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Check Out These 5 Racetracks from the Motor City Maker Faire

As a general rule, Maker Faire Detroit hosts the largest field of Power Racing Series vehicles. Perhaps it’s due to the Motor City’s historical affinity with racing or, more practically, the Faire’s geographic proximity to the middle of the United States. Whatever the reasons for a perennially …

Maker Faire

Delicate Resin Flowers Bloom with This Unusual Technique

These beautiful flowers may look like they are made of glass, but they are actually made from wire and liquid synthetic resin. Japanese Kanzashi (hair ornament) artist Sakae is the Maker behind this craft which she calls “dip flower.” It involves bending a wire into a desired shape and then dipping …

The Easiest Hands-Free Sriracha Dispenser Ever

I love Sriracha, the deliciously hot sauce made from chili peppers. I think a splash of Sriracha can really transform most meals for the better.<p>Since we live in an amazing age of technology, I started wondering if I could just have a robot around that would apply Sriracha to whatever I wanted. It’s …

Sphero Releases SPRK Edition Educational Robot

Announced today, the Sphero SPRK is a new version of the company’s namesake product geared toward robotics education. The new bot is physically and mechanically identical to the Sphero 2.0 but uses a transparent plastic enclosure allowing you to see the intricate mass of components inside. The …

This Second-Grader Built an Arduino-Embedded Pinewood Derby Car

Makers come in many different forms, nationalities, and ages. The same can be said about the many projects that those Makers design and build, which range from robotics to automated homes and everything in between.<p>One of the more interesting projects I came across at the Westport Maker Faire was …

Here Are the 5 Finalists for the Pitch Your Prototype Challenge

In the Pitch Your Prototype challenge, teams and individuals representing a broad swath of the Maker scene submitted prototype devices they had designed and constructed, with the goal of taking home the grand prize, being featured at MakerCon New York and possibly pursuing commercial production. …

Learn to Make Soutache: Braid-and-Bead Embroidery Jewelry

You know that POW; that heart-stopping feeling of oneness that grips you when you see a kindred soul? I do! That was the reaction I had the first time I saw an artist making soutache jewelry. It was fun, funky, and bohemian. It WAS awesome!<p>People will often ask, “What is soutache and how do you say …

Extremely Useful Notebook Organizing Hack

I was so thrilled when I ran across this notebook hack, allegedly from Japan, on Instagram. I fill up lots of notebooks and frequently use a single journal for work ideas, personal projects, and domestic planning (trips, meals, shopping, etc.). Finding things, across volumes, and within volumes (of …

Snack Smart with a DIY Hanging Tupperware Tower

Are you or your little ones prone to fits of hunger-related crankiness? Have a quick treat without interrupting your day with this smart DIY hanging tupperware tower!<p>If you’re looking for a family-friendly snack-time solution that can satisfy both your sweet tooth and your salt cravings — or maybe …

Maker Loses Wedding Ring in the Surf, Immediately Fabricates Another

Our friend Jonathan Danforth, programmer, Maker Faire North Carolina founder, and avid woodworker, was heartbroken when he lost his wedding ring last weekend:<p>I was swimming in the ocean in South Carolina and managed to lose my ring in chest-deep opaque surf. I reached out to the Treasure Hunters …

Watch These Meditative Embroidered Zoetropes

Elliot Schultz recently graduated from ANU School of Art with a Bachelor of Digital Art. For his final project, he created these amazing embroidered zoetropes:<p>This project encourages viewers to watch and engage with animation physically.Six discs were created with animated sequences embroidered …

Artist Crochets Crazy Creepy Creatures

Caitlin T. McCormack is a talented crocheter. If you are not familiar with her work, she creates detailed crochet skeletal creatures and then uses glue to give them shape. She always works in white and has a distinct style that’s all her own.<p>The homepage of her blog really describes what she does …

Write Secret Messages with Easy-to-Make Invisible Ink

Have mini detectives, secret agents, or superheroes at home? Keep your creative kids entertained for hours with this fun DIY invisible ink recipe that uses ingredients straight from the kitchen!<p>There’s nothing quite as fun as sharing secrets with your BFF using invisible ink. Crafty kids will …

Can’t Go to Maker Faire Tokyo? We’ve Got You Covered

Tokyo seems like such a perfect fit for Maker Faire, and it is. Nine years ago, in 2006, O’Reilly Japan started producing Japanese-language versions of <i>Make:</i> magazine and later Make: Books like the bestseller <i>Getting Started with Arduino</i>. Then, in 2008, they began hosting what they called “Make: …

Artist Draws All 100,000 Objects in Grandpa’s Shed

As we all know, a well-stocked workshop is a beautiful thing. It’s the place that keeps and collects all the tools and hardware you may someday need to fix something you love or make something new.<p>When Lee John Phillips’ grandfather passed away, he left behind a tool shed packed with a lifetime of …

Meet the Tech — And Techies — That Powered a High-Speed Rocket

The San Diego State University (SDSU) Rocket Team’s rocket was leaking fuel. Project manager Manny Marinas cut the countdown by half, yelling at his teammates to launch the thing before their window closed, before too much fuel spilled out.<p>His teammate got the message, and the rocket took off, …

This High-Performance Electric Vehicle Kit Can Be Built in a Week

What started as an idea to produce our own simple, fun, affordable electric vehicle has evolved into a DIY project easily assembled by nearly anyone. The Switch defines a new class of auto — a lightweight, high-capacity, versatile electric vehicle (EV) that requires minimal resources to construct, …

Electric Vehicles

The Quest to Build a Simple Air Quality Monitor

When I asked Bernie War how he liked living in Shanghai, the Miami native said he liked everything about it, except the air. He’s been there for three years. First, he started work on an open source air purifier. Then, he looked at building an air quality monitor. His most recent project, the Ella …

Board Game Box Organizer to Keep Pieces Tidy

I feel as though I speak for most Settlers of Catan board game fans when I say that nothing is more disheartening than opening the box and looking down at a chaotic disaster of cards and hexagons. After painstakingly sorting out all the pieces last time I played (delaying for at least 10 minutes my …

Review: Sculpey Medium Blend Oven Bake Clay

All About Sculpey<p>Sculpey is a family of polymer clays produced by Polyform. Sculpey has been around in some form since the 60s and has been produced in a wide range of varieties. You may have worked with the colored Sculpey III or Premo! clays in crafting projects. Super Sculpey and Sculpey Firm …