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The Photo is Bad. The Dress is Blue. Your Brain is Lying.

The Photo is Bad. The Dress is Blue. Your Brain is Lying.

The internet is losing its collective shit over the color of this dress. It is, as most internet rows, a solved problem. Some people see a blue and black dress, others see a white and gold dress. The truth is that this is clearly a terrible photograph that contain none of the above colors and your brain is lying to you. In case you do not believe me, for some absurd reason, I have also included th... »

Blacksmithing, Hair Sticks and Seeing the Matrix

Blacksmithing, Hair Sticks and Seeing the Matrix

I would like to share something that happened to me while I was selling my work in an art show. Well, more something that happened around me. It was the sort of thing that dismantles some of your illusions and lets you see the world through someone else’s eyes. I have participated in several art shows and sold my stuff in booths at conventions, but this was the first time that I had brought ... »

Design Diary – Sweet-Asgardian Breastplate

Design Diary – Sweet-Asgardian Breastplate

A delightful astrophysicist friend of mine is aiming to make a Jane Foster dress from Thor 2 for con season this year. I helped her out with the metal bits. Below is a video of the exciting and sludge producing process. Enjoy! »

Design Diary – Cloud Strife Fenrir Emblem

Design Diary – Cloud Strife Fenrir Emblem

I hammered out a wolf head based on Cloud Strife’s from Final Fantasy VII and Advent Children. Below is a video detailing the production in convenient time-lapse fashion. »

Material Science for Cosplay 2: Copper and its Alloys

Material Science for Cosplay 2: Copper and its Alloys

Steampunks and other cosplayers spend a lot of time in the company of copper and its alloys, brass and bronze. Here I hope to throw a little of the science of the stuff your way to make it easier and more rewarding to work with. History Copper was one of the first metals to ever be used by humans. Chunks of it could be found in a workable state lying about on the surface, requiring no mining or sm... »

Make Crap Art

Make Crap Art

I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at a local Ignite event a couple of months ago. In our long tradition in advokating for showing off your ugly things, I spoke on one of my favourite subjects: the value of terrible art. The video is below. Enjoy. Two apologies: 1: It was movember. 2: You can’t see my slides in the video. »

Zero Gravity Day 2015

Zero Gravity Day 2015

The following twitter image has been making the rounds accompanied by what appear to be fully credulous reports. Most of the internet has already figured out that the very notion is absolute bullshit but it is amazing what a little Photoshop and a falsified press release can do. The stated explanation for the cessation of gravity is an alignment between Jupiter and Pluto, which would actually have... »

Design Diaries – Cthulu Hat Rack

Design Diaries – Cthulu Hat Rack

It’s been too long since I had a video to post, but this week, I finally filmed my hitting of things again. This is my first attempt at combining blacksmithing techniques into my work. This may seem confusing as most of my previous videos included hitting steel with a hammer, but allow me to clarify. Blacksmithing really does involve a burly man swinging a hammer at glowing hot metal on an a... »

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