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    Sculpting Gas Masks and Helmets from Sneakers!

    We meet artist Gary Lockwood, aka Freehand Profit, who transforms sneakers into stunning gas masks and helmets. We take a look at his sculptures and learn how he breaks down a pair of shoes into the patterns and materials needed to craft helms for sneakerheads.

    Hands-On with the Glowforge Laser Cutter!

    It's finally here! We have a pre-release model of the Glowforge laser cutter in our office to test, and have been running it through its paces. Adam and Norm show off its features and run through a few test cuts, including tracing one of Adam's drawings. Let us know what questions you have about the Glowforge in the comments!

    Peter Jackson's Original King Kong Stop-Motion Armature

    When Adam Savage visited Peter Jackson's collection of film props, costumes, and artifacts, they examined the original stop-motion armature from the original 1933 film. Adam and Peter talk about this prized prop and its role in Hollywood special effects history.

    The Taxidermy Diorama Art of Brooke Weston

    We met artist Brooke Weston at this year's DesignerCon, and chatted with her about her striking repurposed taxidermy sculptures. Each piece is a combination of fastastical miniature and dioarma, housed in found taxidermy. It was one of the coolest things we saw at the show!

    Meet Sam Cobb's Elegant Automata Sculptures

    Meet artist Sam Cobb, a sculptor who specializes in making animated statues--automata! Sam joined us at this year's DesignerCon to show off a few of her works and kits, and we chat with her about how she designs and prototypes her elegant hand-cranked models.

    Walking Tour of DesignerCon 2016!

    Norm and Frank give you a walking tour of this year's DesignerCon, discussing the independent toy and art scene, trends in styles and sculpt formats, and their favorite things seen at the show. Here's a glimpse at what it's like to be surrounded by so many awesome artists and their inspiring creations.

    The World According to Jeff Levine - Episode 54 -11/25/16
    On this ep, (The FINAL ep for 2016) Frank and I welcome Jeff Levine. Jeff is a producer who has had ,and continues having, an incredible career. Jeff talks a lot about the movie industry from a producer's viewpoint and how that affects everyone working on a film, especially the FX and makers. It's a fascinating hour that you just have to hear. If you're digging this podcast, please head over to and support us with a few bucks.
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    DesignerCon 2016: Miss Monster's Masks and Sculptures

    We're at DesignerCon, an annual gathering of graphic designers, toymakers, scultptors, and collectors celebrating original art and craft. It's a place for Norm and Frank to geek out over art and meet some of their favorite artists they follow online. We meet up with Melita Curphy (aka Miss Monster), who sculpts beautiful creatures and masks in her own unique techno-organic style.

    Photo Gallery: Tom Sachs' Space Program Europa

    After taking part in Tom Sachs' Space Program: Europa mission (in charge of Special Effects, natch), Adam takes us through the exhibit currently on display at San Francisco's YBCA. Here are photos of some of the pieces in the exhibit, featuring Tom's signature build style and obsession with NASA's missions and operating procedures.

    Tested at DesignerCon 2016 This Weekend!

    Hey everyone, I wanted to remind you that we'll be DesignerCon this weekend, in Pasadena, CA. This was one of my favorite new conventions to go to last year, a gathering of toymakers, sculptors, painters, and artists of all mediums to share their works and sell some garage kits. And this year, we're actually going to be set up with a booth at the show to film some segments and hang out with some of our favorite artists and makers. Our booth is hosting propmaker Bill Doran, automata artist Sam Cobb, and of course some of our projects with Frank. Sean will also be there selling some of his amazing 3D printed kits (he'll have laser swords!), and Danica will have some of her beautiful crafted pins and necklaces.

    Here's our video tour of the convention last year, as well as some photos from the vendor area. If you're in the Southern California area this weekend, please come by and say hi! Take a photos with Frank's Rancor or Creepyfig, chat with Sean about 3D printing, or just hang out!

    Watch the Tested Team Modify the Honda Ridgeline

    We're all super proud of the builds we did with Honda this summer utilizing their Honda Ridgeline trucks. These projects allowed us to go on our first team camping trip, work alongside Adam in the shop, and learn from each other's individual passions for making, cooking, and even dirt bike riding! We had so much fun with these, and hope you enjoyed watching them. And in case you missed any of the episodes, here they are, all on one playlist!

    Photo Gallery: Peter Jackson's Movie Prop Collection

    Earlier this year, we visited Peter Jackson's cave--his collection of movie props, costumes, and cinema artifacts that inspire his filmmaking. Here are some photos from our visit, which let us get up close with iconic movie characters and the practical props, puppets, production ephemera and that made up their worlds.

    Adam Savage Tours Peter Jackson's Movie Prop Collection!

    Earlier this year, Adam Savage visited Peter Jackson in his cave--his world-class collection of props, costumes, and cinema artifacts that inspired him as a young filmmaker and continue to inspire him. Adam and Peter examine a prop you may recognize: the faceplate for the Hal 9000 computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    Nation of Makers - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 11/15/16
    This week, Adam announces his newest initative: Nation of Makers (, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the maker community. We also learn about Adam's part in Chris Hadfield's Generator show, Will's halloween adventures as Baymax, and Will's just-launched Kickstarter campaign! Plus, a mystery surrounding a pair of objects in the cave.
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    Announcing the Nation of Makers!

    I'm excited to go public with a project I'm super passionate about and honored to be a part of: Nation of Makers. A nonprofit helping makers and maker spaces everywhere to their share ideas, ideals, projects, curricula, game plans, resources, and energy. In order to spread and encourage making in all forms, to everyone.

    Check out the press release below!

    Contact: Nation of Makers

    More than 300 organizations come together to launch Nation of Makers

    New non-profit organization will ensure that more Americans have access to the spaces, communities, and tools that enable them to make things, not just consume things.

    MARYLAND- The grassroots Maker Movement has, and continues to, impact entrepreneurship, education, economic and workforce development, manufacturing, community revitalization and technology inclusion in the U.S. To build upon existing efforts and to continue to grow the coalition of diverse organizations supporting the maker community, we are proud to announce the creation of an independent non-profit called Nation of Makers. The organization will serve and represent a wide variety of spaces, events, and institutions serving makers, including non-profit organizations, museums, libraries, science centers, educational institutions, foundations and for-profit companies.

    Making Murloc Costumes for BlizzCon 2016!

    We stop by Frank's shop to learn about a secret project he's been working on for this year's BlizzCon! Frank and his team made two Murloc costumes, and walk us through the whole process of sculpting, molding, painting, and dressing up these creatures to meet fans and spread the word about Hearthstone's newest expansion.

    Features Not Standard: Building a Motocross Mobile Pit Stop!

    You may not know that Tested's Frank Ippolito has been racing dirt bikes since he was 14. So when given the opportunity to modify a Honda Ridgeline, Frank immediately dreamed up ways to turn the truck into a mobile pit stop for track-side bike maintenance. From a power washer to air compressor and easy-access hoses, Frank adds track-side essentials that keep him riding on a day at the track. Plus, the truck gets wrapped in Tested flair! #sponsored #featuresnotstandard #HondaRidgeline