Archive for March, 2011

Maker Faire and the Road to Whitby

Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2011 by Clockwork Zeppelin

Bit of a long break, thank you for staying with me!

Maker Faire went down really well, there was always a little bit of anxiety at the back of my mind that this crowd were non-Goth orientated and so might be a bit ambivalent to what we were doing.  The reality was quite the opposite!

Some of the other exhibitors looked like they needed to get a bit of daylight now and again and seemed to live on geek food – that is pizza and pringles.  Madame rightly pointed out that you were never far from a fart.

We had lots of traffic through the cameotagram studio, the high point was pushing a dalek into it and doing it’s cameo photo – very funny indeed.  A few early printer problems but we managed to get through them.  The guy who had his photo taken with a pipe and flat cap was definitely one of the best ones we did.

The finished jewellery did well as always, lots of great feedback from ordinary people which shows Clockwork Zeppelin doessn’t have to suffer for its art, nor limit itself to Goth / Steampunk events.

The jewellery workshop was quite difficult – a lot more difficult than I thought it would be.  I didn’t account for the noise factor at the show – such a racket from the singing Tesla coils that I could barely hear myself shout over them.  A lot of people didn’t want to sit down for 30 minutes to make something, perhaps that’s indicative of how things are these days.  I made the mistake of trying to run things on an ad-hoc basis – i.e just do the workshop whenever they turned up.  I found this difficult to manage but you don’t know that until you try it.

I changed tack a bit on the Sunday and invited people to make some other stuff – necklaces etc, since I brought virtually all of my raw materials with me.  This was fairly successful except for the lady that kept changing her mind after I had cut the chain and drilled the pieces rendering them useless and worthless for future projects!    In future, I think I will have timed workshops and try a variety of different things – i.e earrings 1000hrs, necklaces at noon, bracelets at 1400 and so on.

We are already thinking about 2012 and Baron Von-Eidelweiss is planning an airship simulator….

Whitby Alt Festival happens this weekend and I am ready to go.  It’s been a bit hard doing two big shows in very quick succession – mostly because making things can take up quite a bit of time but I should have enough to give a good account of myself.

Many thanks to Major Tinker and Lady Elsie for the opportunity to trade and if you can get there this weekend, you will find me in the Whitby and District Rifle Club on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


By Brougham to Maker Faire and Webshop coming this week

Posted in Uncategorized on March 11, 2011 by Clockwork Zeppelin

The finest clackers in North Yorkshire have toiled day and night to produce a Kinotropic shop front to sell fine Clockwork Zeppelin products.

Expect to see a shop portal in a few days where this blog used to be…however, fear not!  Those of you who do read this from time to time, will still be able to enjoy my sporadic output by clicking on the ‘Blog’ button on the webshop homepage (its in the Zeppelin, left hand side!).

Wish me luck, my folly awaits!!




Cannon Steamos 8.2 Megapistons

Posted in Uncategorized on March 8, 2011 by Clockwork Zeppelin

The Sky Marshall has been busy in his Ripon Brassworks.

The manufacture of Magic Lantern Portraiture should not be undertaken without the appropriate equipment.  Using cutting edge technology and some MDF, he has invented the tool for this weekend’s Newcastle Campaign.

The gentlemen of the Royal Society may scoff and guffaw, however the proof is every inch in the pudding.

He has named this process as ‘The Cameotogram’.

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