Bring It On, Fleamarket!

Posted by admin on August 2nd, 2014 filed in Steampunk

A Steampunk engineer needs some tools in his or her belt. Alas most of my tools look too modern. But trust the local fleamarket to provide a nice assortment of rusty scrap metal and steampunkish bulbs.
steampunk-wrench-gauge-relais
I wonder who else buys rusty tools, and what for? Do people maybe sacrifice unwanted tools as anode in electrolysis to remove rust from more valuable other tools? A man next to me even bought a wonky hammer for 50 cents, and he didn’t look like he was making a steampunk costume. *shrug*

I was also looking for a glass tube or test tube as an ingredient for a Tesla gun. Then I saw these light bulbs and fuses… and a light bulb appeared over my head: Soon, there will be nothing for sale but energy-saving halogen lights; lightbulbs will go the way of the dodo and the phone booth… Which makes them totally retro, and therefor Steampunk… right?
Steampunk-lightbulbs-fuses-glow
One of these bulbs even has the brandname Tesla on it! :-) My Tesla-gun plan is a bit on the back-burner, though, since the next Maker Faire I want to attend requires a plane trip, and airlines don’t allow toy guns (which is a pity, but understandable).

The tube with the whitish liquid is glow-in-the-dark paint from a crafts store. Can’t have non-glowing lightbulbs in the Tesla gun, can we? :-)

Today’s last Steampunk item was not from the fleamarket, but from a stationary store: An architect’s or cartographer’s drawing compass. The plan is to display it together with a dip pen and the wrenches/spanners in my engineer’s tool belt.
Zirkel-compass
Heyyy compass, U sexay! ;-)

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