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How Marbles are Made

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Most marbles are made using a pretty plain industrial process—melt some glass, cut it into pieces, and run it through automated rollers to shape it into spheres. But how are the super-fancy marbles made? With diligent crafting, a lot of fire, and lots of colorful glass strips.

In this five-minute video, we see both kinds of marbles (plain and handmade) being made. The attention and care that goes into this process is frankly staggering. Enjoy:

In case you're curious, the process for making Millefiori glass paperweights is somewhat similar, though it's a two-person job. I have one of these on my desk right now!

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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]

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14 Things You Owned in the '70s That are Worth a Fortune Now
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From old toys and housewares to books and records, these pieces of '70s memorabilia have aged (and increased in value) like fine wine.

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