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Mary Ellen Croteau Makes Bottle Cap Art

Bottle Caps

Artist Mary Ellen Croteau proves that recycling can be beautiful with her work, titled Close, made entirely of bottle caps.

According to Mary:

Plastic bottle caps – like bags, a plastic product that can’t be/isn’t recycled. I conceived of an “endless column” of these caps, after Constantin Brancussi’s iconic modernist sculpture. One became two, and two became many. While making these columns, I noticed the smaller caps tended to nest inside one another, and the color combinations reminded me of Chuck Close’s painted portraits. So I got sidetracked and started on a large self-portrait made entirely of bottle caps. The piece measures 8 feet by 7 feet. No paint is used, except to delineate a few shadows where white board was showing through. In a few cases, the caps are trimmed in order to fit a tight space.

See more detailed photos at her site.

[Mary Ellen Croteau]

…The Pocket Shark will kill you?

Pocket Shark

The Pocket Shark is as much a self-defense weapon as it is a pen!

Designed to be “the biggest, baddest permanent marker around”, it’s made from glass-reinforced plastic, and features walls that are four times thicker than similar markers.

What this means is that it’s designed for impact, and in an emergency can become an efficient Yawara stick for driving off an attacker. Plus, the screw-top cap won’t pop off like other caps in the heat of battle.

It’s definitely more than just a regular pen, but then again, who wants just a regular pen anyways?

[Pocket Shark]

[Via: Gizmodo]

…Legos can keep your valuables safe?

Lego Safe

If you don’t mind the idea of storing your valuables inside of a bunch of plastic bits and pieces, then the Lego NXT Safe might be the way to go for a DIY security solution.

Features include 6.5 kilograms of weight, a 7 centimeter thick door opened via a motorized lock, internal safety bars to prevent the walls from being disassembled, 30 liters of internal storage space, a burglar alarm activated by an acceleration sensor, and a five double digit security code entered through a directional sensitive dial, giving you more than 305 billion possible codes to unlock the door, so that unless you let the code slip after a few too many at the bar, the chances of someone guessing your code are pretty slim.

[Lego Examples]

[Via: Hacked Gadgets]

…Gift Cards get high tech?

Target Best Buy Gift Cards

This year, gift cards go beyond just plastic as companies add features to lure you into buying the profit-filled gifts.

New card ideas include Target, which has added a small digital camera to their card, and Best Buy, which chose to go with a speaker that can connect to any MP3 player and play music through the included mini headphone jack.

While the Target card makes sense, because you can use it to capture holiday memories, send thank you pics to the gift giver, and even use it as a camera stand-in on your way to buying a real digital camera of your choice, the Best Buy one seems a little strange, since I can’t imagine the tiny speaker sounding any good as it attempts to keep up with the enthusiastic gift recipient.

Either way though, it’s an interesting idea, and it will be interesting to see what gets attached to a gift card next.

[Target Gift Card, Best Buy Gift Card]

…It’s Things Thursday: Milk & Bread?

Milk And Bread

Melanie Favreau took the little plastic things that keep your bread loafs closed and turned them into sterling silver pieces of jewelry she calls Milk & Bread.

Available as either a ring or a necklace, Milk & Bread are from her appropriately named “Supermarket” store, and can be customized with any text that you’d like.

[Melanie Favreau – Supermarket – Milk & Bread Rings]

[Melanie Favreau – Supermarket – Milk & Bread Necklace]

[Via: Reuben Miller]