. But for some, like the creative team of Nicole and Thure of When Geeks Craft, it is a destination already reached. Their stained-glass, fully-lit replica of the space shuttle Discovery demonstrates a passion for making that’s truly otherworldly. The two […]

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This Gravity Defying “Chomp” Lamp Harkens Back To The Old Days Of Nintendo

This Gravity Defying “Chomp” Lamp Harkens Back To The Old Days Of Nintendo

Retro gaming is such a fun topic. It’s interesting how beloved it is, both with those who lived through it and see it with the rose colored glasses of nostalgia, and those who are approaching it with fresh new eyes. Aweirdguy tapped into this love with a project that looks deceptively easy, a floating “Chomp” […]

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Reusing Disposable Masks As Textiles

Reusing Disposable Masks As Textiles

While attending Maker Faire Lille, I was happy to meet Mimi, an artist that got the bright idea to use discarded face masks as raw material for fashion. Mimi saw the piles and piles of used masks that were going into landfills all over and thought that she could make a statement about disposable fashion […]

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