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does anyone have instructions for making life size victorian christmas carols complete with costumes? Thanks?

I saw several lawns with fully costumed carolers on them this season and would love to make them for my front yard.  They were complete live size families, fully clothed.  I know where I can get the clothes, I just need instructions on how to make the under frame and head.

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Steampunk ideas for us "big" girls?

I'm not a size 12.  More like an 18 on bottom and a 22 on top.  Any ideas for steampunk accessories/fashions for women my size?

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My guide: 'How to Steampunk' is not appearing in any of my searches!

I put in this guide about a week ago and cannot find it through any of the searches I do on instructables.  Can this be fixed?

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Steampunk weaponry

Just to discuss all things related to steampunk weaponry (actually I am after some design insight) I'm building a steampunk longgun(micro-sniper) and It will shoot stuff, unlike all the other steampunk guns I can find here. It will be a functional piece, except not utilizing gunpowder ammunition. Anything relating to homebrew loading mechanisms, coils, design, etc would be awesome.

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How do you clean the glue off of a 2 litire soda bottle? Answered

I want to make the "Victorian Domed Glass Display Case" from Dadcando.com, but am unable to clean the glue off of my 2 litre bottle, Please help.

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Cycle Skates

I once read that technology never dies.  There are people today that still make flint knives and start fires by friction.  Furthermore, these skills have been passed down generation to generation.  To prove the hypothesis, the authors got an old Sears Catalog from the 1890s and picked out two pages of stuff they had never heard of.  They found all of them still available for purchase somewhere. Why then, can I not find the Cycle Skates in this 1923 video?   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjtPn4orR9A They were apparently invented in 1870. (http://pedespeed.blogspot.com/2007/07/following-is-from-leonard-de-vries.html) I cannot find the patent info as they seem to be from France. I know in 2004 someone "re-invented" them as Chariot Skates.   Anyway, I would like to learn how to make my own 1870 / 1923 style cycle skates.    Anyone out there who can help?

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I need to find a few Parsley or Ivy Victorian Scrolls for a motorcycle gas tank and seat. Answered

Hello, I am going to paint my new project chopper motorcycle, and I want to paint matching left and right parsley scrolls on the gas tank, and engrave it on the leather seat. but so far I have not had any luck finding a good candidates for that. Any help will be incredibly appreciated. Thank you, Mr. Lunna XIII

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I wanna make steampunk lamp.

I wanna make steampunk lamp. I was thinking some kind a magical or science fictional lamp. Light that truns on when there's is a sound in a room, human voice or something like that.  Turns off when no one is making sound. I don't know what to use as sound cather.  I have old wooden candle leg. I think piezo is not right for cathing sounds like human voice in air. I don't wanna make lamp that turns off and on when I say on the mic something. I wanna make lamp that starts glowing when it catches sound. Turns off when it don't catch any sound like human vocie. I don't know what to use as sound cather. I think piezo element is not right. Maybe mic element or someting like that is better.

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The Ultimate steampunked computer desk

Meet the Victorian Organ Command Desk. Bruce Rosenbaum of Massachusetts home restoration firm ModVic.....replacing (the innerds)  with three monitors, a 3GHz AMD Phenom II X4 945 processor... The source blog can be found here

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KnowHow goes to Maker Faire

Tim Anderson takes us on a tour of Maker Faire 2007. See The Haul, a self-propelled victorian house with a steam engine, learn to run a gasoline engine on coffee grounds or anything that burns, see a robot pull a chariot, etc etc.Do you like it? Digg it!.

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Steampunk Space Helmet

Just when I thought that there was enough steampunk to last me through the month, another wonderful item comes along. Why fight it? Just check out all the details that make up this crazy piece to enable Victorian gentlemen to explore the ether without having to remove their tophats. Link via Neatorama

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Hand Made "Mummified Faeries" on Etsy!

Isher Creations on Etsy has several hand made "mummified Faerie" displays available for sale.  Several photos of each specimen are on the site. These would make excellent displays for your dark art collection, Halloween Haunt, bookcase...wherever!  Each is in its own display case. Check it out today!

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Bringing 21st Century accessibility into the 19th!

Courtesy of Adafruit Industries, comes this awesome steampunk wheelchair, using their Arduino-based Waveshield for sound effects.  The creator, Daniel Valdez, has a Web site (http://www.smeeon.com) with some issues, but he does have photos and video on Flickr.  It is fully functional, using an 1875 Victorian rocker mounted on a Permobil C300 power chair chassis.

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One Hundred Things We Didn't Know Last Year

Baseball is English.A Victorian doctor was struck off for describing nicotine as "foul poison".Americans are not allowed to sell proper haggis.1% of Americans are in prison.Toasters are illegal in Cuba.... and 95 other peculiar facts culled from the news over the last 12 months.What have you learned in the last year?

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Harry Patch 1898 - 2009

Let's raise a glass of respect to Henry Patch, (and along with Henry Allingham, plus their cohort) , the last Tommy to fight in the First World War. He was born a Victorian ( that's the 1800's ) reached his majority as an Edwardian ( early 1900's ) and died an Elizabethan, (that's nowadays over here in Blighty).He outlived both his sons, and he still had an eye for the ladies in the twilight of his years.Above all maybe was the fact that he was a pacifist.

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Looking for advice on building a horn amplifier for a speaker.

I'm looking to build a backpack or box that will have an MP3 player, speaker and phonograph horn.  I want it to look steampunk/victorian style.  I'm planning on just building a good box, and I'm sure I can find a good speaker out there, but I'm not sure how to attach the horn to the speaker and the audio engineering aspects of that.  I'm considering incorporating a tube amp into the mix, and any advice would be appreciated.

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How could I make a standard pair of jeans more steampunk? Answered

I need a way to practically fix up some jeans for everyday wear and tear (and washing) that would be practical to wear, say to work or school, but would not be out of place with a steampunk ensemble. really i just kind of need the jeans to be a bridge between steampunk and modern fashion, so that i won't get funny looks from teachers and co-workers by showing up in full neo-victorian/steampunk garb.

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My first steps into steampunk

I've just taken my first steps into steampunk with a small display and I thought I'd share some pics. I made all the clothes and there is an LED in the contraption behind the blue window. I was making a pair of Victorian style boots for Sybil, but ran out of time, so she has a pair if Barbie shoes for now (good thing Barbie has ridiculously small feet for her size) The male doll is 5 1/2 inches tall. I'll finish the boots at a later time, but I had to finish the display to a point today as the miniature group I belong to has a display at a local model show this weekend (anyone in Newcastle, Australia - come to the Our Town Model Show :-)

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Babbage difference engine No. 2 now operational

Moon-mad steampunk engineers have constructed Charles Babbage's Difference Engine No. 2 from the master's original plans. It is now on display at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., after being completed last month. "The first complete Babbage Engine was completed in London in 2002, 153 years after it was designed. Difference Engine No. 2, built faithfully to the original drawings, consists of 8,000 parts, weighs five tons, and measures 11 feet long. We invite you to learn more about this extraordinary object, its designer Charles Babbage and the team of people who undertook to build it. Discover the wonder of a future already passed. A sight no Victorian ever saw."Online Exhibit

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Hey guys, thinking of turning a room in to a ball pit, I've seen prices for various balls, any cheap alternatives?

Yes this is inspired by a combination of three things, that infamous XKCD comic strip, THE LIST and a few conversations with friends.  It's the cloakroom of my house, which is small but not too small for say six people and a few thousand balls...  Important points, using the online calculator it would take around 800-900 balls at a diameter of 3.155 inches.  The floor area is about 50 sq. feet and I'm attempting to get the height at around two and half feet deep.  So suggestions, obviously if this insane project comes together on a budget of zero there will be a full instructable involved, which would make for awesome photos, think victorian features and stain glass backdrop to a ball pit...

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I'm trying to find a simple 365 project... any ideas? Answered

I have sewing, drawing, baking, photography, general crafting, and painting skills. I have some experience with crocheting, knitting, woodworking, gardening, writing, and scrapbooking. I like history (specifically American Revolution, Napoleonic Era England & France, and Victorian England & America), art (Impressionists are high on my list), anime and manga (although I'm still new to it), and science fiction. I don't know if I'm looking for one project to do every day for a year, or a "genre" of projects so I can mix up my weeks. I don't have a ton of funds to pour into this, but I have a lot of supplies for the things I mentioned above. Any help in narrowing down ideas would be greatly appreciated... I feel like I'm drowning in ideas and don't know where to swim.

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Building custom computer case with metal or plastic.

I recently saw a compilation of images of a bunch of custom computer cases. They was amazing looking cases too. Anyway, I really want to make my own case, but, I'm not as to how I should go about doing so with metal or plastic, I thought about making it with wood (something I know more about), but, I figured wood would attract a lot of dust and generate a lot more heat. What I'm looking to do is trying to find a way I could "warp" metal into 3-dimensional designs, I was hoping for something Victorian looking design. If that wasn't possible, I thought about plastic, although, I know nothing about creating with plastic. Can anyone give me any information about how I could go about this?

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Has anyone used underground piping before to cool a house?

I bought a 110 Victorian home in Middle Georgia and was studying about installing underground piping to help cool the house. Has anyone experimented with 5 inch PVC before underground to cool with? I took a study of temps in the house, attic and crawl-space to see if I pulled air from the crawl space, I could use that cool air to help circulate in the house to assist cooling. I found that the crawl-space was actually as close to the outside temp. It wouldn't help. I then studied using piping to put under ground about 3 feet and use a to-and-from push fans then tie it into the fan-only central heat and air system. I then wonderered if I would cause a positive preasure issue. I haven't tested it yet, but I think the ground temp is about 68 degrees constant if you go at least 3 feet deep! Any comments?

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A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!

Deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean, forgotten for the best part of a century, lies a tunnel linking London and New York.It was built on the whim of a Victorian inventor with the aim of linking two great cities and developing the kind of friendship that still exists today.But bad fortune befell the venture - and the tunnel lay idle ever after.Until today, that is.One end of the "tunnel" emerges next to Tower Bridge on the banks of the Thames in London - the other is next to Brooklyn Bridge on the banks of New York's East River.It looks like something HG Wells might have imagined.Each end has a giant telescope-like construction which appears to punch its way out of the earth.There are dials, and levers, and thermometer gauges on the side of the 20m long brass and wood construction.Peer into it and you can see people on the other side of the Atlantic.Wave at them, they wave back at you.Web-cam it ain't, but the Telectroscope is fascinating. I hope it's stays operational for quite some time.Telectroscope websiteDaily Mail articleBBC StoryBBC Video

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In Need of Help With a LED Project!!!

Greetings to all you budding mad scientists out there. I am an Student Artist who specializes in more 3D art forms, especially Jewelry/Fine Metalwork and Ceramics. Currently my interests are moving more toward the imagery found in the Steampunk style. This beautiful combination of Brass, wood, glass and leather in classic Victorian style is just speaking to my core being. So new designs are currently spewing forth from this place deep inside me, crying out for me to breath life into them. But my muse, sadly (or maybe not :)) is pushing me beyond my current skills. I have yet to incorperate light and electricity into my work, but to this current genera it is a natural marriage. So I am in need of assistance. An online Igor to my Frankenstein of Jewelry. I am needing to incorporate some LED lights (5-7) into my new piece to hopefully give it an almost otherworldly glow. But I have never done this before. Aside from LEDs I do not know what else I will need. Transistors, circuit boards, kinds of batteries ext of whatever else. So if anyone out there possesses the knowledge I am seeking I would appreciate any enlightenment you send my way. Thanks in advance - Draco Rincewind

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Top 5 new Instructables

Gaze in awe and amazement at the newest batch of popular Instructables! Each one of these wondrous entries was submitted in the past week and has caught the eye of the public like no others! TV-B-Gone KitTired of all those LCD TVs everywhere?Want a break from advertisements while you're trying to eat?Want to zap screens from across the street?The TV-B-Gone kit is what yo... posted by adafruit on May 17, 2009 Laptop skinDo you want your own high-quality vinyl laptop skin, but don't want to pay $20? Then read on! posted by sms97 on May 18, 2009 fancy steampunk blunderbuss rifleThis will show you how to build a cool fancy steampunk blunderbuss rifle.(for the grunge people...its fancy, it's victorian, ...just deal with it). posted by solipsism on May 15, 2009 No-Solder, Funny Robot in MinutesSummary:Build a cheap robot with no soldering, no programming, and no mechanical work. It is built on a dishwashing brush. To move forward, it will use the vibrations transmi... posted by laxap on May 17, 2009 Hands-free book pillowMy mom loves to read at the breakfast table or when she's knitting. Newspapers are great for these times, but what about that novel you can't put down? That's where my book pi... posted by QueenElizabeth on May 17, 2009

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does someone want to make a tobacco shredder?

Hi Guys, one of my new hobbies is going to be growing tobacco, I know how to grow and cure it but what I need is a decent method to shred it. I can slice it with a knife but the strands turn out too big for hand rolling, there are commercial products around which can shred tobacco but the best around for the home grower which doesnt cost the earth only cuts to about 1.5mm now what I need is 0.5mm. I was thinking of was to combine 2 ideas, this one which seems to be based on the old victorian tobacco shredders http://www.howtogrowtobacco.com/forum/cpg14x/albums/userpics/10155/normal_b_processequipcutter.JPG with this one, which uses a nice method of keeping the tobacco compressed and moviing it slowly with out chopping your fingers off. http://lh5.ggpht.com/_2A4aHZ23tp4/S5P-L7KOxaI/AAAAAAAABnA/KqWk0ZoLf90/s640/loaded%20shredder%201%202010_03050006.JPG the above used a handle which turns a theaded spindle which pushs the block along by a fraction, you then use a knife to take a slice off the end. now there is an automated one someone made in new zealand which looks awesome, this also uses a thread but they have put a ratchet spanner on the spindle so it automatically moves it along. So does anyone fancy this as a project? it would have to be easy to make, made from materials which are easy to come by for normal people, it must be cheap and it must be able to produce a really fine cut at least 0.5mm good enough for hand rolling tobacco.

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Alternative Cooling design idea – Southeast moderate to high humidity

I need some serious feedback!  I have an 1896 Victorian, about 3800 sq.ft. but we did it right. Foamed the walls, floors, all new everything; a/c upstairs(2ton) and 5 ton downstairs.  It cools fine, but it's big and with only 3 of us, we only use about 2 rooms most of the time. Practically a new home. I've was studying underground piping for cooling but I have a new though. I can not use swamp coolers because it's to humid in Middle Ga. I have a well that the water is about 49-58 degrees. If I build a box with a cage fan and use small radiators (desinged for this purpose; not auto radiators), to pass the cold well water thru, wouldn't this work to cool the air for a room or two? I would design it to use a thermostat to open a valve when the water reached about 70 degrees and have it to RETURN the water back to the well (have have an opening to do so on the well). What I'm visioning is, the air would pass a hundred or so coils with circulated cold water all the time. I understand I need to also consider humidity dropping and cycle that out. Keep in mind, I'm not talking about passing air over a wet pad. I'm leaning toward passing air over cold coils that might be as deep as 3 feet. I really would like some detailed opinions. I'll email drawing if I have to.  Best regards.  Chris - Macon Ga.

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Painting metal; steampunk

Hey guys, I've never really done any crafts so im not sure how to go about doing this so i figured id bring it up here. I know i'm 8 months early but I wanted to get started now, on a project for halloween. I randomly decided a few weeks ago i was visited by never good "good idea fairy" and i listened when i was told to by a unicycle by my awesome mind. Then I started riding it, realizing that i could probably get pretty decent at it pretty quickly. Then someone talked about halloween and I was thinking about what would be off the wall so i immediately though of the unicycle. Here, my mind went to steampunk, then it went to looking like abe lincoln while riding a unicycle. Then I realized that my boring chrome painted unicycle would hardly look Victorian, and that it would need a facelift. LONG STORY SHORT: My issue is that I would like to spray paint it a brassy colour, and not ruin the unicycle. I just got back from the craft store, where they told me that my idea of wrapping saran wrap tightly around it would not work because the paint would just run off. They suggested wrapping canvas around it, but when they showed me the cost of canvas i let out a faint hearted laugh and said what if i were to wrap it in a paper or construction paper type  material and paint that, but they turned that down because of the appearance it would give.  But again, it is halloween and it wont be all that light out so I dont really see a huge requirement for detail. Is there any way you guys could think of that will not ruin the unicycle?

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(newsletter) Inverted Bookshelf, Vortex Cannon, Face-Casting...

Oct 2, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back!Enter your food hack into the Hungry Scientist Contest and win your choice of a Kitchen Aid mixer, a super nice knife set, or a Le Creuset Enamel Cast Iron Cook Set. Help us with your answers for our Burning Questions and win a cool prize pack!The Forbes Fabergé-Style Egg Contest still needs your eggs! Take an egg (real or fake) and decorate it inside and out in homage to the classic Faberge style. You can win a Sonos music system, and get your egg featured in the Forbes Galleries in New York City!Live near San Francisco or planning a trip? Stop by for one of our build nights and make something cool in our office! October 2: Intro to Chainmail; October 23: Halloween open build night.Upcoming...The DIY Halloween Contest officially launches tomorrow! Enter your costumes, decorations, gizmos, food, and jack-o-lanterns to win some awesome prizes! It's our biggest and best Halloween contest ever! Transmuted Victorian Journal by jktechwriter How to Make Vortex Cannons by Kipkay V10 Vertical Axis wind Turbine by faroun How to Pan For Gold by mdavis19 Vote for your favorites now! Show us your eggs! Make Limoncello by tellumo Sew Your Own Pajama Pants by compwalla Bush Knife with Wood Handle by 42ndOddity Portable Bike Trailer Solar Generator  by veggiecycle Book Binding: BSG Edition by gmjhowe Cast a Face in Plaster by rachel Make Butter by lbailey825 How to Throw a Punch by Isshinryu 10 ways to turn your home into a haunted destination Share your best food hacks! Make "Butterzopf" or Challah by t.rohner Knit Touchpad by Plusea Concrete Lamp by hands_on Inverted Bookshelf by fungus amungus Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

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The Fact Robot

FACT ME! -Hedgehogs can climb trees -The Victorians wore gloves that were so tight it could take as long as 20 minutes to put on one glove. -Mexico City boasts the world's largest taxi fleet with over sixty thousand taxis running every day. -Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months a pair of rats could have over a million descendants -All acts of UK parliament are written on goatskin. -Carrots used to be purple -The word “Taxi” is the only word that is spoken the same and means the same, no matter what language is being spoken -If you drove a car at the average motorway speed straight up you would reach space in under an hour. -The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day. -Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated -The average pillow is 6 years old and 10% of it’s weight is made up of dead skin, mites and mite dung. -The average person over fifty will have spent 5 years waiting in lines -New York City was briefly the U.S. capital from 1789 to 1790. -The sound made by the toadfish when mating underwater is so loud that it can be heard by humans on the shore. -The average man contains enough phosphorous to make 2,200 matches -Because heat expands the metal, the Eiffel Tower always leans away from the sun -It is estimated that at any one time, 0.7% of the world's population is drunk -In 1985, a pregnant woman was falsely accused of shoplifting a basketball -The United States and Canada are the world's largest producers of paper and paper products. -A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first passengers in a hot air balloon -Hippos are upset, their sweat turns red, that sweat also works as a natural sun tan lotion -Annually 17 tons of gold is used to make wedding rings in the United States. -The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan.” There was never a recorded Wendy before. -Some worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food. -The first toilet in a row of toilets in a public bathroom is the least likely to be used, therefore it is the cleanest. -American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class. -38% of Americans eat breakfast everyday. -Adult human bones account for 14% of the body's total weight. -The average speed of a penguin in the water being about 15 miles per hour. -People get taller when they are in space.

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SteamPunk Typewriter Keyboard for PC!!! Handmade please look!!

Check out this eBay auction for the following SteamPunk Typewriter Keyboard!!http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item;=170344004923&ssPageName;=ADME:X:AAQ:US:1123"SteamPunk" Typewriter Keyboard for PCThis is a custom made "Steampunk" Typewriter Keyboard that is fully functional and works with any PC! I hand made this over the course of many weeks of hard and meticulous work, using the guts of a very solid Logitech PC keyboard system which I completely rebuilt over many stages, into this solid, beautiful, and unique piece of antique technological art! Three separate sets of antique Royal glass typewriter keys make up all of the keys besides the handmade brass keys (described below). I can personally guarantee this keyboard is completely unique, and you won't find anything like it out on the market! This new beautiful style of combining the old Victorian look with new high-tech products is becoming very popular from young teens looking to be creative and inspired to rich business CEO's wanting something beautiful to match their office. Think about the all the joy and beauty this would bring to your life (not to mention bragging rights!). Right now is your chance to own a piece or art and history which you can put to use everyday!This keyboards design consists of:Solid glass keys from a three different sets of original antique Royal early 1900's typewriters.Hand and naturally aged copper top and bottom rails.Custom, hand punched, leather backing (perfectly fitted and stretched over the top and seamed underneath).Custom bent steel side brackets (which have been properly welded to the copper rails to make a very solid keyboard).Beautiful antique cloth wire loom covering computer connector.Hand made brass Esc key, F keys (done in roman numerals), Arrows, and nine keys above Arrows (because they didn't make any of these keys on antique typewriters).Brief "Steampunk" HistorySteampunk is a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date.Functionality and BeautyAs I keep strongly pointing out, not only does this piece of techno-art look beautiful, but it also works as beautifully too! All the keys were lubricated then meticulously aligned and ergonomically angled with high strength silicon glue, which will stand up to many years of hard use! Keys that weren't available (such as the F keys and arrows) I custom made from brass which was then clear coated for years of protection.A Brief Fabrication ProcessThis whole keyboard started with an idea in my head one day, and then turned into numbers of sketches and design ideas until I filled my notebook and decided it was time to make it! I started with a high quality Logitech PC keyboard, and gutted it down to the bare parts. Then after trimming all the borders off the top frame I perfectly aligned the key frame back together with now a flat surface. Next I had to hand cut all the key tops off and level them for attachment of the Royal typewriter keys. During this process I custom made the copper/steel rails and side pieces making sure the height and angle was ergonomically correct. Next was the custom punching of the leather backing which was quite difficult to align perfectly, but came out beautifully! Finally the smaller things like the light posts, cloth wire loom, painting and copper aging, and electrical work was done. (P.S. Like I said, this is a very brief summary of the complete process! Many, many steps took place during this fabrication!)Level, Sturdy, and Desk Scratching Friendly!This frame was professionally welded together by a hired welder who meticulously made sure was level and solid. Every detail about this keyboard was thoroughly thought through, down to the hidden padded bases so it won't slide around on your desk or scratch it!You Wont Find Anything Like It!Obviously you can tell by now that this is a very custom piece of art that you have the chance to own and display in your office or home! You can't imagine the beauty of this in real life, pictures just simply do no justice! A few other people have attempted to make such type of typewriter keyboards that consist of the original ugly plastic base and just changed keys.... this keyboard goes above and beyond the bar and you will not be disappointed!Reduced Environmental ImpactAs always, I tried to stay eco-conscious while designing and fabricating this keyboard. It was designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact:High quality polyurethane based Leather alternative (no animals harmed!)Recycled copper pipingOriginal and restored Royal typewriter keys.Highly recyclable parts (although you'll never want to get rid of this!)

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Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day - Dec. 8

This sounds like loads of fun: Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day!Scheduled for December 8, 2007. Just spend the entire day in costume and character, but don't actually explain what you're doing- context, costuming, and behavior are key! Never admit you're a time traveler, and make really, really bad attempts at keeping a low profile.Three options:1) Utopian/cliche future- "If the Future did a documentary of the last fifty years, this is how badly the reenactors would dress." Think Star Trek: TNG or the Time Travelers from Hob. Ever see how the society in Futurama sees the 20th century? Run with it. Your job is to dress with moderately anachronistic clothing and speak in slang from varying decades. Here are some good starters:- Greet people by referring to things that don't yet exist or haven't existed for a long time. Example: "Have you penetrated the atmosphere lately?" "What spectrum will today's broadcast be in?" and "Your king must be a kindly soul!"- Show extreme ignorance in operating regular technology. Pay phones should be a complete mystery (try placing the receiver in odd places). Chuckle knowingly at cell phones. 2) Dystopian Future:- This one offers a little more flexibility. It can be any kind of future from Terminator to Freejack. The important thing to remember is dress like a crazy person with armor. Black spray painted football pads, high tech visors, torn up trenchcoats and maybe even some dirt here or there. Remember, dystopian future travelers are very startled that they've gone back in time. Some starters:- If you go the "prisoner who's escaped the future" try shaving your head and putting a barcode on the back of your neck. Then stagger around and stare at the sky, as if you've never seen it before.- Walk up to random people and say "WHAT YEAR IS THIS?" and when they tell you, get quiet and then say "Then there's still time!" and run off.- Stand in front of a statue (any statue, really), fall to your knees, and yell "NOOOOOOOOO"- Stare at newspaper headlines and look astonished.- Take some trinket with you (it can be anything really), hand it to some stranger, along with a phone number and say "In thirty years dial this number. You'll know what to do after that." Then slip away. 3) The Past:- This one is more for beginners. Basically dress in period clothing (preferably Victorian era) and stagger around amazed at everything. Since the culture's set in place already, you have more of a template to work off of. Some pointers:- Airplanes are terrifying. Also, carry on conversations with televisions for a while.- Discover and become obsessed with one trivial aspect of technology, like automatic grocery doors. Stay there for hours playing with it.- Be generally terrified of people who are dressed immodestly compared to your era. Tattoos and shorts on women are especially scary.

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[newsletter] Light Bulb Lamp, Predicting the Weather, Chocolate Speed of Light...

June 19, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Want to put some insanely cool, lights on your bike? Then enter our Let It Glow! Contest. The prizes are super sweet and blinky, so enter before the contest closes this weekend! RoboGames 2008 is over for this year, but you can still enter our Robot Contest to win a trip to RoboGames 2009! Air fare, hotel, and entry fee are included!Winners have been announced for the Discover Green Science Fair for a Better Planet Contest. See who won, and bookmark some Earth-friendly summer projects! Check out these cool Instructables! DIY Vinyl Wall Art Liven up your apartment, without risking your deposit, by putting up some slick-looking ConTact paper designs to decorate your walls. posted by britsteiner on Jun 17, 2008 How To Measure the Speed of Light... Using Chocolate! Enjoy some gooey warm chocolate and learn some science at the same time! posted by bradpowers on Jun 13, 2008 Building Small Robots: Making One Cubic Inch Micro-Sumo Robots and Smaller With only cubic inch, you'll learn to be efficient in your robotic design. posted by mikey77 on Jun 12, 2008 How to make a piano keyboard Build piano keys from raw materials and make a piano you can truly call your own. posted by threesixesinarow on Jun 19, 2008 Steampunk Style Fan Cool off in neo-Victorian style with a custom built fan. posted by reluctant_paladin on Jun 13, 2008 Steel Centipede Turn that scrap metal and chain into a unique sculpture with nothing more than a welder and a bit of creativity. posted by Mikey D on Jun 15, 2008 LED matrix using shift registers Play with patterns of light and display messages on a custom LED matrix. posted by barney_1 on Jun 15, 2008 Predicting the Weather with Clouds Learn to understand what the sky is trying to tell you. posted by randofo on Jun 12, 2008 Instructables Robot -- Paper Model Print and cut out this template to make a papercraft robot of your very own! posted by =SMART= on Jun 13, 2008 Central Vacuum Retrofit Install a central vacuum system in an existing house to have quieter vacuuming and an external exhaust. posted by a.doovz on Jun 13, 2008 Rock Band Guitar Stand/Drum Support Tidy up your virtual rock star gear and keep your drums steady with this PVC setup. posted by evilbunnee on Jun 12, 2008 Win great books for your travel tips! Closes on June 29! Winners are up! Animating Multi Layered Engravings Take glowing etched acrylic to the next level with animated frames. posted by japala on Jun 18, 2008 10-minute electronic leather band Enhance a leather bracelet with a flashing light that can record and play back patterns. posted by craft-tech on Jun 14, 2008 The Lucid Dream Machine Control of your dreams with the power of flashing lights. posted by guyfrom7up on Jun 18, 2008 SketchUp, Inkscape, and Ponoko Laser Cutting Install this plugin and you'll have a free way to design in 3D and export your files to be laser cut! posted by flightsofideas on Jun 19, 2008 Light Bulb Lamp Put your dead bulbs to use by turning them into stylish oil lamps. Just be sure to put them in a safe place. posted by CYNICALifornia on Jun 14, 2008 Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

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Maker Faire '08 this weekend, May 3-4

The San Mateo Maker Faire is coming up in just a couple of days! The Instructables crew will be there - will you?From the press release:Sebastopol, CA (March 19, 2008) - Last year, over 45,000 people from all across the country (and beyond) came to the Bay Area to celebrate the world's premier event for DIY (Do It Yourself) creativity - Maker Faire! This year, May 3rd and 4th, the event returns to the San Mateo Fairgrounds once again, for what will be the biggest and wildest Maker Faire yet! Put together by Make Magazine and Craft Magazine, Maker Faire celebrates things people create themselves - from electronic gizmos that would make James Bond jealous, to "slow made" foods and homemade clothes that would make Martha Stewart swoon. The event is a non-stop "wow-fest" where surprises and inspiration are as ubiquitous as the festival air."At the surface, Maker Faire is a fun event for people of all ages," explained Event Director Sherry Huss. "But more than just a weekend of creative entertainment, we want people to leave feeling inspired - "that they too can create things, express themselves, and engage the world around them. Our goal is to resuscitate the spirit of American innovation!"Named "Best Special Event" at the 2007 FOLIO FAME Awards, the 2008 Bay Area Maker Faire will put a special emphasis on "Green" living. There will be a huge exhibit featuring Farm Aid's Homegrown Village, a local farmer's market, Swap-O-Rama-Rama's giant used clothing swap, DIY workshops and fashion show, Bazaar Bizarre's crafts fair, a live Prius plug-in car conversion from Bay Area's Calcars.org, and much, much more.Along with the hundreds of Makers displaying their unique creations, specific event highlights from this year's Maker Faire include:Greg Leyh's 19 foot Tesla Towers - live performances dailyWedding Bells! "The Neverwas Haul," a self-propelled 3-story Victorian House, will host the first-ever Maker Faire weddingSaturday Evening Fire Spectacular (extended hours, 6pm - 10pm) - Power Tool Drag Races, Steampunk Spectacular, musical performances, The Flaming Lotus Girls, and moreElectronic Music Fest - an orchestra of musical toys, LIVE bands playing instruments you've never seen before, The Tarantulas Jug Band and much moreThe Life-Sized Mousetrap - a giant re-creation of the popular board gameLUNAR (Livermore Unit of the National Association of Rocketry) will help parents and children build and launch Estes-Cox rocketsThe Electric Giraffe - our huge, 17 foot tall, 1-ton walking robot giraffe will once again patrol the grounds of Maker FaireThe founders of ROBOEXOTICA present the "MindReadingMartiniMaker" and other award-winning cocktail-robotsEducational Robots - robotic demonstrations for two youth robotic competitions: FIRST LEGO League (5th through 8th grades) and FIRST Tech Challenge (7th through 12th grades)"Like Father Like Son" - a local father/son team will be converting a 1967 Honda S90 motorcycle into a state-of-the-art plug-in vehicle"ArtGolf" - the 3-hole artgolf course makes its Bay Area Maker Faire debut. Fore!The Village Blacksmith - new to this year's FaireDiet Coke & Mentos - Las Vegas' famed Bellagio can't match this DIY display - shows both daysThe Institute of the Future Pavilion - what will Maker Faire look like in 2018?Experimental Aviation - The Oshkosh Experimental Aviation Association (eaa.org) will be taking Maker Faire aviation to new heightsCyclecide Pedal Powered Bicycle RodeoMany more headlining activities to be added in the weeks ahead..."This is going to be the biggest and best Maker Faire yet," said Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of Make magazine. "If you want to see the future of American innovation, this is the place to be."The Details:When: Saturday, May 3, 2008 (10am - 10pm) Sunday, May 4, 2008 (11am - 6pm)Where: The San Mateo County Event Center and Fairgrounds 2495 South Delaware Street, San Mateo, CAAdmission: Adults: $25/$20 in advance; Students (13-21): $15/$10 in advance; Youth (4-12): $10/$5 in advance; and children under 4 are freeFor the very latest information and updates, please visit: [www.makerfaire.com]

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