One of the things I adore about the Japanese is their near-magical ability to transform, manipulate and just plain BUILD with paper. Take this person, for example, who has concocted mechanical paper models that move, including the astronomical models shown here. A delightful project for children and adults — download the printable PDFs here (zip file, 4.4 Mb. Thanks to Debbye for sending me all the files!) The instructions have lots of diagrams, so you should get by without a reading knowledge of Japanese. (I hope!)
I will always be a Star Wars geek. Yes, I like Star Trek, but it’s not like you can crochet a USS Enterprise amigurumi… well, ok, maybe you can, but, point being, there’s lots of things to craft when it comes to the Star Wars universe, and I am not seeing a bunch of Star Trek crafts online. You see? Star Wars WINS. Ahem. ANYWAY. I flipped when I saw these amigurumi at Geek Dad, especially Chewie here. Chewie, you are adorable and totally worth buying a $3.50 pattern so I can create you myself. (You can buy all ten patterns on Etsy.)
Another item in the amazing crafts department is this metro-ticket X-Wing fighter:
It’s a thing of beauty, truly. (I love the X-Wing.) Them being Paris metro tickets makes them that much cooler, I admit.
Last but certainly not least: not really a craft, but LEGO art of the most charming sort. A cross between Star Wars and the utmost in British sensibilities, the cup of TEA. The creator has made the two Keep Calm and Carry On posters available for sale as cards and posters: Imperial version | Rebel version
Disclaimer: I know absolutely NOTHING about Black Widow, her deadly origin, or anything about her plotline. In fact, pretty much, I know nothing about comics. I learned recently that Iron Man is a Marvel Comic, after seeing the movie, but that’s about the extent of it. Well, I also know that pretty much all superheros are comics. And Batman. And X-Men are comics. Should I keep digging?
Anyway, I think her spacesuit, as illustrated above, is really really cool. And this piece is just GORGEOUS. Love the subtle colors and all the grays.
A friend showed me this terrific decoupage cube, featuring vintage space stamps (looks to be mostly, if not all, Soviet.) Very nice work, I love the overlapping of the stamps and “sides” (stamps folding over onto another face of the cube.)
This model rocket is the stuff dreams are made of, and sports engines so large that I didn’t think they’d gone that far down the alphabet yet (rocket motors are alphabetically-graded. Last time I checked into it, the largest was an O. This one is sporting a P, and an experimental Q sent a rocket to 100,000 feet.)
But the article above puts it best:
Placed together side by side in the aft end of the forty-inch wide rocket, the motor tubes that will house all of these rocket engines look small and insignificant. But these nine motors will provide more than 8,000 pounds of thrust—enough power to pick up a Volkswagen Beetle and throw it a half mile through the air.
Weather and equipment cooperating, this big bird will fly on Saturday, and if successful, Steve Eves will have flown the largest model rocket in history. Godspeed, Steve!
Article found via OhGizmo!.