The modern interlocking zipper was perfected in 1914 by Swedish-born Gideon Sundback. "Sundbäck developed a version based on interlocking teeth, the "Hookless No. 2", which was the modern metal zipper in all its essentials. In this fastener each tooth is punched to have a dimple on its bottom and a nib or conical projection on its top. The nib atop one tooth engages in the matching dimple in the bottom of the tooth that follows it on the other...
Whenever you have the unfortunate occassion to be at an event that still serves hot beverages in styrofoam cups, you either 1) say "no thank you, it's 2009, and I won't use polystyrene any more, where's the drinking fountain"; or 2) suck it up, feel bad for compromising, enjoy your cocoa, then proceed to impress teeth marks around the top rim, and, if you're really bored, around the bottom angle.
One box of unwanted china + one black porcelain paint marker = a one robot-themed cup and saucer every robot-loving dork would love. (Hand goes up indicating my dork-ness.)
A new Etsy shop, Domestic Construction, features these adorable upside down coffee and tea cup pendant lights. At around $60 for one, they're moderately expensive, but with some thrift store china, some Ikea pendant kits, and a bit of creativity, they're mos def DIYable.
Via and photo from Decor8.
Drink in the coolness of Inv/Alt Design's Snap Cups. They're cups, and they have a snap on them.
You could snap them together, snap a handle on them, or snap on a wine glass stem.
I guess if you've got ceramics skills you could try a DIY route, but these are cool enough to warrant a purchase.
There’s a company out there called WeGo, that sells facial tissues in a take-away coffee cup. In the interest of DIY-ism, I bought one of these cups of 50 sand-paper-rough tissues for 3 bucks so I could pop off the top, rip the guts out and figure out how to make them. Here’s my easy, no-cost version.
What You Need
A cleaned, small to-go coffee cup and appropriately-sized lid to fit (the cup in the example is 4 ½" high with a 3 ½" top diameter)
Anyone who has attempted to put pencil to paper in an effort to bring to fruition a spark of inspiration will appreciate this witty mug available at World Market.
The cup, embellished with the preliminary schematic of its own design, would be a great addition to the desk of your favorite engineer or designer. And at only $3.99, you can treat yourself to one as well.