November 28

Are You Satisfied With Your Care?

Hello All! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving (or a great Thursday, if you’re outside the US). If you’re looking for movies to go see this weekend, I highly recommend Big Hero 6. It’s adorable and full of science! Plus, Baymax, who is the lovable healthcare robot, is a truly great character.

Part of Baymax’s programming is to be huggable and caring, and these crafts can help you make your very own robot healthcare companion!

First, for all you crochet lovers, Kamilla has posted an accurate and adorable crochet pattern on her blog, krawka.blogspot.com.

Baymax Crochet Pattern

If you’re looking for a quick and cute project, Carolina from 30minutecrafts.com has instructions for a Baymax Bandage Tin, for those accident-prone people in your life, or those who just like to be prepared. (It’d make a clever stocking stuffer as well!)

Baymax Bandage Tin

And lastly, Jessica has posted her version of a Baymax plushie, filled with rice so you can heat him up to help with aches and pains. You can buy the plushie for $45 from her etsy store, or you can follow the plushie tutorial made by Hiro Hamada and make your own!

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Baymax Rice Plushie

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Pattern for Baymax Plushie

 

I hope you are satisfied with your Geek Crafts today, and that you all have a wonderful and geeky day!

November 24

Lightsaber Hilts from Utah

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Last week, I ordered a lightsaber hilt from Salt Lake Saber Company on Etsy.

For cosplay and display, these hilts do not have blades or electronics, but they are made out of steel, vinyl and plastic, and come in either a chrome or satin nickel finish. These hilts can be made to order with custom specifications for only $30 each, but Blaire Maynes also sells pre-made hilts (which is what I ordered), which are only $25 each. Blaire sells high quality (and heavy) lightsaber hilts. Blaire even has a couple of blasters available.

There are other companies that sell all the parts needed to make a hilt, either with or without electronics (but you still have to put them together yourself), or you can go online to get a tutorial on how to get all the parts locally and make your own hilt. I tried making my own hilt earlier this year, and it was not a pretty finished sight!

If you have a future Jedi Knight on your Christmas list and you can’t find the right gift for him/her, check out Salt Lake Saber Company’s Etsy shop. You won’t be disappointed. Blaire’s lightsaber hilts look movie set quality.

November 24

Thor voted sexiest man alive!

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Last week People Magazine announced that the lovely Chris Hemsworth (photo Credit: Ben Watts), aka Thor, is this year’s Sexiest Man Alive.

Well, duh.

In honor of this prestigious award, I thought, for my first post as a contributor to Geek Crafts, I’d share some awesome Thor related tutorials.

Thor’s Hammer

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Of course, you can’t talk Thor and not talk Mjolnir, his big . . . hammer.  :)  Here’s a great Instructable on building your own hammer.

If you’re looking for something a little less “cosplay” and a little more “toy“, try this tutorial from Doodlecraft .  It’s a bit more kid friendly, and you might even have the materials needed already, since it uses things like a hot glue and an old pillowcase.

Thor Costume Fun

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The folks at Cutesy Crafts have this delightful tutorial on making your own superhero masks, including the mighty god of thunder.  Supposedly these awesome masks are meant just for kids, but really? I think these would make fabulous accessories for everyday wear.

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This tutorial from Life Sprinkled with Glitter has to be my favorite.  It’s a baby Thor costume DIY, and Colleen Wickersheim has got step-by-step instructions, with pictures, on creating the costume, helmet, and hammer. I’m thinking this would be perfect for my nephew’s first Halloween next year.

Need a Thor of your very own?

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Over at Photobucket you can find this free printable to make your very own 3-D paper Thor created by Jim Bowen (username trogdoriangrey).

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You may have seen this one featured on Geek Crafts before, but it’s so worth sharing again.  Ravelry creator Jess Newstone has got the cutest little god of thunder amigurumi pattern ever and it’s free!  She’s even got Thor’s adopted bad boy brother amigurumi pattern (free to0!).

 

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November 23

Cat Christmas Gift: Meowlnir

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Looking for a holiday gift for a four-legged bestie? Be s/he worthy, perhaps Meowlnir is just what you need.

The cool cats over at With Our Powers Combined have put together a tutorial on how to make feline-friendly replica of Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer. It’s so cute, it would make a great stocking stuffer for the less furry on your holiday list as well!

What other geeky pet toys have you crafted up? Share ideas in the comments section below!

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November 22

Meet The Woman With 50 Mustaches

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This takes “Movember” to a whole new level! This old-timey gentleman is actually Dallas photographer S. Van Lokey…a modern day woman. For the second year in a row, the short-haired, part-time office manager has been transforming herself into old-timey mustached men with the help of black face paint, some hair gel, a few props and an iPhone. She shoots hundreds of photos in slightly different poses and picks her favorites to make her Facebook profile picture throughout the month. She recently shared some of them on CNN iReport with the headline, “Just a crazy woman wearing mustaches.”

While some of these mustached-characters may look familiar, most aren’t based on real people though Lokey draws inspiration from her Italian family and old photographs she finds online. She estimates she owns more than 50 mustaches of varying thicknesses, her favorite being the big and bushy style.

For those who don’t know, Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers, and associated charities. The goal of Movember is to “change the face of men’s health.”

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November 22

Mom Draws Geektastic Pop Culture Artwork on Her Children’s Lunch Bags Every Day

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Each day, Christy Kilgore of eastern Illinois likes to bring a little sunlight in her children’s life by drawing pop culture artwork on the lunch bags they bring to school. She’s been doing this for about a year now and uses regular colored pencils, sharpies, and crayola markers to create her art. Be sure to check out the original posting, check her out on Instagram (linked above from her name), or follow her on Twitter to see more of her work.

I’m jealous…I need someone to pack a lunch for me everyday and draw on my lunch bags!