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  1. Take Your Makeouts (And Also Your Nightmares) to The Next Level With This Kissing Practice Pillow

    This will really improve James Franco's relationship with his dakimakura, Kimiko-tan.

    Want to creep out your valentine and also imply that they're not a very good kisser in one fell swoop? Have we got the romantic homemade gift for you! All you need is some felt, a needle and thread, pillow stuffing, and a bunch of rubber removable mouths from discarded CPR dummys, and you'll be able to make your partner's dreams come true.

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  2. We Built That $10 Microscope, Here Are the Microscopic Photos to Prove It

    Let's get small.

    Last week we told you about an easy-to-build $10 stand that turns your smartphone into a microscope. We weren't happy just talking about, so we hit the hardware store and got to work building one of our very own. To prove it, here are a bunch of pictures of some very small things.

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  3. What Would a Wooden Record Sound Like? Someone Found Out by Laser-Cutting a Few

    A few months ago we showed you Instructables Tech Editor Amanda Ghassaei's 3D-printed records. Ghassaei is at again, but this time she's favoring wood to 3D-printed plastic. Ghassaei has created records by laser-cutting pieces of maple wood. These wooden records sure look beautiful, but how do they sound?

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  4. Put the Needle on the 3D Printed Record, But Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

    The dawn of 3D printing was pretty good at making basic forms, and as the technology develops, the intricacies of the designs that can be 3D printed are fast improving, but not everything is ready to be 3D printed. Case in point, Instructables assistant tech editor Amanda Ghassaei has 3D printed some "vinyl" versions of her favorite songs. They work, but the sound quality is lacking. Not that Kurt Cobain's vocal track on "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was ever that clear to begin with.

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  5. Power an Electric Candle With a Regular Candle Because You Can

    Just in time for the holidays, we've found an electric candle that is powered by a regular candle. Why would anyone want to power an electric candle with a regular candle? Why not just light the candle, or turn on the electric candle? Why make one rely on the other? Because it's awesome. That's why. The best part is that it's complete with instructions on how to make one yourself. We'll try not to burn down the office.

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  6. Man Builds Full-Size Skeeball Machine Out of K’Nex

    For a number of people, K'Nex is that construction toy made up of plastic widgets and gears that they ignored during their childhood to instead focus on LEGO castles and the like. Instructables user Shadowman39 shows all of these good folks that perhaps they chose wrong with his full-size skeeball machine made out of those widgets and gears. It has everything one could ever want out of a skeeball machine, and is even coin-operated.

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  7. Web App Lets You Remote Control A Real RC Tank From Your iPad

    Who doesn't want to drive a tank? Joe over at Instructables sure does, and that's why he went through the trouble of building his very own laser-wielding remote control tank and a web app to drive it around and have it shoot at things. Ultimately, the idea is for the project to culminate in a full-fledged game called TankWars where players drive their tanks around and fire things in meatspace. For the moment, the game is limited to single player target practice, but is impressive nonetheless.

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  8. Forever Alone Pillow Knows When You’re Crying, Sings to Comfort You

    Sometimes, you just need a shoulder to cry on. In a cruel twist of fate, if you're the kind of person who needs a shoulder on which to cry on Valentine's Day, you're probably also the kind of person who doesn't have a shoulder to cry on today, aside from your own, but that can cause serious neck strain. Should you be in such a horrible predicament, the Sleepy Weepy Pillow was created with you in mind. Brainchild of mikeasaurus, the Sleepy Weepy Pillow knows when you're crying on it and will attempt to cheer you up with a song.

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  9. Make a Spiral Cut Hot Dog

    I love hot dogs, but there is something fundamentally disgusting about seeing them spiral cut. Perhaps it's because when encased, hot dogs seem far less disgusting than when their weird mystery meat innards are exposed. That said, I have to give Instructables user dreamberry credit for not only developing the spiral cut technique for tube steaks, but for coming up with a double spiral cut method as well. Check it out, in its horrific glory, after the break.

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  10. Papercraft Glasses Have Manually Operated Papercraft Irises

    Back in the 3rd grade, I was given a pair of glasses to wear. My eye doctor was a mad scientist so he gave me some nice bifocals. That's right, bifocals, in third grade. Of course, I can't blame him for the double bridged frames that I picked out. Needless to say, I never actually wore them after the first day. If he had given me these awesome papercraft glasses though, it might have been a different story. Made by art.makes over at Instructables, these glasses --made entirely out of paper-- not only make you look like Arthur, but also have papercraft irises that you an open and shut for, well, for fun.

    With just a little paper, a mailing tube, some string, a hole punch, a little bit of glue, an xacto knife, paper and cardstock, and about 3-6 hours of spare time, you can build your very own pair by following the step-by-step guide on Instructables, if you're into that sort of thing. Then, when you're done, maybe you can try to sell them to Lady Gaga or something. Seems like an accessory she might be into. Maybe if you made them out of meat...

    Video of these spectacular spectacles in action after the jump.

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