So I love to seek out cool stuff. It is becoming more and more of a passion as my mixed media addiction evolves at an alarming rate. It is probably not a coincidence that my dad is an antique dealer and organizes estate sales.
Well today I was working in my Charlotte office. On the way into work I noticed a large sale. Of course I had to run over there at lunch. I made two purchases. I got this old typewriter (for three dollars!) as well as an very large printers tray (boy does it need cleaning).
I could not wait to get home to start taking this guy apart. I have to say, it was way more work, and way harder than I would have imagined. My hands are aching for sure. It was so worth it though. I not have a ton of cool typewriter junque to make neato steampunky stuff with.
The keys are going to be great, they are not glass ones, but they are cool nonetheless. The carriage I will probably keep mostly intact. The metal "ruler" for margins is awesome. I think the key arms and the stamp arms will be able to be used for something, I have a creepy project in mind. The tops of the ribbon holder will make good pieces as well. There are a few gears, brackets and other objects I intend to incorporate into some steampunk projects. I did not get it all the way apart yet. I still have a little way to go, but I am almost there.
Speaking of steampunk, I was hopping around the blogiverse and stumbled upon a giveaway for a book that looks really cool. It is over at Aileen's blog, she is giving away a copy of 1000 Steampunk Creations. I am hopeful to win a copy so I can be inspired to use some of my new junque.