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11 Awesomely Decorated Casts Worth a Broken Bone

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Casts in cool colors or covered in your friends' get well messages are great, but some people take things a step further and turn the pile of plaster and bandages into a wearable piece of art.

1. Starry Night

When Nicholas Frausto’s mom was scheduled to attend a dinner party after she broke her wrist, he insisted she not leave with an ugly, boring cast. So he decorated it with this great tribute to Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

2. TARDIS

Casts are always a tight fit (that’s kind of the point), but with a TARDIS painted on your cast, you can always imagine that it’s bigger on the inside. Artist Zak Kinsella spruced up his friend Laura Keeney’s cast with this wonderful picture of the TARDIS from Doctor Who floating around in space.

3. Spider-Man

This cast might not be able to do whatever a spider can, but it still looks a lot more heroic than most casts. DeviantArt user MssMime painted this great tribute to everyone’s favorite arachnid-inspired hero on her girlfriend’s cast.

4. Iron Man

You don’t have to be Tony Stark to look cool in Iron Man’s suit –even just part of it. There are quite a few casts out there inspired by Iron Man, the most famous being this one by Imgur user calig, but   my personal favorite is this one that Katie of Love Paper Paint decorated for her son Isaac, who is a serious Iron Man fan.

5. Guinness

DeviantArt user EmmyLou1012’s brother plays rugby, so when he broke the same bone for the third time, she decided to help him put a positive spin on the whole thing by decorating the cast with a little something special. It’s like a “get well soon” toast that lasts as long as your cast.

6. X-Ray Vision

This might just be the most metal cast ever. J. Giz Patterson used spray paint and paint markers to spruce up his cast. No word on whether or not he did this while the cast was still on or not, but I certainly hope he at least waited until it was removed to add the spikes.

7. Koi Pond

What’s particularly impressive about this cast artwork is that DeviantArt user FawnsWonderland did it on her own leg—relying on a mirror at some points so she could even see what she was doing.

8. Tattoo-Influenced

Sarah Hardy based her cast design on a traditional Japanese tattoo style and the influence is easy to see. Like FawnsWonderland, she did this all by herself, which she admits was not easy.

9. Stencilrific

The cool thing about this cast decoration by artist PressOne is that it almost looks like a designer accessory rather than a cast. It’s also a great inspiration for those who want to spruce up a cast, but aren’t great at painting or drawing—with a few cool stencils, you too could make something this eye catching.

10. Beachy

You might not be able to swim in the waves with a cast, but you can always ask someone to bring the beach to you. Erin Moses and her brother drew this happy beachy scene on their mom’s cast after she started feeling a little depressed about being stuck with a broken ankle.

11. Sydney

Flickr user Janeen broke her ankle when she was hit by a car when she was 14. She painted this great rendition of Sydney on her cast to help pass the time while it healed, which seems like a good way to keep yourself entertained while you’re stuck inside.

Have any of you ever ended up with a cast that you were reluctant to throw away because it had such cool decorations on it?

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Inside This Pop-Up Book Are a Planetarium, a Speaker, a Decoder Ring, and More
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Designer Kelli Anderson's new book is for more than just reading. This Book Is a Planetarium is really a collection of paper gadgets. With each thick, card stock page you turn, another surprise pops out.

"This book concisely explains—and actively demonstrates with six functional pop-up paper contraptions—the science at play in our everyday world," the book's back cover explains. It turns out, there's a whole lot you can do with a few pieces of paper and a little bit of imagination.

A book is open to reveal a spiralgraph inside.
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There's the eponymous planetarium, a paper dome that you can use with your cell phone's flashlight to project constellations onto the ceiling. There's a conical speaker, which you can use to amplify a smaller music player. There's a spiralgraph you can use to make geometric designs. There's a basic cipher you can use to encode and decode secret messages, and on its reverse side, a calendar. There's a stringed musical instrument you can play on. All are miniature, functional machines that can expand your perceptions of what a simple piece of paper can become.

The cover of This Book Is a Planetarium
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Japanese Artist Crafts Intricate Insects Using Bamboo
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Noriyuki Saitoh

Not everyone finds insects beautiful. Some people think of them as scary, disturbing, or downright disgusting. But when Japanese artist Noriyuki Saitoh looks at a discarded cicada shell or a feeding praying mantis, he sees inspiration for his next creation.

Saitoh’s sculptures, spotted over at Colossal, are crafted by hand from bamboo. He uses the natural material to make some incredibly lifelike pieces. In one example, three wasps perch on a piece of honeycomb. In another, two mating dragonflies create a heart shape with their abdomens.

The figures he creates aren’t meant to be exact replicas of real insects. Rather, Saitoh starts his process with a list of dimensions and allows room for creativity when fine-tuning the appearances. The sense of movement and level of detail he puts into each sculpture is what makes them look so convincing.

You can browse the artist’s work on his website or follow him on social media for more stunning samples from his portfolio.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

[h/t Colossal]

All images courtesy of Noriyuki Saitoh.

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