January 24

Woodpixels

Wood Pixels This is an interesting idea – it’s called Woodpixel. It’s a commercial product that lets you create your own pixel art. It comes with 100 wooden blocks with a different wood tone on each side and it comes with a holder to hold the 100 blocks in place. This would be a great way to make some classic/retro video game art. Their site shows a Space Invader, Mario, and a (poorly done) Pac-man Ghost. They are taking pre-orders now – no word on price. I bet it’s expensive though.

January 20

Rubik’s Companion Cube

Rubik’s Companion CubeStephen loves his Companion Cube and it loves him. He wrote a very good tutorial on how to convert a Rubik’s Cube into a Companion Cube (from Valve’s Portal). He suggests buying a brand new Rubik’s Cube, but if I were doing this craft, I would try to get a cheap used one at a yard sale or thrift store or something instead of paying $10 for a new one – but I’m a cheapskate.

January 15

Perler Mario Box

Perler Mario Question BoxMy daughter got a Perler bead set for Christmas. The first thing I thought of when I saw it was “That would be great for videogame characters!” So, last weekend I made a Mario Question Box. It now proudly hangs from my rear view mirror in my car. Now I’m hooked. I want to do a thousand different things with them. You’ll see lots more Perler crafts here.