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Steampunked Utensils Answered

I am taking a class for 2 weeks up in Maine (Haystack Mountain School, Boris Bally will be teaching) where we will be will be using the eating ends of spoons, forks and knives to create new utensils with new handles. I would love to steam punk some of my "new" utensils. Over the years I have collected a huge amount of weird stuff that might work so if you suggest it I may actually have it. We will be using cold connections and soldering so anything goes. Any ideas are most appreciated.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

10 years ago

How about wrapping a handle in narrow copper piping?

Or use a long bolt, covered in nuts?


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Ninzerbean
Ninzerbean

Reply 10 years ago

 I have the copper tubing ready but was wondering how to embellish it - the idea of the long bolt with nuts is great - is that enough though? Should Steampunky things be attached to the nuts? Such as?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Alternate nuts and loops of tube?

Use brass if possible.

Ideally, you need a large pressure-gauge sticking out of the end of the handle...

Your challenge is to combine genre and usability - whatever you do to the handles must also be comfortable enough to use.


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Ninzerbean
Ninzerbean

Reply 10 years ago

This is all the stuff I made - I loved your idea about the gauge and hope you can find it in the photo.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Oooo, you make me long for my old forge and 'smithy tools again....*sigh*

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Ninzerbean
Ninzerbean

Reply 10 years ago

 I actually have gages too! I had not thought to use them. Great ideas, thank you.

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Sequimania
Sequimania

10 years ago

How about gears to use as the business end of a spork-like utensil?  They could make great salad tongs.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 10 years ago

Oooo, steampunked electric knife for Thanksgiving turkey!

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Ninzerbean
Ninzerbean

Reply 10 years ago

 Do it! That utensil lends itself so well to the idea of it being steampunked. 

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Ninzerbean
Ninzerbean

Reply 10 years ago

 Now which end is the business end? Oh you mean to make the spork thing itself out of gears.... good idea but not for this particular class, I will file that idea for when I get home though. Thank you.

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RavingMadStudios
RavingMadStudios

10 years ago

For some reason, I keep getting this image of a ball-and-claw table leg, only smaller and with a glowing vacuum tube instead of the ball. Neither of those things is right for steampunk proper, but I can't shake the image....

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Ninzerbean
Ninzerbean

Reply 10 years ago

 That reminds me to bring my old marbles - great suggestion, thanks!

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 10 years ago

Hopefully, you don't lose any of your marbles.

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Ninzerbean
Ninzerbean

Reply 10 years ago

 Too late

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zascecs
zascecs

10 years ago

 Use something hot to melt some of the metal, such as a flaming torch, and fuse it with some random metal junk such as nails or screws. Also, add some sort of chain, such as the type gangsters wear.
...Maybe that's not exactly the steam-punk you're thinking of...

...I dunno what you'd think, but that seems pretty good to me...

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Ninzerbean
Ninzerbean

Reply 10 years ago

 Chain... what a great idea, I have some ball chain that is for key rings, I will bring that, thank you! I was going to bring some big thick chain to make some totally useless -tensils that you can't really eat with because the chain is the handle, but of course I could alway solder the links to be stuck together.

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zascecs
zascecs

Reply 10 years ago

No problem. 

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Ninzerbean
Ninzerbean

Reply 10 years ago

 I know, that ible has been on my mind as I gather stuff to take to Maine, I keep thinking that what I make will probably tend to be ergonomic as well as really cool. I guess an ible will come of this, but I still need more ideas.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 10 years ago

Don't forget mother-of-pearl inlays and fine wood with filigree carvings all strapped together with iron bands and brass tacks.  And the crystal knob ends.

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Ninzerbean
Ninzerbean

Reply 10 years ago

 Brass tacks I have in my to-go pile but iron bands - that is a great idea too, thank you!

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lemonie
lemonie

10 years ago

Soldering won't work. Brazing or welding is what you need.

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Ninzerbean
Ninzerbean

Reply 10 years ago

Well we have all sorts of oxy accetaline torches at our disposal at the school and everything that is also available in the iron studio for big time annealing and such, (sorry for the spelling errors). I didn't mean with a soldering iron if that is what you mean. I have my own oxy torch in my studio too.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 10 years ago

Could you post a picture of you and the flaming-torch?

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Ninzerbean
Ninzerbean

Reply 10 years ago

 I'm in the middle of making an ible for Columbian hot dogs - crushed potato chips, pink sauce, marmalade, bacon, I can't go crank up the torch just for a photo, can you use your imagination?

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 10 years ago

OK, imagination it is...

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