June 14

Let’s Go, Bub! A Wolverine Build

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DancinFool82, of The Armored Garage, recently unveiled his Wolverine costume at Emerald City Comicon, in a series of photos over on Imgur. He designed it based on Batman’s suit in Arkham Knight Origins.

IN starting out with the chest, he traced out the parts in Photoshop. He loaded that image up in 3d studio max and traced out the shapes with geometry, and then loaded that geometry in a program he wrote himself, Armorsmith, to get the final adjustable templates that could be printed out on paper. To then get the clean bevel on the foam pieces, DancinFool82 used a technique called undercutting which involves cutting a channel on the underside of the foam and then filling that channel with hot glue and bending the foam. In order to get the nice rounded look, he used a Dremel to grind away the outer edge of the foam and get a nice soft curve. Then he hit the pieces with a heat gun and shaped them just a little bit to make them look more curved.

There are a ton of pictures in his Imgur album, and he explains each of them.

April 18

Make A Keyboard Kitty!

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Looking for a Mother’s Day gift idea you can make yourself? How about this sweet Keyboard Cat from Urban Threads? The tutorial takes you step-by-step through making your keyboard wrist rest. They use two separate hand embroidery patterns (available for purchase, $1 each) to embellish the cat’s face (the glasses) and the front of the wrist rest (ehem . . . what I would say is the kitty’s posterior) with the words “I’m adorkable”.  It’s a fun and simple project that is bound to be a hit with anyone, especially hard-working moms.  The hand embroidery and stitching on this one is pretty simple, and I’d say it’s safe for any beginner to tackle. Plus, you could use just about any combination of fabric color and thread color too.

Go forth and conquer, stitchers!

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October 26

Optimus Prime + The TARDIS = Awesome.

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I love Transformers. I love Doctor Who.  So, what’s not to love about a 3-D printed, actual working/transforming Tardimus Prime??!! Seriously.  What’s not to love? Inspired by Jason Casteel’s TARDIS Prime artwork, user Ellindsey designed and created this 3-D printed realization, and it actually transforms.  What’s even cooler is you can find Ellindsey’s CAD files and instructions for building your own. Oh, for a 3-D printer.  Even you don’t have one, you should definitely check out the link for the additional pictures.  Transform and roll out!

September 6

Level up with a GamerGhan!

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I’ve featured some geektastic afghans here on GeekCrafts, such as Lattes & Llamas Geek-a-Longs (2014 and 2015), as well as a Settlers of Catan blanket. On Ravelry recently I stumbled across this beauty by Alicia1018, which she aptly calls her GamerGhan.

Twenty-five crochet squares pay homage to a variety of video games, including Tetris, Minecraft, Angry Birds, Harvest Moon, Pac-Man, World of Warcraft, and Oblivion. Alicia very kindly uploaded patterns for all of the squares – you can find them linked in her Ravelry project post.

What video games would you include in blanket form? Let us know in the comments below!

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August 19

Papercraft Minecraft Torch – Pin of the Week

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I really like the idea of this DIY Minecraft torch. It looks super easy to make, not too expensive, and it would look great to have them dotted around the place for a Minecraft themed party, or even just as part of your everyday décor! There are full instructions of how to make your own papercraft torch, as well as a template to print your own. Happy Mining! :)

 

Edited to add the original source of the pictures here and the design here.