Archive for January, 2011

Electrolytic Etching of Brass

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2011 by Clockwork Zeppelin

So we are getting on quite well.  I’ve done 3 demonstration etchings and the 1.5A hacked up DC power supply does a nice lovely deep etch in about 3 hours.  Almost inevitably I need to complete a risk assessment for the copper sulphate solution.  (don’t suggest anyone drinks it).

I’ve got everything I need to do the Steampunk Jewellery workshop with enough kit for about 50 items, just waiting to hear from the Sky Marshall about the silhouette studio – we still have a few technical issues to overcome but I have 100% faith in him.

I’ve done 7 of the exploded watch bracelets, think I need about 12 for the 2 days and then I’m moving onto necklaces again and earrings.  I’ve resin cast some typewriter keys into rings so I’ll have a go with them and have lacquered about 100 of my best selling laser cut wooden badges.

Maker Faire linked me onto their website so I’ve had a massive spike in site traffic over the last 2 days – thanks everyone, wait till you see the airship boarding cannons Runcible-Sterling’s father in law has modded from 2 old air rifles.  I’ll get some photos on this week.

 

 

Clockwork Zeppelin is exhibiting at Maker Faire !!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 10, 2011 by Clockwork Zeppelin

Runcible-Sterling in a moment of drunken insight, did once email the organisers of Maker Faire.

Maker Faire originated in the United States a few years back and is dedicated to the Shed-Men, tinkerers, and alternative technology hacker.  Maker Faire encourages a somewhat anarchic view to hacking and modding gadgets and devices to a different purpose to that originally intended.  You might see a robot that can do the Rubik cube, a 1970’s IBM golf ball typewriter connected to Twitter, Guerilla knitters (you should see all the lamp posts on the way in!!), power tool drag racing and home made CNC milling machines.

Foolishly, the organisers thought my Steampunk Village idea too entertaining to dismiss immediately…

So why are Clockwork Zeppelin going?  Well…..in the USA,  steampunks couldn’t buy stuff anyway so we made our own…we have enjoyed a loose association with maker culture ever since.  At Maker Faire last year there were some bored looking Steampunks selling Steampunk Magazine and that was it.  This year, I thought we might represent the genre and its ‘making’ roots a little bit more brazenly.

So what we got?

1.  Electrolytic etching of brass – a live demonstration of the original electrolytic process where we etch complex designs into brass with a copper sulphate solution and a car battery.  Highly toxic to marine life.  Fantastic, pushes all my buttons.

2.  Steampunk jewellery workshop – punters queue up and cough up for the chance to make a Clockwork Zeppelin original to take home.  All taught by me of course and hopefully by another well respected jewellery artist who I will name once I’m sure she is definitely in….

3.  Victorian Silhouette Photo studio – Have your picture taken in the Victorian cameo style to take home

4.  Marvel at our large armoury of Steampunk assault weaponary

5.  Gasp at our faithfully recreated  Steampunk Living Room

6.  Spend endless amounts of cash on Clockwork Zeppelin baubles

7.  Become astounded at our own travelling Steampunk museum

If you are going, we hope to see you there…

Maker Faire:  http://www.makerfaireuk.com/

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