H.G. Wells

•September 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

So H. G. Wells had a birthday on the 21st and in honor of that I wanted to show off my H. G. Wells book set.

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I’m quite proud of this set here and I shall hold onto it till the day I die.

Clock Project

•August 27, 2009 • Leave a Comment

ok, so here is my clock project.

Clock Parts

What we have here is what appears to be an end cap/frame for something and it looks amazing as far as a frame for a clock. It even has markings to use as the 12, 3, 6, and 9 hour markers. The cylinder is a part off of an old compressor. It was painted black and I was pleasantly surprised that after a good wire brush it showed some awesome metal. The hose is a metal hose covered in plastic. It is one of those stay in place bendable hoses. I am going to paint it a copper or bronze color. The parts are laid out in generally the place on the clock frame I want them to go.

rough draft

This is my initial rough draft/notes. I scribble as I go, putting ideas down and suggestions on what parts I need to find.

That is all for now, I’ll put more pictures up as I go.

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So today I polished up the raw materials I had available and pretty much got them ready to attach to the frame. The first thing I did was cut out some copper end pieces on an old radiator.

Uncut Side of Radiator

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Copper ends off radiator

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As of right now, three of those pieces will be used on the frame. Save the rest for another project.

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I also took the metal hose I had and painted it to match better with everything. I used a brown as the base then covered it lightly with a metallic gold paint, then sprayed it over again with the brown. I think it came out real nice.

painted and unpainted metal hose

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If you scroll up you’ll see the hose is to attach to the end of the compressor unit, but I still hadn’t figured out what to attach to the top of the unit. I finally came up with this piece of copper pipe that’ll do very nicely and fit into the square hole on the frame.

Shaped copper pipeI’ll mention here that if you are working with metal I recommend that you use a wire brush on all cut ends. This eliminates any sharp edges and can smooth out a rough cut. I also go over just about any piece of metal with a wire brush to take off any excessive rust, old paint, or gunk that might have accumulated on the piece. I have a nice electric one that gets the job done in a few seconds.

So at the end of the day, here is my layout to show you a general idea of what this thing will look like.

parts put in place

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The whole frame in its glory. I’m not entirely sure if I’ll put anything else on it. I might just keep it as is. I originally wanted to load this sucker down but I think that it really doesn’t need a whole lot to make it look really really cool.

[Side note] If you’re wondering what is up with the asterisks, it’s because I don’t know how to get the words to sync up with the pictures. It keeps wanting to lump everything I’m saying at the top of each set of pictures. I might be mechanically inclined, but as far as blog inclined goes…. I’d rather leave that up to other people to do.

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Today I worked on the clock face. I had originally intended the face to be made of wood that would be stained some predetermined color. I just couldn’t find a piece thin enough for what I wanted and since I work in a metal shop and not a wood shop, I had no effective way of cutting such a piece to the shape I wanted. So, I pulled out a piece of sheet metal I had and used that instead.

Again I wire brushed the surface, measured the diameter of frame, transfered those measurments over to the sheet metal, found the center, popped a hole with the plasma torch, and used a piece of wire to act as a radius guide. I then proceeded to put one end of the wire through the hole in the middle then looped the other end around the plasma torch. I used that to cut out an almost perfect circle and one that fit rather nicely inside the back of my frame.

Metal cut out

Metal clock face backingmetal clock face front

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So I think it came out rather nicely and even though I toyed with the idea of painting it a copper color. After seeing it set into the frame I think I am going to keep it that color. I just need to figure out what I’m going to do to make the numbers on it.

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I wanted to point out this really cool device for anyone who doesn’t know. This is a plasma cutter. What it does is super heat any metal it touches (grounded of course) to the point of melting it. Running through the hose is compressed air which blasts the molten metal away from the piece, leaving the metal to the left and right intact. It’ll cut a line only a few millimeters across, making it great for this kind of work.

Well now I need to go find a clock that I can take apart and get some loose gears and cogs. My idea is to cut out a piece of the clock face and insert the gears behind that, showing through the face. Giving the illusion of great mechanical things going on behind.

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Hello Steampunk World

•August 27, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Well I’ll start off by saying that I’ve been a fond lover of the Steampunk world for quite a while but until recently I have not had the time nor the ability to start my own projects. Now I have both. I work as a grounds tech. and the school I graduated from and I have full access to their scrap metal pile. A treasure trove I might add. I found a whole lot of stuff and I have a lot of ideas running through my head. The first and foremost project is going to be a clock. I have a pretty good idea how I’m going to build it and I’ll be putting up pictures as I go to document my work.