Sunday, November 27, 2011

Flattening the Queen......

Queen Elizabeth that is,and not the real one but her image on 1 and 2 Pence coins.I've been flattening coins for different projects for awhile now and found an easy and safe way to do this.It still involves putting them on railtracks but not the ones use by trains but by trams.
When a train drives over your coins they have a tendency to fly away in every direction(unless it's a really slow moving one).The tram in my town drives very slowly where I put the coins on the tracks.
The 2 Pence coins will probably have to be driven over for a second time to get the desired result.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tubular bells.....

I was planning on making a xylophone with some pieces of conduit pipe I found in a skip(aka dumpster)but it eventually evolved into tubular bells(making it out of metal pipes would actually make it a Glockenspiel).The base is the old favourite : Oak.Wooden dowels with Oaken connection pieces form a stand.Then seven pieces of pipe are hanging off the stand.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Incense burner with green LED

The base a piece of Oak from a table.Brass fittings,copper plated conduit pipe and copper fittings were made into a stand.The 3 Volt coin cell is covered by a ceramic fitting,a vintage,ceramic knife switch turns the green LED on and off.A small brass box,which I found at a second hand store ,is used to put the incense cones in.The brass chain comes from American Science and Surplus and the stone egg which sits on the top as well.



Thursday, November 10, 2011

New lamp in the making......

I just started working on a new lamp.Once again it's octagon shaped with colored acrylic panels,but not battery powered this time.It'll have a real cable.......with a energy saving lightbulb,at least that is the idea for now.....subject to change.......as usual.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Time flies.........

Not only when you're having fun but also when you are making things and go on holiday.Both of which I did.I finished the incense burner,well almost,just need to glue some things in place.During my holiday I went to my favorite place in Chicago:the American Science and Surplus store,and bought the following items:steel balls(for making a Newtons cradle,brass chain,glass ampules and bottles,an alcohol burner,brass hooks,wooden dowels,a set of aluminium boxes,guitar string,a glass ribbed lampshade,glass dropper and glass nailpolish bottle.