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25 October 2011 @ 10:05 pm
 
 
22 October 2011 @ 06:25 pm
A few weeks back, we were approached about being the subjects of a documentary on steampunk bya graduate school filmmaker. We accepted, and the crew followed us to RealmsCon in Corpus. This Friday, they came to the house and workshop to take some footage working on projects and do interviews with Lady Artamiss and I. Here's a pic of the filmmaker getting footage of Lady Artamiss making jewelry:

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And another of her filming me working on a steampunk camera All that dark around the edge is the bellows and she's shooting through the lens end of the camera, getting a shot of me testing my camera on the other end.



More info to follow as she does the editing, etc. Supposed to be a public showing in Dallas on Dec. 1. Can you say Steampunk Road Trip?????LOL
 
 
22 October 2011 @ 06:13 pm
OK, it's not "finished" but I did get it working. Got the power module (made by some guy named Dell) installed, got the proper adapters, repaired damage from ceiling collapse (see previous post), and powered it up. Keyboard works well, display is great, and I can't wait to make some kind of steampunk mouse. Really would have liked to hinge the top of the control box on the left so it would open to reveal a mouse pad, but it's on the wrong side and way too far away to comfortably use, but I'm still working on that. I promise I'll pull up some steampunk-worthy graphic on the screen and post another pic

 
 
22 October 2011 @ 06:04 pm
Well, this past two weeks has been hectic. About a month or more ago, the ceiling (drywall) in our study/pool/poker room collapsed. Just pulled free of the nails. Had to wait for insurance to come look, but they never did. Did an estimate from square footage and looked up replacement cost in our area. It was less than our deductible, so we're on the hook for the whole kit and kaboodle.



A couple of weeks back, I got asked if I'd be the subject of a documentary on steampunk. The crew followed us to RealmsCon in Corpus and wanted to film some footage in my workshop and study, especially of the X-ray machine. So, the entire family (except the oldest who joined the Air Force just to escape such indentured servitude) jumped in and started hauling sheetrock, etc. out of the study. As of Thursday night, just before midnight, here's what the finished product looked like.


 
 
SATURDAY, April 16th:

The Legends of Synthpop Tour featuring
MESH (UK)
DE/VISION (Germany)
IRIS (US)

http://www.mesh.co.uk
http://www.devision-music.com
http://www.irismusic.com

Prophet Bar
2513 Main Street
Dallas, TX
18+ only
Tickets $15, available at http://tickets.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?a=1&lid=53116&eid=60928
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY, April 27th

AESTHETIC PERFECTION (US)
FADERHEAD (Germany)
EVERYTHING GOES COLD (US)

http://www.aesthetic-perfection.net
http://www.faderhead.com
http://www.everythinggoescold.com

Curtain Club
2800 Main Street
Dallas, TX
18+ only. Under 21 will be required to pay additional $3 cash at door per club policy.

Tickets $10, available at http://tickets.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?c=1&lid=53121&eid=60933
 
 
We've got two new shows for you!

SATURDAY, April 16th:

The Legends of Synthpop Tour featuring
MESH (UK)
DE/VISION (Germany)
IRIS (US)

http://www.mesh.co.uk
http://www.devision-music.com
http://www.irismusic.com

Prophet Bar
2513 Main Street
Dallas, TX
18+ only
Tickets $15, available at http://tickets.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?a=1&lid=53116&eid=60928




WEDNESDAY, April 27th

AESTHETIC PERFECTION (US)
FADERHEAD (Germany)
EVERYTHING GOES COLD (US)

http://www.aesthetic-perfection.net
http://www.faderhead.com
http://www.everythinggoescold.com

Curtain Club
2800 Main Street
Dallas, TX
18+ only. Under 21 will be required to pay additional $3 cash at door per club policy.

Tickets $10, available at http://tickets.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?c=1&lid=53121&eid=60933
 
 
03 April 2011 @ 06:57 pm
Got frustrated with how long it was going to take me to get leather handles off the internet (Brettuns Village Trunk Shop is great though), plus price ($15 a pair) and trouble finding the correct size for this trunk, then I remembered I had some saddle skirting weight leather in the scrap box. I also had one intact (cracked and brittle, but intact) old handle from the trunk.

I traced the old handle onto the new leather. The original was three thinner pieces of leather stitched together, but the saddle skirting was almost exactly the same thickness by itself. Cut it out, drilled a line of holes in each end of each strap, and cut them out as a slot. Sanded the edges down, died them black, put a satin finish on them, and I had my two leather handles.

I didn't want to put clinch nails so I went to Lowe's and got four 3/4-inch Chicago screws. Had to waddle the hole out just a tad, but they fit perfectly after that. But they were aluminum and just too bright for the rest of the stripped steel fittings, so I dipped the heads of the Chicago screws in the same merlot paint I used on the body of the trunk.

After they dried, I used them to attach the straps. Viola! One complete Airship Office Trunk:







We're planning on going to Aether Fest at the end of the month in San Antonio, but are not on any panels or demos there this year. So, we may bring the Time Machine Emporium trunk, Lady Artamiss' small steamer trunk, and the Airship Office Trunk as luggage. That ought to throw the bell boys at the St. Anthony a little curve LOL.
 
 
18 March 2011 @ 11:30 pm
Okay, here I am hard at work scraping off the newest layer of paint on the old US Army field desk which will soon become my very own Prof. Steampunk travelling office. After the grayish-beigish-offwhitish crackle finish came off, there were a couple layers of olive drab, GI green still to mess with.


On the inside, I scraped and sanded the wood drawers and partitions, then stained the drawer fronts a red mahogany (2 light coats) and painted the partitions black. Don't like the matte finish of the black, so I'll probably cover it with a gloss black soon.

Note the cool, flush mount, circular, brass ring pulls. They look much better than the old plastic ones.



Since this picture was taken, I've taped the strapping on the outside so I could paint the exterior. I chose a "merlot" paint which was supposed to be a burgundy color, but seems to be a little more red than I'd anticipated. Maybe when I get the strapping painted, it will tone it down a little. No pic yet. Still adding some coats to it, and right now it just all looks red, tape and all. Will post some of those when finished.

If you look real closely at the scraping picture and on the writing surface of the second pic, you might be able to make out my new steampunk safety goggles, an old pair of Willson green safety glasses with side shields. My favorite optical lab in the whole worl-- Garner Optical Lab in Waco, TX--has informed me that the frames are just fine for them to fit with my prescription trifocal lenses. Anyway, they will become my "hacker goggles" for my bike and sidecar. Can't wait to get them done. I'm only waiting while I try to decide on the color of the lenses and whether or not to make them transitional lenses or not--will depend on the colors. I really like the bright green color of the current lenses. I'm going to try to keep them that same color. Just don't know if I can find thin plastic (or poly or acetate or whatever) in the same color to match to replace the sideshields.
 
 
12 March 2011 @ 11:30 am
I finally made something with a Steampunk design that isn't clothing! I found a serving tray at home and decided that it was going to be new project while I was back for Spring Break this week. Low and behold I actually worked on it! It's done now. The bad thing about it, however, is the fact Mom doesn't want it lying around the house and I really don't have room to house it in my dorm... but I decided that selling it on Etsy was my best choice! If nothing else I think it's pretty cool to look at :)

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