Sure enough, we all have our quirks and oddities, which others find either endearing, for lack of a better word, or instantly annoying, thereby causing them to refuse to see us again and pegging us as “that weirdo / freak, etc….” However, there are people out there who engage in seriously strange activities. Their unusual hobbies, on the other hand, produce remarkable results that stand to beautify any home design.
1. Egg Carving
There are so many ways to adorning an egg, it is hard to even figure out where to start in listing them. You can lace an egg with filigree patterns or abstract shapes. You can have it etched, or even sculpt its infinitely fragile shell. It’s not an expensive hobby and it’s especially useful around Easter. Highly skilled egg carvers can even stand to make hundreds of dollars off one very elaborate design. However, this one skill is laborious to acquire and involves an awful lot of patience.
2. Duct Tape Art
Seventeen year-old Melody Williams decided she was an artist, but not your regular painter, photographer or sculptor. Melody’s medium is duct tape, which she cleverly and innovatively uses to create colorful, upbeat, pop-culture inspired images. While this concept in and of itself is not half-bad, Williams tends to take it a bit too far – she created a skirt for herself, entirely out of duct tape, only to learn that it was “sticking to itself in places it wasn’t supposed to.” Her passion even prompted her to write a song about her weird hobby.
3. Fork Bending
Metalwork art aficionados who don’t see themselves taking up welding can dabble in this much newer art and craft – fork bending. Bending a fork into new, creative designs has been around for quite a while. However, the entire thing takes a resolute step into the realm of strange when you hear that there are people out there who claim they can bend forks solely with the power of their minds…
4. Crayon Carving
Another concept that may strike many as excessively laborious is the art of crayon carving. The medium is very permissive and not too complicated to manipulate. It’s essentially wax, which, as we all know, can be easily softened by applying heat. Simply warm up a crayon between your fingers, then carve away. Crayon box sets that have been reshaped into small totem-like figures can create a wonderful design, due to the crayons’ vivid colors.
5. Vehicle Tattoos
Not a craft per se, yet still an artistic endeavor of sorts, vehicle tattooing is a hobby invented by 71 year-old Taiwanese workshop owner Li Zongxiong. Li started out by covering his car, two trucks and motorbike with Buddhist texts. He went as far as to cover his windshields, windows and rear view mirrors. And while the effort did garner him some admiration, it definitely caused him quite a lot of trouble, too. The man’s son says the family has been prohibited from buying him new vehicles, as they all know he will just write all over them, too…
6. Breast Knitting
Eighty-four year old Audrey Horncastle, based in Woodingdean, a small village near Brighton, in Sussex, the United Kingdom, knits breasts. Now before you get the wrong idea, know that she then hands them out to daughter Rhona Emery, a community nurse, to help teach new moms to breast feed. She only gets paid the cost of materials and has already completed well over one hundred knitted breasts in little more than three years.
7. Repurposing Keyboards
Old computer keyboards can be turned into virtually anything. You can take out each separate key and then put them back together, assembling them into trendy necklaces or bracelets, or turning them into thumbtacks with a funky design. If you want to repurpose the whole case, a great use is to have them serve as seed sprouting treys, as the holes where the keys used to be will prove great for ensuring an air flow and water drainage.
8. Paper Filigree
In order to make paper filigree or ‘quilling,’ as it is alternatively called, all you need are strips of paper, which you roll, shape and glue together to create decorative designs. Basically, quilling is like iron work, only with paper, as you can create floral, geometric or abstract designs. The craft has been around ever since the Renaissance, when French and Italian nuns and monks would use it to create decorations for book covers and religious items.
Gocco is a specifically Japanese craft invented in 1977 by Noboru Hayama. Nowadays, it is estimated that one third of the Japanese population owns a Print Gocco system. Essentially, Gocco uses a flash bulb system similar to those found in all cameras to thermally imprint an image on a master screen. The name of this art, craft and technique was derived from the Japanese word gokko, which can be roughly translated as make-believe play.
10. Hotwire Crafting
It involves welding and lots of thin metal strips, yet it’s not ironwork. Its results are much more delicate, in a way reminiscent of filigree, with frail arabesques looping and convoluting to create a decorative pattern. Hotwire crafting can be used to produce decorative household items, as well as to adorn and embellish aircrafts, vintage cars and motorcycles.