Finds: Brass Lanterns

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Found this pair of brass lanterns on my way to work yesterday – I used the old "shoelace tie" trick to carry them with me on my bike. It absolutely kills me how many of these I have in my collection – close to 20 now, I think.  Invariably

Mini Dremel Table Saw for Cutting Solar Cells

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I've been making solar powered lanterns to hang in the tress on our property. I just love the idea of capturing light during the day with solar cells and batteries and then releasing it at night to create a fairy tale ambiance. Unfortunaeately most of the commercial solar powered

Hallowe’en 2008

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This year’s theme was The Wizard of Oz.  I hacked up a rear projection TV that I got off of Craigslist to be the Great and Powerful Oz.  The original intent was to use the then working TV to present the image from a camera.  Unfortunately, the moment I

Halloween Decorations 2006

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Well, we haven't done a Steampunk Hallowe'en yet – maybe next year.  This year's the theme is "Pirates" of course.  It's a big year for Pirates. This is Geoffrey, he's a version of the Phantasmechanics Flying Crank Ghost .  Click to view the movie. There's a bit more tweaking to

Kerosene Lamp and Lantern Workshop

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Making and Repairing Kerosene Lamps: Wall Sconce Table Lamp Mae West Lamp Angle Lamp Repair Putting an electrified Angle Lamp back "in oil" Swing-arm Lamp     When I was about 14 I purchased a brass boatman's lantern at a narrow boat chandlery in Nantwich England while on a