Mosaic Lamps

Two magic words in one - a traditional LEGO mosiac, but this time it's built in translucent bricks.

This let's you stick a light source behind it to make a rather nice lamp.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Mosaic-LEGO-Lamps/

And, as a games developer myself, he gets bonus points for using computer game characters. Alas... they're not from any of my games! :)

LEGO Hot Rod - Working

I meant to post this yesterday, but got distracted by (a lot!) of work.

So, here's the picture.

And the link.

http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1089233_crowdfunded-full-size-lego-ho...

Just read it and weep. So brilliant!

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LEGO Snow Globe - 5

So, to follow-up on the previous post of the Gherkin, here's a close-up of the detail. Most modellers will understand how to make curves with bricks, but for those that don't, this image should help you learn by example.

And by 'example', we mean 'copy' :)

LEGO Snow Globe - 4

My favourite of mine from the snow globe - the gherkin. (Bonus points for knowing it's real name. i.e. its address. And secondary bonus points for knowing who took me out for hot chocolate to the cafe at the top :)

My preference for this is simple - it uses mostly traditional bricks to create the curves, and does it very well. (OK, it could have been more transparent, but that's forgivable.)

LEGO Snow Globe - 3

One of London's modern icons, the Millennium Wheel. (Although it's annoying how the owners continually claim copyright on an object clearly visible from the public highway!)

As always, attention to detail and repetitive structure make this a hypnotic piece of LEGO building.

LEGO Snow Globe - 2

So, just before I launch into an entire week of close-ups, I thought I should give you (at least) one shot of the whole globe.

And this is it.

Tomorrow - back to the LEGO! :)

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LEGO Snow Globe

Instead of an advent calendar, this year sees London being invaded by a series of snow globes! They've appeared randomly around the capital. One currently envelopes Anteros (the statue normally, and incorrectly, labelled as Eros). And one envelopes various LEGO miniatures of London.

Here's the first image in the series, Buckingham Palace.

All these were built by Duncan Titmarsh, who also built the LEGO Christmas Tree at St Pancras last year.

LEGO Graphics Card

I've waxed lyrical on this site before about how small designs are often better than large ones. This is the latest example to cross my proverbial desk.

http://makezine.com/2013/11/14/lego-video-card-looks-like-the-real-thing/

My favourite part is the small right angle lug in the bottom right - it's the clip that would fit into the motherboard, and shows an attention to detail that I adore!

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Bulk Buying LEGO

Note to self: do not search for 'bulk LEGO' on ebay, when your credit card is already in their system.

And this simple tweet began a series of transactions that resulted in me buying too many bags of randomized bulk LEGO. The question is, though, what can you expect from such a bag?

Well, firstly the first picture you see is nowhere near what you receive. That image looks something like this:

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LEGO Butterfly

Or flutterby, if you will.

As well as being rather splendid in its design (notice the effortless curves) it's notably for being a live build and being a commissioned build. Maybe this is a sign that LEGO sculpture is becoming a mainstream activity. Which is a good thing. And not just for those of us that build!

http://www.brucelowell.com/post/monarch-butterfly/

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