Clanceys of Murton and The Sky Marshall pays a visit.

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2011 by Clockwork Zeppelin

Sky Marshall Von Whipp passed by the Brassworks last night and we ran through the final Beta testing of his patented Magic Lantern driven Cameotogram machine.  We were able to run a finished Cameotogram from pose to finished product in under 2 minutes so much pizza and snuff was shared in a self congratulatory fashion

The Sky Marshall ran off to heckle and shout ‘poppycock’ at an astronomy society lecture on fusion and other non-steam driven heresy.  Having loaded his dirigible with all the requisite supplies for the Newcastle campaign, we officially signed off the Cameotogram studio ready to go.  If you are linking to this blog from the Maker Faire website, expect to pay £6 for a finished and mounted image as demonstrated – we hope to see you there.

I found myself at Clanceys of Murton this week….buyers of scrap metal and brass merchants.  A swift dive into their large copper bin came up with this excellent and large kilogram of copper wire, freshly stolen from the East Coast main line overheads.  I need this for the etching tank and will work this into a frame to hold the work piece during the process.


Victorian Suicide Bomber

Posted in Uncategorized on February 13, 2011 by Clockwork Zeppelin

The title says it all really.  I bought a set of 35 blue LED’s and a bandolier.  My colleagues have been saving the packaging from low molecular heparin one shot injections for the last few months.  I made this and it really comes out all wrong…if I wear this in public I’m likely to get shot by the police.

Čerenkov Resonator Pendant

Posted in Uncategorized on February 13, 2011 by Clockwork Zeppelin

Cherenkov radiation is electromagnetic radiation emitted when a charged particle (such as an electron) passes through a dielectric medium at a speed greater than the phase velocity of light in that medium.

This poses a challenge for most travellers through the aether and so my research gnomes, using the not inconsiderable sized Clockwork Zeppelin difference engines (measured in gear miles!) have devised a compact wearable device to ease ones passage through the transition zones of the energy grid.

More timepieces have been forged in the brassworks and specifically designed to synchronise with the resonator so you don’t arrive at your destination without your kidneys

Runcible-Sterling’s Arsenal Redux

Posted in Uncategorized on February 12, 2011 by Clockwork Zeppelin

Whilst shopping for Christmas frippery last December, I chanced upon a shop selling  all manner of sporting guns in the centre of York

I launched into conversation with the proprietor and left with 2 broken rifles that may well have fired their last .177 lead pellet.  With a keen eye for a waspy, I immediately called upon my master of works, one  Mr. E. Winter of Woodlingthorpe.  With over 40 years experience of woodworking (remember, Runcible-Sterling does not do wood) and a large collection of brass crap just waiting to be sold to Steampunks, he carefully assembled this fine range of artillery you see here.  These, including their stands, will be on view at Maker Faire and then at the Rifle Club (the irony!) during Whitby Alt Fest a fortnight after (if all goes well and I get a spot).  They are for sale, expect to pay about £90 each including stand.

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… 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:

Drink Hendricks Gin For Continued Liver And Bile Health*

Posted in Uncategorized on December 23, 2010 by Clockwork Zeppelin

*Some of the above claims require continued scientific investigation.


Hendricks appears to be the Steampunk drink of choice around our community. This is where Goths and Steampunks diverge, the former enjoying Absinthe with all its spoons, sugar cubes and Laudanum rituals.

I must confess, after downing one rather sharpish, I am less inclined to thrash the children as I would have been had I chosen an inferior gin.  It appears that one must float cucumber in it rather than the usual citrus, somewhat in the manner of Pimms but without the strawberries.  It has a greenish hue to it which appeals to Runcible-Sterling’s appreciation of oddness.  Tasty? I should warrant…I’ve had two.

Clockwork Zeppelin wishes all customers and friends a very Coal Fired Christmas and a Brassy New Year…Hip Hip and Chin Chin….

Steampunk Hendricks



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