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Gianni Fanelli: Dream of iron

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From Social Design Zine in Italy comes this article about sculptor and metalworker Gianni Fanelli.  It appears to be a review of the artist’s recent show and the reviewer clearly liked what they saw – at least that’s sure what it looks like to me viewing the Google translated

Tim See’s Steampunk Ceramics

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Tim See is an exhibitor in this year’s Smithsonia Crafts Show and he has chosen to produce a series of works in the Steampunk style. Pictured is the Teacup Presevation System and an as yet un-named Steampunk air conditioner is in the works. You can see more on Tim’s

Geissler Tubes

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Geissler tubes were made primarily at the end of the 19th century and into the 20th as curiosities. They came in a great variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. From Wikipedia: Geissler tubes were mass produced from the 1880s as entertainment devices, with various spherical chambers and decorative serpentine

Captured Lightning Scuplture – Lichtenberg Figures

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Stoneridge Engineering creates these Lichtenberg figures by using a particle accelerator to create a charge cloud inside of a highly insulating block of acrylic and then discharging that cloud by poking it with what is essential a nail in a board connected to ground.  This grounding probe causes the

Spanish Steampunk!

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From the workshop of Gonzalo Álvarez comes these wonderful clocks and furniture! Gonzalo lives and works on the island of Tenerife.  He is a maker of fanciful clocks and furniture as well as, it seems, special effects – but my Spanish is non-existent so I cannot be sure. I

Whitechapel Ltd.

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No, not that Whitechapel! Whitechapel Ltd. is a supplier of an incredible variety of brass hardware, findings, and finials.  They have just about anything you can imagine that is cast from brass. Prices range from a few dollars each for the feet I used on the Victorian all-in-one to

Fairy Magic Lantern

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I have been terribly remiss in not publishing this earlier! It came to me when I was very busy and I lost the original message somewhere in the bowels of gmail.  Fortunately, I came across it today and vowed to post immediately! My apologies to the artist for this

Ira Sherman’s mechanical sculptures: yes sir, may I have another?

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Entombed in an ancient Geocities site, Ira Sherman’s mechanized sculpture (Google-cache) is unsettling in a very seductive way. It’s as if medieval doctors were transported to some futuristic-sounding year (what is that year, now that we live in 2009?), given free reign to unwilling subjects and a metal shop.

Laguna Playhouse Presents: Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days

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  Laura from the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA. wrote to tell me about their performance of Jules Vernes’s Around the World in 80 Days: Adapted by Mark Brown from the classic novel by science fiction pioneer Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days follows the tale

Stonybrook Fine Arts- DIY space in Boston

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I’ve been chillaxing for awhile now in Boston. It’s very unusual that I stay in a place for more than 3 nights, and I’ve been here 3 weeks. The reason for my extended stay is Stonybrook Fine Arts, a bad-ass DIY space, classroom, metal shop. This is exactly the