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


• Fancy a drop of whisky? Ernie Button takes beautiful close up photographs of dried whisky; check them out, over on Colossal.

• Video time! If you’re familiar with the work of Theo Jansen, you’ll want to watch this interview. If you’re not familiar with his work, well, that’s an even better reason to take a look. Jansen’s passion for his work is obvious (he calls his pieces ‘animals’ rather than sculptures) and he’s an engaging interviewee. [Found via Make]

• And here’s another piece of clever moving design: the Extension Table from Vidame Creation uses a smart arrangement of tilting slats to make a table that the switch from being short to long, and back again. It’s a neat bit of engineering, though I’d like to see what would happen if you accidentally hit the retract button when the table was full!

• Tutorial time! If, like me, you enjoy the geometrical/faceted design look that’s been popular recently, you might want to take a look at this DIY faceted vase tutorial. Given that cardboard is the main component, it’s clearly not going to be suitable for fresh flowers in water, but would work nicely with dried flowers and leaves.

• Need a gift for someone who has almost everything? Well, they probably don’t have a terrarium showing a diorama of R2D2 on Tatooine, do the. Etsy shop The Wonder Room sells these quirky little scenes.

• Talking of quirky gifts, a lot of art, craft and design blogs are now starting to post gift guides. Fast Co. Design’s Holiday Gift Guide for Design Snobs is worth a look, not because you’re likely to be buying anything from it, but because it balances on the line between what one might call ‘design wank’ and genuine coolness. Actually, often both at once. (My thought process on the triangular headed nails went ‘That’s cool!’, ‘Actually it’s a bit silly’, ‘But they look cool’, ‘But they’re $7 a nail!’, ‘Yeah, OK, they’re silly’).

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