If you consider yourself a master of the yarn but have grown tired of knitting socks, sweaters and scarves, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Textiles Lab are about to breathe new life into your craft with software that can turn almost any 3D model into a knitting pattern.
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Video: It took Antonio Stradivari months to create one of his instrumental masterpieces, but you can make yourself a tiny wooden violin in just a few hours using Popsicle sticks, toothpicks, coffee stirrers and string. It can't be used to play Mozart, but you can still pretend to play it whenever your friends start complaining about their inconsequential life problems.
Look, I'm gonna give it to you straight. I spent a solid 15-20 minutes trying to think of a reason this news belongs on Gizmodo. The only thing I can come up with is that it's a show that will one day be on the internet and COME ON it's a Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler craft show just take the news and be happy I'm spreading the word, okay?
Making handmade goods might be the easy part when you consider all the work that goes into selling those products online. Now Etsy is giving its sellers a new tool for building a standalone website that easily populates with data from Etsy's own online marketplace, making launching and maintaining an e-commerce site a whole lot easier.
Video: A velvet-voiced Australian craftsman named Chris is the Bob Ross of clock-making. He shows you how to make a skeleton clock from scratch at home on his YouTube channel, Clickspring. In this instalment of a multi-part series, bask in the close-ups of brass melting away like golden velvet to make shiny washers and screws. They will eventually go into making a beautifully elaborate timepiece. The finished product will be as pretty as Big Ben, if these teeny, tiny, glittering components are any indication.
It's a good day to be frustrated with something ridiculous your parents did, because Marieke Voorsluijs will help put it in perspective. Frustrated with her teenage son's reluctance to cuddle, she created a knitted doppelganger of him that makes whatever stupid thing your parents did seem not so terrible.
Dear robots of the world, don't for a second think you're fooling us with adorable demonstrations of your crafting capabilities this holiday season. Because one second you're making paper snowflakes, and the next you're using those same scissors to usurp your human handlers. We're on to you!
In the blink of an eye, episode one of a Netflix series can turn into episode 20 if you've fallen asleep at the remote. To help combat this, Netflix has developed a pair of knitted socks you can make yourself that automatically pause your show when they detect you've nodded off.
Video: The real thing can weigh upwards of 272kg, but the V8 engine Aliaksei Zholner built would barely register on a scale because it's only slightly larger than a ping-pong ball and made from nothing but paper and glue.
Remember how elated you were when Mattel announced it would be releasing a replica of the hoverboard from Back to the Future 2? And then how sad you were when it was priced at $US120? Now you can just build one yourself with this handy tutorial and about $US50 worth of random supplies.
There's always some added level of satisfaction when you build something yourself. So instead of spending money on a model of the BTTF DeLorean assembled in an overseas factory, here's a simple tutorial -- courtesy of Dave Hax -- that will show you how to build one from scratch using a couple of empty Pepsi cans and other household crap.
The wonderful '80s flick The NeverEnding Story wasn't exactly a blockbuster when it hit theatres decades ago, and that means that finding memorabilia from the film these days isn't easy. There's an army of crafters on Etsy that are happy to scratch your nostalgic itches, though, it's just too bad that GameGuardians only opens orders for these perfect plush Falkor toys once a month.
If the thought of spending hours with a hobby knife, glue and more patience than a saint doesn't sound like a fun way to spend an evening, you'll probably want to move along. Because it's completely up to you to turn the six pages in this papercraft kit into a robot that actually transforms into a paper car.