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Jewels Of The Toy Aisle

Continuing with some ideas on how to upcycle your plastic toy critters…here’s a fun, glamorous necklace created with a few beads, a chain and some gold spray paint. Simple. Done!

Source: www.mummycrafts.com, www.viralnova.com/upcycled­-kids-toys/





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Extinctly Different Accessories

Nothing says back-to-school like an upcycled pair of dinosaur earrings.

If you keep stepping on these sharp plastic critters at home, why not try a little repurposing and upcyclesaurus these into some schnazzy jewelry?

From www.custommade.com



Dinosaur earrings

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A Minion and One Reasons To Stay Off The Roads in Ireland

Giant Minion Causes Despicable Traffic Incident In Ireland

source: Pulptastic   http://pulptastic.com/giant-minion-causes-despicable-traffic-incident-in-ireland/?utm_content=buffere7fd8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

And so it begins. Yesterday, a giant, inflatable Minion went tumbling into the roads of Dublin, wreaking havoc and causing a road traffic accident.CLfpBnzUEAAMXKc

Far from an elaborate, evil ploy, it seems the 33-foot high inflatable became detached from its moorings due to the windy weather.

The Minion clipped a car, knocking off a rear view mirror, but no one was injured.

Luckily the police arrived in time to stop any further mischief.


Erin Van Londen

It looks like world domination will have to wait… for now.


Erin Van Londen

Dublin City Councillor Paul McAuliffe called the breach of health and safety regulations… despicable.

“I don’t want to sound like a killjoy, but if that had landed on a cyclist, for instance, it could have been serious,” he told the Irish Times.

“If you take the Minion part of it out, if this was a large inflatable weather balloon that had not been properly tethered, there would be no humour in this story at all.

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Cake Walk

Remember the Cake Walk? It’s time to put your dancing shoes on! GirlsParty

The American English term “cakewalk” was used as early as 1863 to indicate something that is very easy or effortless, although this metaphor may refer to the carnival game of the same name in referring to the fact that the latter’s winners obtain their prize by doing no more than walking around in a circle.[48] Though the dance itself could be physically demanding, it was generally considered a fun, recreational pastime. The phrase “takes the cake” also comes from this practice[49][50] as could “piece of cake”.[48]

One version of the cakewalk is sometimes taught, performed included in competitions within the Scottish-inspired Highland dance community, especially in the southern United States. [51]

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cakewalk


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The Toy Super Highway

Have you ever thought of adult-sizing your favorite childhood toy? Read about John Bitmead and how he made a life-sized version of his favorite toy, and then took it for a spin…on the highway. He’s not the only one making cool, toy-esque vehicles. Take a gander below and see if there’s something you’d be interested in driving away in.

70mph carAdult-sized child made a street legal Little Tikes Car that goes 70mph

Reposted from: http://sploid.gizmodo.com/adult-sized-child-made-a-street-legal-little-tikes-car-1513611671

Do you know what the most disappointing thing about being an adult is? It’s not the slow metabolism or the achy joints or the plateau of growth, it’s the fact that we’re all failures to our childhood selves. We don’t eat candy, we don’t play with toys and we drive responsible vehicles. Not John Bitmead though, he’s the type of full-fledged adult who wouldn’t disappoint his childhood self because he made a street legal Little Tikes Car that can zoom up to 70mph.

It’s a very impressive machine. Bitmead spent over 1000 hours and nearly $7000 building this out and he tried to stay as true as possible to the iconic Little Tikes Car, meaning there aren’t any windows or windshield. BBC took the car for a spin and you can see that it drives pretty well. How do you think it compares to the toy car?

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Very Cute Tiny Green Pea Car… Created evidently in 2005 for a Birds Eye Peas TV commercial, this delightful little car 75415d4fa8ebb844bfa1fee446548b03was custom made by Asylum Models and Effects in the UK. It’s chassis’s from a go-cart, the headlights from a VW Beetle, the indicators are Lancia, the engine is Honda. The rest is bespoke. And this sweet little pea looks as fresh and tempting as the day it was shelled.






Uh,…the Batmobile. As you’ve never seen it. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/562879653396967615/

ed51e8b3da1faef140c74e534d4fa9c1Think this car has Pokemonual steering?  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/562879653396931872/


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Got Old Furniture? Turn It Into Something Playful

Upcycling: Turn Crappy Old Furniture Into Amazing Toys For Creative Play

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The Theory of Legos

Some material reposted from:  www.bitrebels.com

If you’re a fan of physicist, cosmologist and author Stephen Hawking – and if you like LEGO – you are going to love this! Several years ago, a LEGO version of Stephen Hawking was spotted online. It was a fantastic build that looked incredibly lifelike.stephen-hawking-lego-kit

The original creator of this build from back in 2007  is The Living Brick, but the pictures below came from Travelin’ Librarian‘s flicker photostream. Stephen Hawking, who is now 73, has inspired an entire generation of geeks, and it seems many people want to recreate him in LEGO bricks.

The Stephen Hawking LEGO kit came with instructions (see the picture below) so you would know how to put all those tiny pieces together. It sold for $40. It is now unavailable – only 100 were produced, but you can always try to make this on your own if you’ve got the bricks. The step-by-step directions (to make Stephen Hawking and his wheelchair) are illustrated in a beautiful graphic here Eurobricks.

We often feature huge LEGO kits and builds with thousands of pieces, but it’s small yet instantly recognizable builds like this that are the most inspiring ones to me. It would be so much fun to build Stephen Hawking and then let him sit on my desk. It would be a constant reminder that the universe may not always be what it seems, and anything is truly possible in this complex world we live in. I still can’t get over how much this looks just like him, or at least like our perception of him.

Build it with instructions here on Eurobricks















And from www.frabz.com


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Fun Cubed

The ‘Rubik’s Cube’ is most popular toy of all time and a staple to the popular culture of the 1980s. It was invented by and named after Ernő Rubik, a young Hungarian professor. erno-rubik-1He taught architecture at the time and had always been amazed by the complexities of structure and math. In an attempt to challenge his students, Rubik engineered a solid cube that could be twisted many different ways and not fall apart. As a handmade item, this was a difficult enough feat – but the real trick was the puzzle included in the toy. Each side was painted a solid color; twisting the cube randomly would rearrange the pieces, and the near impossible objective would be to work out how to put this cube back correctly again. It took Rubik himself over a month to figure out the solution to the problem he created. He had difficulty getting this toy patented and sold, however, facing many rejections from toy companies. However, once the toy took off and was able to get outside of communist Hungary, it defined a generation. It is estimated that one in seven people in the world have touched a Rubik’s Cube. Rubik continues to work as an educationist and is a board member of the Rubik’s company.


Awards and Achievements

Beginning in 1980 and continuing for three consecutive years, he took home the prize of ‘Toy of the Year’ from many countries, including Finland, Sweden, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

                                                                                                                                                     First prototype made in 1975.


There are exactly 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 ways for a Rubik’s Cube to be arranged. Only one of these is the correct solution to the puzzle invented by this famous personality.

Reposted from –  http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/erno-rubik-5615.php#kllUDm6Hgzu8IvtP.99

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Sweet Pix

Skittles Portrait-httpwww.artofapex.com201207and-winner-of-prang-giveaway.html

Expressive Skittle Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: High School Art Education Lesson Plan

Art Elements: Shape, Color

Art Skills: Photo Manipulation, Color Theory, Mosaics

Art History: Mosaics


Click to Download Free Lesson Plan

Like we talked about yesterday, I would never do this project again. However, if you are crazy enough to try it, here are a few helpful hints.

1. Gluing down the Skittles is a time consuming process. This project took way longer than I thought it would. However, we made rather large portraits. If I were to do this over again, I would certainly reduce the amount of squares when applying the mosaic filter. Maybe keep it down to 40 x 46.

2. Skittles are not cheap. I Spent over $100 buying Skittles and I bought them in bulk bags at Target, and once Target sold out, at Walmart.  The students also brought in bags. However, if I were to do this project again, limiting the amount of squares when applying the mosaic filter would also reduce the amount of Skittles required.

3. Skittles attract unwanted visitors. It was amazing how many students from other classes stopped by  just to see how things were going during this project. They didn’t show that type of curiosity when we were working on value scales. We also had ants. If you leave one Skittle on the floor, an ant will find it. That ant will then call all his ant friends because ants apparently like to share.

Here are a few more fun photos of the process!

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LEGO Sculptures in Full Bloom – Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks

Morton Arboretum features Lego sculptures

These are no ordinary garden sculptures.

Constructed from thousands of tiny plastic bricks — 464,770 to be exact — Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks is a unique perspective on some plants and creatures.

“There’s all kinds of beautiful things inspired by nature,” said Mary Samerdyke, manager of interpretation at the Morton Arboretum. “We’re really looking forward to having it here.”

The outdoor exhibit featuring 13 unique displays opens July 17 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle and runs through Nov. 1. Most recently on display at the Louisville Zoo in Kentucky, the exhibit’s stop in Lisle marks its first Chicago-area appearance.

“We are thrilled to death to have it at the arboretum,” Samerdyke said. Artist Sean Kenney created the 13 displays, composed of 27 different sculptures. Named the world’s first “Lego Certified Professional” in 2005, the New York-based artist is the only one in the world to create steel reinforced, fully glued, outdoor grade Lego installations.

“They really are works of art and works of engineering,” Samerdyke said. “They are designed to last, to hold up to the wind and rain.”

Kenney will be at the Arboretum for the exhibit’s opening week, Samerdyke said. He will be participating in various events, including book signings. Several special events and programs are scheduled at the Arboretum throughout the duration of the exhibit. Children and adults will get a chance to make their own Lego creations at some of the events, and a self-guided scavenger hunt will also be available.

For the last several years, the Arboretum has been hosting special outdoor art exhibits, which in the past have included giant bug sculptures.

“Typically we do an annual summer sculpture show or exhibit of some sort,” Samerdyke said. “This year we opted for Nature Connects.”

It took a number of years to get the exhibit at the Arboretum, she said, and has involved a lot of planning. That includes figuring out where on the Arboretum’s east side each of the sculptures would best fit, she said.

“Especially when you see the scale of so many pieces,” she said. “Everything needs to be bigger than life. They really are quite large.”

Among the pieces are a nearly life-size family of deer, an 8-foot long dragonfly with an 8-foot wingspan and an almost 7-foot wide peacock showing off its brightly colored plumage. The peacock sculpture required the most bricks, 68,827 of them, and took the most time for Kenney and his team to build: 625 hours.

The tallest sculpture is a 6-and-a-half-foot tall Monarch butterfly. The smallest is a bonsai tree measuring just less than 2 feet.

The exhibit is included with Arboretum admission. Samerdyke said both young and old will enjoy seeing the Lego sculptures.

“I think it’s something everybody can identify with,” she said. “They had such great experiences with them growing up, or have kids who enjoy them or grandkids who enjoy them.”

Kathy Cichon is a freelance reporter.

Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks
When: July 17-Nov. 1
Where: Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, Illinois.
Tickets: $14 adult 18-64; $12 seniors 65+; $9 youth 2-17
Information: 630-968-0074 or mortonarb.org

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Puzzlin’ Portrait

Check out this amazing mosaic portrait made entirely with Rubik’s Cubes. Can you guess how many Rubik’s Cubes were used to make this?

Reposted from: http://www.artofapex.com/2010/12/top-10-christmas-presents-every-art-1.html


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Exploding Toys

Toys as Art: Alan Sailer’s Explosive Art

Reposted from: Global Toy News http://www.globaltoynews.com/2012/12/toys-as-art-alan-sailers-explosive-art.html
Alan Sailer is an artist who likes to blow up toys (food, candy, ornaments, fruit and more) and photograph them at the moment of detonation.  He uses a firecracker that he fires off with an electric starter timed to a camera.  The results are oddly beautiful and disturbing.

Here are some images I found in the Telegraph article, “The War on Christmas, Alan Sailer’s high speed photos of exploding toys.”

Don’t try this at home, kiddies!

– See more at: http://www.globaltoynews.com/2012/12/toys-as-art-alan-sailers-explosive-art.html#sthash.lsAxRP3V.dpuf

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