Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dieselpunk Clock by Dmitriy Khristenko

Remember Dmitriy Khristenko? I featured his amazing insects here.

I just found this Dieselpunk clock he's made. Just soak up the detail.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Steampunk on Monday: Aging Wood.

(Please, no coarse jokes
about Sean Connery)

There's a lot of tutorials about aging paper
from the quick and dirty (hit it with a tea bag)
to the meticulous and thorough.
The latter comes from the remarkable Propnomicon.
 So if you want a tutorial on faking paper the
grown-up way, go over there.
Propnomicon's blog
is well worth examining for the diversity and 
excellence of its features.

Yes, all kinds of ways to age paper.
Very little information about aging wood.

Not, you'll note, distress wood.

Any fool can distress wood.

(It just takes muscle,
six inch nails and a stout bicycle chain.
I'm not condoning violence, you understand.
I'm merely acknowledging that
 these things will get the job done)

No, ageing wood uses chemistry 
and a deeply satisfyingly alchemical  process it is.
I found the process here.
It doesn't take any toxic reagents
Just tea and vinegar and steel wool.
You probably have all of those, right?

 I'd bought a little box with drawers,
but it looked really raw and new.

From Hobby Lobby. $8+. With handles.
 Not at all suitable for the Steampunk Study.
So I tried the tea and vinegar
and steel wool technique
and wow!

Vinegar and steel wool. Jar of cold tea.
It works!

You need to start the day before,
with the steel wool in the vinegar.
Let it sit for 24 hours.
Paint on the strong tea.
Let that dry.
and then paint on the
vinegar messy mix.
Then watch.

Experiment on left. Control on right.
After 5 minutes.

Experiment on left. Control on right.
After 10 minutes.

Experiment on right. Control on left.
After 30 minutes.
The wood darkens dramatically.

What's really cool is that you have
 absolutely no control over the process!
The change in colour depends on the kind of wood,
the strength of the solutions,
the temperature...
It's not magic.
It's Science!

What you end up with looks like
wood that has had decades of abuse.
Even when the drawers are opened
 the piece looks old inside and out.

For those of you making Vampire Killing Kits
(and I ask you, who isn't?)
the technique works on corks for your phials
of  powdered garlic, flowers of sulphur or whatever.

The vinegar mix also adds a nice patina
and about a hundred years of use,
to the cheap, brassy label holders.

Now the drawers need a darker glaze on the outside,
and the little label holders screwed on,
When I can find small screws.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Steampunk on Sunday: Goliathon 83 Infinity Beam Projector

Another newfangled communication
for your viewing pleasure. 
Safe for all classes.

These craftsman-build weapons are 
more than adequate for self-defence.

(and if you wanted to buy one, they were available here for $690.00
But you're too late.They're sold out)

For more on Dr Grordbort's creations, see his own page
which is very satisfactory in a steamy, punky kind of way.
Dr Grordbort is the alter-ego of
Greg Broadmore, and if I could find my
Scrabble tiles, I'd know if that was an anagram, or not.

Greg Broadmore was a conceptual designer
for The Narnia Chronicles, King Kong
and the lead conceptual designer for District 9,
which is about the only violent film I'll willingly watch.