VSauce-in-the-Box and Brain Candy Live!

 

I’ve been a huge fan of both Mythbusters and the YouTube channel, VSauce, pretty much since they started, so when I saw the announcement for the Brain Candy Live Tour, I bought VIP tickets within an hour. The tickets come with a chance to ask questions and get photos with Adam Savage and Michael Stevens, the respective hosts. I started to think about what I’d like to ask them and realized that more than anything I wish there was a way to thank them for the years of entertainment, education, and inspiration. 

Making stuff is part of how I’ve always let people know that I appreciate them. From canning my and my roomate’s laughter, to making a talking “Drinking Out of Cups” action figure, I always find myself making personalized gifts for all my friends; so why not my role models?

For Adam, I made a shirt that says Savage AF, because who doesn’t wish they were as cool as Adam? See more about that in my post on Custom T-Shirts.

Michael’s gift is a little bit more complicated. I originally designed a shirt featuring Michael crouching in front of a camera, because it’s obvious he must do this about a dozen times to make a VSauce video. 

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Custom T-Shirts

Ever come up with a quote or a graphic that you thought was just begging to be put on a t-shirt? Or want to make your team or group seem official without spending a few hundred on shirts? Making novelty shirts for your friends or putting a logo on some wearable merch can be really fun and satisfying, but there is a reason shops/services charge so much to make custom shirts: it can be really time consuming and it’s easy to make mistakes that will ruin a shirt, bumping up the cost of production that you may have been trying to keep low. So, if you’re in a hurry or need absolute perfection, I might recommend going to professionals for at least part of the process. As with anything though, a little research, practice and the right supplies can get you exactly the results you’re after. Continue reading “Custom T-shirts”


 Piñata Tutorial

Nothing livens up a party like violence and candy. All the better when it’s impeccably thematic. Paper mâché and cardboard are cheap and easy to work with. Master a few basic skills and you can make any kind of piñata you want. 

 

Let’s examine the Pokémon piñata and the Mustang as an examples here, just because I took a lot of pictures in the process. 

When making a piñata you have to consider more than just the way it looks. It has to:

1) have a sturdy anchor to hang/pull it from 

2) be able to take just the right amount of punishment, so everyone gets a whack at it.

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  MTG Card Case 

Over one summer, a lot of my friends started playing Magic: the Gathering. It’s a good way to pass a few hours, make some new friends, or piss off the friends you already have when you make them kill their own creatures or throw their whole deck into the graveyard. 

On of my buddies spent hours putting decks together and started buying into the competitive play at the local bookstore on Friday nights. All the coolest nerds had custom play mats or fancy dice. I wasn’t that into MTG, but I was into making custom stuff, so I decided to make my friend a case that he could show off at Friday Night Magic. 

When I was in middle school my parents were friends with a woman who had spent years doing custom leather work for a living. She was really generous with her time and supplies, meaning I still have a huge box in my closet that’s full of hides, hole-punches, stamps, etc. 

I want the finished product to look clean but also very Medieval and ominous. The first thing I decide after a few quick sketches is that I will need some hardware. I go ahead and order a cool latch and some spikes

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R2D2 Bike Helmet

I love riding my bike. When I moved to a big city I knew there would be plenty of great places to go for a spin, so I bought a familiar model roadbike but didn’t want to ride it in an unfamiliar place —where there was more traffic than I’m used to— until I had a helmet. My uncle solves that right away by giving me an old motorcycle helmet.

It’s incredibly big and awkward looking, which also describes my head to begin with, so it I feel kind of like the Mushroom People from Mario Kart while wearing it. I realize how dome-shaped it is and immediately know what needed to be done.

Before starting a project, I like to do a little research to see if someone has made something similar before. In some cases it’s a good thing because it will provide inspiration or instruction, while in other cases it may just make it not feel worth the trouble. If I want to appreciate the process of making something, I’ll assemble a model or a Lego set. When I make a project from scratch I want to end up with something unique that cant just be bought. 

Unsurprisingly, I’m not the first person to think of doing this. Someone named Jenn made a pretty good version a few years back and blogged about it. Hers was just a paint job though and I already know I want mine to have all the bells and whistles. Speaking of bells, the bike accessory company Bell makes an R2D2 bike helmet, but only in todler sizes. While this version is a little more 3D, it has holes in it and just isn’t as cool as it could be.  Continue reading “R2D2 Bike Helmet”