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Old 07-12-2007, 05:49 PM   #1
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Steampunking my reader

step one. Blue isn't very steampunk.


I always think i can get more done than i actually do. But i did manage to get 2 coats of copper paint on it. theres still lots of detail i need to fill in and its a bit unslightly in this in between stage. But after i'm done with the copper i'm going to tarnish the copper a bit. Add fake rivets. and from there i'll see what else i can do. Theres a lot of steampunk stuff that i'm not willing to do just because i don't want to change the form factor of the reader.

updated pics as i progress.
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Old 07-12-2007, 06:19 PM   #2
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It's looking cool so far, Dr. Drib, I'm interested in seeing how it ends up.
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Hey, You Mean Cpt. Tim, I think!

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It's looking cool so far, Dr. Drib, I'm interested in seeing how it ends up.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:36 PM   #4
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That's a BART ticket, isn't it? Are you from the Bay Area? I guess the Bay Area is the place to do this kind of thing. Looks good to me.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:54 PM   #5
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Ok, I never thought of doing this, but I have to admit that it looks very cool so far!
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Old 07-13-2007, 12:47 AM   #7
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That's a BART ticket, isn't it? Are you from the Bay Area? I guess the Bay Area is the place to do this kind of thing. Looks good to me.
At times the DC Metro tickets look the same. (We copied their ticket system.)
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Old 07-13-2007, 04:01 AM   #8
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Hope that it doesn't go wrong and you have to send it back to Sony. They might be a little reluctant to repair such a, er, "customised", Reader .

BTW, what on Earth does "steampunking" mean? It's a word I've never come across before, and my "Concise Oxford Dictionary" seems never to have heard of it either.
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Old 07-13-2007, 09:44 AM   #9
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Luckily for you the top is made of metal. The paint solvents might have fragilized a plastic case. Did you properly sand the surface before paint? Otherwise it won't hold.

Personally I find the difference between the copper and the gray of the screen annoying. I would have gone with a tarnished nickel instead. Rivet heads will look pretty neat indeed! You should have glued them on before paint.
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Old 07-13-2007, 10:38 AM   #10
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Steampunk comes from cyberpunk. Think of end of 19th century with steam driven computers, robots etc.
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The riveted look of a steam engine driven machine perhaps? That suggests an evolution from the Gothic to a more techno based movement.
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Heh, you have to look in Wikipedia for that sort of info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk

The Sci-Fi channel's tech blog has an interesting collection of steampunked devices.

The keyboard done up with typewriter keys is really something.
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Fascinating. Thank you .
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Old 07-13-2007, 11:24 AM   #14
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Hey! I have rich clients with Victorian type houses who complain that their office doesn't fit in. That computer paraphernalia is just the ticket!

I used to hide stuff in furniture designs, those objects are beautiful and would fit right in!

I also like the concept that technostuff can be hand made. That usually is my big beef with society as a whole. No place for craftmanship as a need.
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Old 07-13-2007, 12:05 PM   #15
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This is too cool! Maybe you should contact some company in China to see if they can after-market some of your case designs for easy DIY case replacements in this same mold? Take a look at the whole PSP, XBox, PS2, PC case-modding scene and you'll see there's definitely a market for it.

I like your design a lot, looks awesome!!!
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