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Leather For The Discerning Vegan

Students from Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam Netherlands collaborated on a project that would almost certainly have PETA's approval. They used the food waste from a large local market to make fruitleather. The product was used to make purses as well as swatches to show the different colors available depending on the fruits used. Leather you don't have to hide.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Oct 13, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Crafts, Fashion, Food, Vegetarians and Vegans, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

Corozo, Tagua, or Vegetal Ivory


Encountering this 1944 ad caused me to do a little research, whereupon I discovered that Corozo or Tagua or Vegetal Ivory is still a thing.

If you want a "Corozo Nut Ring" today, and suspect the 1944 offer is no longer valid, just visit this site.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 07, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Crafts, Jewelry, 1940's, South America, Natural Wonders

Gustav Fassauer-Ferron

Although he was hardly as famous as Stradivarius, Gustav Fassauer-Ferron created some violins that still have their fans today. As one site says, "Pupil of Oswald Schaller of Frankfort (Germany), with whom he underwent a thorough training, proof of which is found in his work. Well made instruments after the Guarneri I. H. S. model, adorned with an orange oil varnish. His violins are esteemed by both artists and amateurs." You can hear one of his instruments in the video.

But when he wasn't busy making full-size ones, he turned out the occasional miniature. Don't you wish you had this for those times when you wanted to mock someone's self-indulgent hard-luck story?

Here is an image of the creator with his miniatures. Copyright prevents reproduction here.

Source of story.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 18, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Art, Crafts, Eccentrics, Enlargements, Miniatures, and Other Matters of Scale, Music

Dogs and Their Dog-Fur-Sweater-Wearing Owners

Photographer Erwan Fichou took a series of photographs of people wearing dog-fur sweaters and coats, made from the fur of their own dogs. One image is below, but check out his site for the full series. (I can't link directly to the series, because he's got his site configured with flash, but click on "Dogwool" once you arrive at his site.)

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Feb 21, 2012 | Comments (12)
Category: Animals, Crafts, Fashion, Pets, Dogs

Doll Head Wine Glass offers step-by-step instructions for how to make wine glasses out of dolls. Totally useless for drinking from, unless you find a doll with a waterproof head. But creepy!

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jan 30, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Crafts

Have Sharpie, Will Draw

Need thousands of dollars worth of renovations in your home, but only have a handful of magic markers? Not a problem, if you're Charlie Kratzer. Mr. Kratzer, of Lexington, Kentucky, wanted something unique to cover the sea of endless cream-colored paint on his basement walls. He started the project mid-wall, by drawing a copy of the "Salon" by Picasso, and the idea took off. Through most of the spacious basement there is black line-drawing — around the pinball machine and the pool table and over the bathtub and toilet. You can view the entire basement artwork here, and see if you can spot Sherlock Holmes, Winston Churchill, The Walrus and the Carpenter from Alice, the Marx Brothers, and R2D2.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Fri Jul 02, 2010 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Crafts, Design and Designers, Graffiti

The World’s Smallest Snowman

The National Physical Laboratory has been around since the early 1900s and is famous for a number of its creations, such as the first working atomic clock. But never let it be said that it's all work and no play in the lab. Just in time for Christmas, the NPL, located in Middlesex, England, has created the world's smallest snowman. The snowman is not visible to the naked eye, being only one-fifth the width of a human hair. It was created with two tin beads used to calibrate electron microscope astigmatism. The nose is ion beam deposited platinum and the rest of the face was milled using a focused ion beam. All that scientific mumbo-jumbo aside, this tiny snowman is adorable!
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Sat Dec 12, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, Crafts, Inventions, Seasonal, World Records

That’s One Small Train

There's more information at James River Branch.
Posted By: mdb777 | Date: Fri Oct 30, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Crafts, Toys, Video


This is a strange new musical instrument based on the washtub bass. So far, the only widely recognized musician to play the whamola is Les Claypool. Here he is playing his song "Whamola", on his whamola (which is named Steve).

If you would like a whamola of your own, you can buy one from this guy.
Posted By: fyshstyxx | Date: Tue Jun 23, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Crafts, Music

Traveling Gaia Project

New Age Space Marbles will save the world.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Dec 10, 2008 | Comments (2)
Category: Crafts, New Age, Performance Art
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