Social media has me elsewhere … Time to get back to posting stuff here. Just finished doing Maker Faire so every tired & happily recharged with ideas.
So I decided to join a singing group this year for the holidays … The Old World Carolers !! Delving into your non standard songs to help bring out the pagan in all of us (at least it brings out mine). What easieir way to freak yourself out than to sing in public while not really knowing what you are doing. But as practices continue and things are shaping up & sounding nice the stress level declines …
So on with a show!! Here is a flyer for the December 3rd concert held in Sebastopol, Ca. We will also be singing at the Dickens Faire (held in the Cow Palace – San Fransisco area) on Sunday, December 18th.
Every year the folks over at Warm Glass websitewww.warmglass.com host an exchange called the ‘Magless’ Swap. The idea is this: 100 artists make 100 small glass tiles (thinks frig magnet size) and send them in (without magnets – magless) to a coordinator who sorts them and sends back 100 different maglesses to each glass artists. Then we all talk about the pieces to each other and find out how each person did their pieces.
I have participated in this swap over the past few years and it is such a kick to see what people create. This year I create tiki /african mask themed faces.
I did this as a Maker demo for the Steampunk Exhibition. It is a nice way to quickly cut the tops or bottoms (or anywhere in between) off of glass bottles – preferably recycled glass bottles. I used it to show how to make Apothocary Jars out of Grey Goose vodka bottles, goggle eyepieces from jug wine tops, tubes from wine bottles to incorporate into a sidearm prop, and an ‘occularium’ to view your insects, etc from your expeditions.
The demo is based on this video created by the Corning Museum of Glass.
Last weekend I attended the 2010 Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Emeryville, Ca. I was given an opportunity to be one of their Makers for 2 sessions in their programming lineup. Saturday was the Kinetics & Engineering session and Sunday was Casting with silicon, resins, etc. Since I am primarily a Glass Craftsman I focused on some things you could do with glass in order to use it in a SP themed prop or costume. I’ll post the details on the sessions later.
Overall I had quite a bit of fun. Dropped in on Friday long enough to scope out the vendors in the Traders Concourse and while I did not stay for the entire Ball later that evening I did catch the performance of the Brass Farthings (fine chaps singing fine drinking songs). The Grand March started the ball and it was a good chance to see the fine threads of apparel and swarmy pith helmets.
It was nice to see people getting into the spirit of the event. The outfits were fairly well thought out and covered the wide spectrum from Western styled Martian Bounty Hunters to Safari Explorers (with aforementioned Pith). The bustles and corsets were nicely coupled with the tophats and bowlers and an occasional latex gas mask mixed it up a bit. There was even a visit from a White Rabbit with carrot laden armbands to give the society types a reason to lift their eyebrow (well hidden behind the brass monacle of course).
Saturday after my Maker session I took in the mechanized machines they had in their outdoor area. In the small world scheme of things I met another Maker (Kimric Smythe) that had been in a Junkyard Wars episode as an opponent to another friend of mine (Sean Dynes). I believe Kimric was at this con with some Stirling engines he had built. Another gent, Vaughn, had his Stirlings there also.
Sunday morning was too soon since the Savings Time jumped the clocks ahead. My morning session on casting was kind of a blur but I was able to introduce some people to the concept of using glass powders in molds to cast jewelry and decor items. …. more on Sunday … finish manana
If to use something is useful then to reuse something makes you reuseful, correct?
I just scored a Hammond M-3 off of Craigslist for the whopping sum of $0. I love freebies. Time to clean it up & take some photos. Nice working mechanics – all oiled & clean.