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Kittybriton
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« Reply #250 on: July 22, 2009, 02:18:22 pm »

Cunning so-and-so's aren't they? They sneak away when you're busy tidying.
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« Reply #251 on: July 23, 2009, 10:08:18 pm »

A cheap and slightly nasty plastic, quarts mechanism, dome clock:



As you can see, I've already dismantled it for experimental reasons...

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« Reply #252 on: July 24, 2009, 12:27:47 am »

The dome alone is worth the investment. That brass weight thingy looks like it could be a spinning pressure valve on a steam engine.

Meanwhile, I found this frosted glass globe thrown out in the trash last night (Thursday night is recycling night in our neighborhood, great time to look for bargains) I imagine it will form the basis of a lamp, but would like to hear your ideas.

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« Reply #253 on: July 24, 2009, 06:27:05 pm »

OMG look what I found discarded outside a building on Broadway in Manhattan. It is made of tin, is almost 4 feet high, and seems to have been designed to have a lamp inside. I can't believe what people throw out here.

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« Reply #254 on: July 25, 2009, 04:15:28 am »

A cheap and slightly nasty plastic, quarts mechanism, dome clock:



As you can see, I've already dismantled it for experimental reasons...

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Dear Friend Across the Pond,
I recently dismantled a similar clock with interesting results.  I would like to forewarn you (in the event that this is your 'first') that the screws in the back of the main mechanism may hold a surprise for you.  If the clock mechanism pictured is 'heavy', it's likely that it may contain a heavy coiled spring that will burst out like a cobra on crack upon release.  When I opened the back of a clock mech like this, I enjoyed an explosive sproing of parts, screws and gears much like those depicted in cartoons - seriously invigorating.  Suggest protective eye wear...and a dram of single malt to follow..Just to bring the blood pressure back to norm. 
Enjoy!
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« Reply #255 on: July 25, 2009, 09:33:02 am »

OMG look what I found discarded outside a building on Broadway in Manhattan. It is made of tin, is almost 4 feet high, and seems to have been designed to have a lamp inside. I can't believe what people throw out here.



Somehow, to me, this is crying out for some kind of animatronics.
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« Reply #256 on: July 25, 2009, 10:12:50 pm »

well here are some thing i got today

some brass things some gauges
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb43/05guyver/yardsale003.jpg
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb43/05guyver/lamp.jpg

then a visitel hehehehe its form the 90s the first video for your phone now im thinking this piece would make a steampunk some thing you guy and gals have any good ideas lets hear them

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb43/05guyver/yardsale001.jpg
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« Reply #257 on: July 26, 2009, 02:51:09 pm »

then a visitel hehehehe its form the 90s the first video for your phone now im thinking this piece would make a steampunk some thing you guy and gals have any good ideas lets hear them
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb43/05guyver/yardsale001.jpg


I've got one too . It is a funny device - it was designed to send still photos of the user , not a streaming video . The camera in it is built with a small vacuum tube called vidicon  . Some years ago I even wrote a simple program to decode the pictures using the soundcard . My only idea of using it without ruining it will be to connect it to an old tape recorder and make a crude , black and white picture frame Wink 
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« Reply #258 on: July 26, 2009, 10:26:09 pm »

OMG look what I found discarded outside a building on Broadway in Manhattan. It is made of tin, is almost 4 feet high, and seems to have been designed to have a lamp inside. I can't believe what people throw out here.




Victorian era terrarium - ferns, carniverous plants and so on.

Or re-do the glass and turn it into an aquarium.

Swap the glass for brass mesh and you have the steamiest aviary or lizard house going.

Very, very well found!
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« Reply #259 on: July 27, 2009, 01:52:07 am »

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Victorian era terrarium - ferns, carniverous plants and so on.

Or re-do the glass and turn it into an aquarium.

Swap the glass for brass mesh and you have the steamiest aviary or lizard house going.

Very, very well found!


Things like this sell for thousands at places like Urban Archaeology, I don't think this will make it into my Steampunk shop.

But I also found this thrown out, a perfectly good 14" frosted glass globe.
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Imagine it on a brass and copper base, with brass top piece, and brass tubing, pressure fittings, hoses, gauges and whatnot attached. Inside, a clever mechanical invention displays a simulation of the universe onto the surface of the globe. I have begun to collect parts already. This will be called the Orion Sphere. Do you remember the cat in Men in Black which wore the universe on a chain around its neck? The cat's name was Orion.
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« Reply #260 on: July 27, 2009, 02:01:39 am »

Let me share this with you. I found it and sold it on Ebay before I became involved with Steampunk. It is an authentic relic of Art Nouveau design, from around 1910. When I saw it at a yard sale I thought it was the ugliest clock ever, then it grew on me. Now I wish I had it back. It cost $1 and I got about $100 for it.
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« Reply #261 on: August 01, 2009, 06:10:22 pm »

Luckily, it's got an electronic movement, so no exploding springs! This week I've done the charity ships over half the county, and now have this haul:



Three big ones (one of which has a glass rather than plastic dome), and a small one- I wonder why there are so many the same all over the place?
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« Reply #262 on: August 01, 2009, 06:18:26 pm »

Well... I found something quite interesting the other week at a swap meet, I believe you may be able to explain to me what it is, I've already posted about it elsewhere today, so I'll be directing you via link, if you please...

http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,17580.0.html
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« Reply #263 on: August 01, 2009, 09:06:53 pm »

Most interesting Herr Doktor. Just today I picked up a similar specimen. The glass dome makes up for the disappointment of plastic faux brass and defunct movement. Perhaps we are in the middle of an epidemic of cheap quartz clock failures?
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« Reply #264 on: August 02, 2009, 04:07:53 pm »


Three big ones (one of which has a glass rather than plastic dome), and a small one- I wonder why there are so many the same all over the place?

I find things in spurts. There was a run on green glass and brass bankers lamps at all of the thrift stores last summer. I kept buying them until I ran out of places in the house that needed a desk lamp.

I have seen a few of the domed clocks lately. But all were the cheap plastic brass, did not work and were marked at $20.00. Had they been cheaper I would have picked them up to do something with or just to scavenge the glass domes and bases.
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« Reply #265 on: August 03, 2009, 12:43:36 pm »

OMG look what I found discarded outside a building on Broadway in Manhattan. It is made of tin, is almost 4 feet high, and seems to have been designed to have a lamp inside. I can't believe what people throw out here.



Somehow, to me, this is crying out for some kind of animatronics.


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« Reply #266 on: August 03, 2009, 02:00:32 pm »


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Haha, exactly right, that had not occurred to me.

This weekend I salvaged large amounts of brass fittings and lamp parts from yard sales, including a church sale where you could fill a bag for $1. I also found this, which is from the 1920's

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« Reply #267 on: August 04, 2009, 01:03:06 am »

Will you are making some amazing finds - whre is this (eBay) steampunk shop you speak of???
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« Reply #268 on: August 04, 2009, 07:06:57 am »

I found a really great mirror that's shaped like a gear.  It was buried in a St. Vincent de Paul's under some folders.  The brassy corner was peeking out and I only caught a glance of it, but turned back around and--huzzah!  I would post pictures but my camera is sadly without live batteries.  It's really neat, though. ^_Q
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« Reply #269 on: August 04, 2009, 02:10:44 pm »

Will you are making some amazing finds - whre is this (eBay) steampunk shop you speak of???

My ebay name is willyrockwell  . Since my Steampunk workshop can only hold so much, a lot of stuff goes right onto Ebay. That "helmet" lamp closes on Thursday...I have high hopes for it.
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« Reply #270 on: August 19, 2009, 05:45:12 am »

I bought this typewriter at the Goodwill "as is" store today for $5.
It's not super old, but it is in good condition and it works!

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« Reply #271 on: August 19, 2009, 08:07:46 am »

nice, are you gonna harvest the keys or use it for somthing else?
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« Reply #272 on: August 19, 2009, 08:23:58 am »

I like how the shift keys also have "freedom" on them Cheesy
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« Reply #273 on: August 19, 2009, 07:32:09 pm »

nice, are you gonna harvest the keys or use it for somthing else?

Absolutely not!  Shocked

This typewriter is in excellent working condition; I intend to write on it! Wink
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« Reply #274 on: August 19, 2009, 07:47:26 pm »

I'm with you, darkshines.
The temptation to pull those keys off and do something with them would probably get the better of me.
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