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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