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How Lego Bricks Work


Our Favorite Lego Projects
Nathan Sawaya's Han Solo in carbonite.
Nathan Sawaya's Han Solo in carbonite.
Image courtesy Nathan Sawaya

You can find pictures of amazing Lego creations are all over the Web. Here are some of our favorites:

Sawaya says, "I used over 10,000 individual Lego bricks to build the replica of Han Solo frozen in carbonite. I bought a lot of the bricks directly from Lego.com as part of their bulk sets. A lot of the bricks also came from sets, in which I picked out the pieces I needed. This was one of my first Lego sculptures so I was still learning the best way to amass large quantities of brick. Now, after years as a professional Lego sculptor, I now order hundreds of thousands of bricks in a rainbow of colors from Lego whether I immediately need them or not."

Philippe "Philo" Hurbain's rolling ball clock, originally created by Bob Kojima.
Philippe "Philo" Hurbain's rolling ball clock, originally created by Bob Kojima.
Image courtesy Philippe "Philo" Hurbain

Hurbain says, "Getting this clock to work reliably for extended time periods was a tough job. Balls tend to get jammed in the input hopper or in the chute. But finally I was able to get good precision with few glitches (just some balls falling from the lift from time to time)."

This printer uses chocolate for ink.
This printer uses chocolate for ink.