Whew, it's finally finished. In the pic, you can see the initial design rendering, and the saber itself once I built it. My wife actually helped design it, and all the building and wiring was done by myself. The blade is beautiful when lit, and these pics don't do it much justice.
Anyway, there's no photoshopping done on these pics.
This is a photograph of some of the gear for my steampunk skypirate, Vincent Mycroft Dantes, Esq., Captain of the H.M.S. Amaranth.
My Hephaestus Steam Cannon in its holster with the Aether gauge for my generator backpack (not shown). I made the Cannon by bolting a bunch of brass lamp parts to the grip of a Colt .45 Griswold replica. Machining all of the pieces to fit and assembling the whole contraption was a full day of work.
I threw in the Lady Hellfire pistol, which belongs to my good friend Mr. Cookus of Promethium Metalworks, because I had room on the couch and it is supremely awesome.
this is my finished gun. it started as a nerf firefly. i took the gun apart, made some internal modifications, painted EVERYTHING and put it all back together.
*this pic was taken a few days after halloween. originally, it had many glow sticks in each fuel cell. unfortunately, they all died and i did not have enough to refill them for these pics. trust me, they looked even better for the big night.
UPDATE: this item has been sold! i have received a lot of interest in my guns, as of late and i am very thankful for all the feedback. if you are interested in purchasing a custom modification (gun or otherwise) let me know! no request will go unconsidered!
A Mantis made completely of watch parts. The body is made with stems, spring bars, and a balance stem. Legs are made with watch stems. Front legs contain cut brass gears as grippers. Head is an escapement holder that has been bent to accept the eyes, which are winding stems ends that have been sanded down. The wings are made of watch faces that have been cut and bent into wing shapes.
Spider No 21 was made with recycled watch parts and an automotive light bulb.
In order to create the legs, forty-eight watch stems must be cut in different sizes to simulate the organic appearance of real spiders’ legs, which vary in size and shape between species. Each of these segments is carefully arranged into a leg and soldered at the joints with lead free, silver bearing solder. Each side of four legs is then soldered together at the base, forming what looks like a claw.
To make the body of the spider, two very small watch plates are soldered together with watch stem posts, forming a sort of chassis for the eyes and bulb to rest in. The eyes are made by layering and soldering together various stems and watch strap springs. An automotive light bulb is very carefully removed from its metal base and soldered to the body chassis by its lead wires. A “cap” of another watch plate forms the top of the spider. This spider has two “antennae” of watch stems.
After the body is made, the leg assemblies are carefully arranged and attached by soldering. The legs and body are then manipulated in order to make the spider stand properly. All joints are then resoldered for added stiffness.
Spider No 21 measures 40mm wide by 46mm front to back by 28mm tall.
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