Steampunk Jewlery

I used to be a big time steampunk enthusiast, ever since I was young I had a fascination with the style, ofcourse I didn’t have a name for it until about freshmen year of high school in 2005. I haven’t been big on it anymore, but here is some jewlery I made from old clock parts and bits of brass.

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Whiplash Costume for PCC 2009

So this is part of my backlog series of posts of past projects but this is older than the rest. Around the summer of 2009 I went to my first real comic book convention, Phoenix Comic Con. Being friends with so many die hard cosplayers and myself being a Maker, I was compelled to put together a costume in time for the convention, thing is, I only had about three days to finish up.

So with that time limit, I grabbed whatever I could from wherever and hacked together this hideous cosplay that still got a lot of attention and praise much to my bafflement (probably not a real word). As far as I had researched on the internet, at the time there was no working light up whiplash cosplay out there, so I’d be the first (META HIPSTER CRED). I found a workers jumpsuit at a thrift shop and some rope lights for the whips. I used a power inverter for a car battery, used a car charge port with a wire lead to a lead acid battery to power it since the rope lights required wall outlet power. It worked out pretty decently, the metal rings for the arms were just hose clamps. I made a sorry attempt at sewing leather to fabric and just parts from a back pack for straps. The arc reactor was superbly easy. Bought an LED lamp from ACE hardware that had a pcb ring with LEDs. Popped that into this metal tray which I got from the plumbing section. So clearly this thing was as hacked together as it gets and┬ádefinitely┬áthe least well done of my projects, but again it was a 3 day hack.

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Laser Cut Projects

As a member at HeatSync Labs and a student at ASU I have access to multiple laser cutters. At HeatSync we have an Exlas with a great working platform of 127in x 47 in.

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Light Based Projects

I’ve toyed around with different light based projects.
EL wire was probably the most fun and easiest since it was pretty much plug and play. I had a scrap circular piece of acrylic that I drilled some holes into with my Dremel Press and looped the wire in to create the symbol of the Order of The Unified Heart.
Another project here is the lighting system I did for the ASU Emerge display I helped with. Its an xbee controlled network of LED multicolored strips bought from Adafruit. It was coded to take commands from a MaxMSP program written by another project member. Every xbee takes a large string of data which contains LED settings for each of the 3 xbee nodes connected to LED strips, so one line can set all 3 separately.

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Adventure Companion

So awhile back I was in a class called AME394 Building Digital Physical Systems with Daragh Byrne.
My partners, Spencer Nelson and Janelle Hinesley. Our final project was to prototype/design an interactive device that pertains to travel. The Adventure Companion is essentially a digital reminder to stop and smell the roses. The 3 symbols on the faceplate indicate Go for a walk, take a picture, or leave your mark. Its 3D printed to look like a friendly animal character as to assist in getting the user to familiarize with the product.

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Leatherwork

I’ve dabbled in traditional work and a lot of lasercut leather.

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3D Printing

I personally own a Makerbot Thing-O-Matic , unfortunately bought only 2 months before the release of the Replicator model, but it has taught me quite a bit about 3D printing technologies by constantly having to hack it. At our hackerspace HeatSync Labs www.heatsynclabs.org we have an Ultimaker so any of the PLA printed objects in this gallery are done on that machine while all the ABS prints were on the Makerbot.

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