Thursday, June 27, 2013

Three New Steampunk Necklaces up for sale on ETSY (finally)

Just finished making this piece today.  My copper disk reminds me of moon craters.

It's fun. I like movable jewelry, especially if it then stays how I put it. 

I've filed all the little sharp edges from the etched copper disk. It's really a penny that I hammered out and did an Edinburgh Method etch on. The zinc in the penny shows up very dark and ate though on that one corner. But it does look a bit mysterious now. 

The pendant can go from 7 inches long to just under 3 inches. Waxed Cotton Cord adjusts from 24 inches down.


 Thirteen hammered copper disks, riveted together. Every other disk has been acid etched using the Edinburgh Method, and all have been dipped in Liver of Sulfur to patina. 

It's very lightweight, swivels easily, and quite comfortable. Makes a lovely, bold piece to wear. 

All told this comes in at 16 inches.


 Eleven copper disks of various size have been heated repeatedly with a torch for those wonderful an surprising colors that copper takes on when touched with flame.  

Has a little bit of weight to it, and the rivets are fairly tight, so that it will hold a shape depending on a mood or what you are wearing. 

The ribbon is fine copper wire that has been machine woven. Very flexible; it feels like cool fabric almost. I've applied just a touch of flame color to one end.

All told it comes to 22 inches.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gear Goggles in the Works

I'm making a new pair of brass Steampunk goggles, and I thought I would give a little behind the workbench look.

 I've already sketched out a gear design on one side and a swirl design on the reverse side for both brass strips. After the acid etching, each piece was cleaned, then gone over with a butane torch. Then, I used a jewelers saw to make the cut I wanted (most goes to the frame, the last three inches I wanted to use for the side).  The last thing I do before I start shaping is to file the edges round.

  Now, I mark where I want to make my bends and carefully shape the frame. I'm holding things in place with my little clips before I start cutting any holes for riveting.  I notice here that on the far frame, I need to switch out what's on top so that the edge faces away when I start to rivet, so I've already re-clipped just in case.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Airship Noir Tokens

Here's an example of what you will be making at Maker Faire when you come see the Steampunks at the Airship Noir table this Saturday and Sunday.

 On side, you make your own design.  I've chosen one of our Airship logos. 

 On the other side, we'll write out "Airship Noir Token"

Then into the etching solution, a rinse, a clean, and then you get to decide if you want a little hole punched or not.

Introducing the innovators of Maker Faire (Kansas City)

I've been waiting and waiting for the photos and article to come out in Ink Magazine about Maker Faire Makers.

Take a look at the photo of me; I could go on about the how long I hung off that valve until the lighting, and the tilt of my head (goggles on face, and on hat), was worked out just right, but I won't.  =)  I decided to call it the price of admission to Maker Faire, and a damn fine time was had by all.

Anyway, if you haven't already..... go take a look at the online version, and then go out and pick up a printed copy!

Two local (Kansas City) radio stations feature interviews about Maker Faire

ooooooo how exciting!  I've been excited about the upcoming Maker Faire for several months now, but as it comes up in just several days, my excitment has grown.  Teaching and checking last minute details with my crew, Airship Noir.  Mentally arranging the tables over and over again... people will want to hammer their own pennies, so we should put the anvil here, the solution to etch should go back more, and the ink pens for people to draw on the pennies over here.

My little electroplating demonstration is a little lost on the table at the moment, but it's little, and it'll just hang out for people to look at I think. There's just so many little details to remember, but that's part of what I love about all this.  The Makers work so hard to show people that they can do all this themselves if they want.  Making stuff is fun.  Maybe it isn't easy, but it's worth it all the more to figure out all those little details, and it helps to have an example shown and done hands-on.  That's what Makers Faire is all about.  I did Makers Faire last year with Airship Noir, and this year's Faire is going to be bigger and better.

I'm featured on the Maker Faire website this year!  You can also listen to the little radio spot I did that aired on Mix 93.3 this morning.