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About sydneystirling

I travel with The Airship Noir
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Thing A Day 28: Crystal Necklace and Last of the Copper Sheeting

Ready to start arranging my copper sheets together and rivet them for my box.  I made this crystal necklace while I was waiting on the last sheets. Here’s to Thing A Day!

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Thing A Day 28: Crystal Necklace and Last of the Copper Sheeting

Ready to start arranging my copper sheets together and rivet them for my box.  I made this crystal necklace while I was waiting on the last sheets. Here’s to Thing A Day!

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Thing A Day 24: More Copper Sheet

My process is pretty simple, just takes time.  Take your copper and clean all the dirt and oils off.  I wear latex gloves when I do this so my skin doesn’t re-deposit oils.  I use a scrubbing pad with a

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Thing A Day 24: More Copper Sheet

My process is pretty simple, just takes time.  Take your copper and clean all the dirt and oils off.  I wear latex gloves when I do this so my skin doesn’t re-deposit oils.  I use a scrubbing pad with a

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Thing A Day 23: More Copper Leaves, More Copper Sheet Patina

A strong hint was issued today about me making more copper leaves.  Therefore, I made three unassigned, unaligned leaves. I also finished another copper sheet for my comic box and started the process on a fourth sheet. I need seven

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Thing A Day 23: More Copper Leaves, More Copper Sheet Patina

A strong hint was issued today about me making more copper leaves.  Therefore, I made three unassigned, unaligned leaves. I also finished another copper sheet for my comic box and started the process on a fourth sheet. I need seven

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Thing A Day 22: Copper Sheet Patina and Pizza

  Another sheet of copper ready to go.  Everything will get a layer of clear coat before I start riveting them together for my box. Also, made pizza – made the dough and the sauce.

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Thing A Day 22: Copper Sheet Patina and Pizza

  Another sheet of copper ready to go.  Everything will get a layer of clear coat before I start riveting them together for my box. Also, made pizza – made the dough and the sauce.

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Thing A Day: Day 20 Copper Sheet Patina and Etch

Etched a Dwarf Cuttle Fish. Working on doing the patina on each sheet of copper I’ll be using for my comic box.  Here’s a before and after example what I’m doing.

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Thing A Day: Day 20 Copper Sheet Patina and Etch

Etched a Dwarf Cuttle Fish. Working on doing the patina on each sheet of copper I’ll be using for my comic box.  Here’s a before and after example what I’m doing.

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Thing A Day: Day 19 Constructing Plywood Box

Here’s the start of my inner plywood skeleton for my box.  Once this is done, it will be encased with copper sheets, have a strap attached and be used to carry around comics when I go to ComiCons in Steampunk.

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Thing A Day: Day 19 Constructing Plywood Box

Here’s the start of my inner plywood skeleton for my box.  Once this is done, it will be encased with copper sheets, have a strap attached and be used to carry around comics when I go to ComiCons in Steampunk.

Thing A Day: Day 18 Phase 1 Plywood Box

No photos at the moment.  Blueprints coming along.  Inner plywood box taking shape.  Tomorrow I should be done with that and then will move to the copper sheeting that will cover the plywood.

Thing A Day: Day 18 Phase 1 Plywood Box

No photos at the moment.  Blueprints coming along.  Inner plywood box taking shape.  Tomorrow I should be done with that and then will move to the copper sheeting that will cover the plywood.

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Thing A Day: Day 16 Working from Blueprints

Plans to build a case to carry comics safely, and in steampunk style, to Conventions.  Here’s my blueprints – there’s going to be a 1/4 inch plywood inner support and a copper exterior.  I’ve been cutting plywood today.

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Thing A Day: Day 16 Working from Blueprints

Plans to build a case to carry comics safely, and in steampunk style, to Conventions.  Here’s my blueprints – there’s going to be a 1/4 inch plywood inner support and a copper exterior.  I’ve been cutting plywood today.

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Thing A Day: Day 15 Peacock Etch

New sketch and etch for today – Peacock with flowers.

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Thing A Day: Day 15 Peacock Etch

New sketch and etch for today – Peacock with flowers.

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Thing A Day: Day 13 More etching

Went over the last two coins I had etched with a black patina – slowly bathing in the solution, rinsing and repeating to build up a solid patina.  Then I went over the etch to make a reversed silver/black contrast.

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Thing A Day: Day 13 More etching

Went over the last two coins I had etched with a black patina – slowly bathing in the solution, rinsing and repeating to build up a solid patina.  Then I went over the etch to make a reversed silver/black contrast.

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Thing A Day: Day 14 Top Secret Super Dark Chocolate Mousse

Made with 72% and 82% Dark Chocolate chocolate bars.  Since I whipped the egg whites by hand (really need to invest in some electric gadgetry – GoodWill shopping!) this totally counts as my Thing today!

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Thing A Day: Day 14 Top Secret Super Dark Chocolate Mousse

Made with 72% and 82% Dark Chocolate chocolate bars.  Since I whipped the egg whites by hand (really need to invest in some electric gadgetry – GoodWill shopping!) this totally counts as my Thing today!

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Thing A Day: Belated Day 8 Copper Coin Etch Dirigible

Originally posted on House Dirigible:
My second attempt at small etching.  This one is an attempt at a dirigible and since I fly with The Airship Noir, I dedicated this etch to the Noir.

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Thing A Day: Belated Day 8 Copper Coin Etch Dirigible

Originally posted on House Dirigible:
My second attempt at small etching.  This one is an attempt at a dirigible and since I fly with The Airship Noir, I dedicated this etch to the Noir.

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Thing A Day: Belated Day 7 Copper Coin Etching

Originally posted on House Dirigible:
Ocean waves.  First time I’ve tried small etchings.

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Thing A Day: Belated Day 7 Copper Coin Etching

Originally posted on House Dirigible:
Ocean waves.  First time I’ve tried small etchings.

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Thing A Day: bleated Day 6 More Copper Leaves

Originally posted on House Dirigible:
  It’s been a long few days, so I’m just now catching up on my postings!  I made more leaves for Day 6.

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Thing A Day: bleated Day 6 More Copper Leaves

Originally posted on House Dirigible:
  It’s been a long few days, so I’m just now catching up on my postings!  I made more leaves for Day 6.

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Thing A Day 5: Copper and Tin Gorget

  Took an antique tin lampshade, trimmed off pieces I decided I didn’t want, hammered, sniped, hand filed.  Then took a sheet of copper I had patinaed with salt and vinegar, cut out the shape of what I had for

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Thing A Day 5: Copper and Tin Gorget

  Took an antique tin lampshade, trimmed off pieces I decided I didn’t want, hammered, sniped, hand filed.  Then took a sheet of copper I had patinaed with salt and vinegar, cut out the shape of what I had for

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Thing A Day 4: Copper Holder for Pocket Watches

  Built plywood skeleton, riveted copper sheets together, pasted cloth to interior (bottom and sides), formed copper to skeleton, shaped sides to fit snugly, rubbed Inca Gold and African Bronze wax onto surface for more depth (waited 10 minutes and

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Thing A Day 4: Copper Holder for Pocket Watches

  Built plywood skeleton, riveted copper sheets together, pasted cloth to interior (bottom and sides), formed copper to skeleton, shaped sides to fit snugly, rubbed Inca Gold and African Bronze wax onto surface for more depth (waited 10 minutes and

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Thing A Day 3: Metal Leaves

Folded metal sheeting, cut shapes, hammered to desired form, flamed, unfolded, shaped, riveted. Now hanging on wall.

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Thing A Day 3: Metal Leaves

Folded metal sheeting, cut shapes, hammered to desired form, flamed, unfolded, shaped, riveted. Now hanging on wall.

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Thing A Day 2: Steampunk Goggles

Strips of brass, cleaned, gear pattern drawn and etched, patinaed with flame, metal folded for 8-sided goggles – one inch overlap for stability.  Sides add additional stability when worn.   Mesh folded, sniped, shaped, and formed.  Sides curled to prevent

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Thing A Day 2: Steampunk Goggles

Strips of brass, cleaned, gear pattern drawn and etched, patinaed with flame, metal folded for 8-sided goggles – one inch overlap for stability.  Sides add additional stability when worn.   Mesh folded, sniped, shaped, and formed.  Sides curled to prevent

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Thing A Day 2014: Day 1

Took a sheet of copper, a smaller sheet of brass, patinaed the copper with layer after layer of solution to build the colors and a solid patina, folded my copper, then folded, torched and hammered the brass, hole punched everything,

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Thing A Day 2014: Day 1

Took a sheet of copper, a smaller sheet of brass, patinaed the copper with layer after layer of solution to build the colors and a solid patina, folded my copper, then folded, torched and hammered the brass, hole punched everything,