Institute of Making
The Institute of Making is a cross-disciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to diamonds, socks to cities. Learn more
This November, in partnership with the Crafts Council, the V&A and the RSA, we will be staging a London-wide extravaganza of materials and making, called Make:Shift:Do. As part of this, we will be hosting a public open day around the theme of Carbon and a selection of specialist masterclasses. This will be our last open day of 2014, so get it in your diaries now! More
This week in Beijing China, 12 Institute of Making members and 12 students from Beijing Universities collaborate to build a low-cost open-source Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) using LEGO and hacked electronic equipment, enabling high-school students to explore materials in miniature. More
Periodic Table of 92 elements
This commercially available collection of all 92 naturally-occurring elements gives you a chance to see and safely handle some extraordinary materials, with appearances from: Scandium, an element more common on the Sun than Earth; the highly toxic Arsenic, which was once used in Greek physicians' cures and Elizabethan cosmetics; extremely rare...
Balsa Wood Cores
You may recognise this white-grey, velvety wood from the model-making shops of your childhood. Because it is so light and easily cut with a craft knife, it is perfect for making model aircraft or for whittling. Because this wood has a lower density than cork it is put to use...
Given our everyday interactions with metals like steel, which is used in everything from cars, planes and boats, through to skyscrapers, bridges and other engineering projects of a gargantuan scale, it’s easy to understand why metals are perceived to be heavy materials. But magnesium is lighter than many woods...
Recycled Copper Chips
These small orange-brown coloured chips are made out of recycled copper. Some everyday items copper can be sourced from include computer chips, electric wiring, gas pipes, roofs from old buildings and automobile radiators. Copper is regarded as a strategic material for developed countries because of its importance in the electrical...
Blood clotting polymer at the interface of animate and inanimate material m.youtube.com/watch?v=dJLxRc…