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The W³ Cube: 95% Tungsten 100% BS

The W³ Cube: 95% Tungsten 100% BS

Something hit my radar recently thanks to my good friend Jim that was too absurd to let pass silently into internet history without a certain degree of incredulity being poured upon it. Kickstarter is no stranger to absurdist campaigns. For the most part, these campaigns at least know that they are absurd. They are acts of comedy or thinly veiled scams. This one though… I have watched and re... »

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... »

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