The Beady Eyed Craftster is our mostly weekly round-up of shiny (mostly) art and craft related links from across the internets.


• First up, this London Underground Circuit Map by Yuri Suzuki has been doing the rounds on the inter­net this week. It’s not hard to see why; Harry Beck’s ori­ginal Tube map is rightly con­sidered a design clas­sic, and this rework­ing as a piece of elec­tron­ics pulls out the sim­il­ar­ity between the two sorts of topo­logy. [Vis DesignBoom]

• Staying with trans­port, check this awe­some steam­punk octopod-styled vehicle; designed and 3D prin­ted by Sean Charlesworth. Click through for more pic­tures; some of the details are amaz­ing. 3D print­ing is get­ting to be a more and more inter­est­ing method of craft­ing. [Found via Make]

• Also via Make, a dif­fer­ent kind of 3D print­ing: artist Hong Sungchul makes pictures/sculptures by print­ing onto strings then hanging them together. It’s a cool effect – I wish I could find more details on exactly how it was done.

• Seguing from string to wool; take a look at this amaz­ing needle-felted armoured bear by Etsy-seller Stevi T. It’s incred­ible work (with a price tag to match) – I can’t even ima­gine the amount of effort involved.

• Coincidentally there’s also a bear (of the non-armoured vari­ety) in this gal­lery of images from artist Lorenzo Duran (over on Colossal). What’s spe­cial about these images is that they’re formed by cut­ting shapes out of dried leaves – that must take a very steady hand, but is a pretty cool idea.

• And finally, talk­ing of ideas, car­toon­ist Grant Snider shows us ‘How To Get Ideas’ – very use­ful for us crafters, though often I find that get­ting an idea isn’t the hard­est part, it’s know­ing what to do with it once you’ve caught it!

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