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Copper bush.

A slim bushie style blade perhaps a take on a full tang’d Puukko in 4mm 01 tool steel etched in ferric with a hint of copper .

Scales are Bocote (Mexican Rosewood ) over copper clad G-10 liners with copper and brass Loveless bolts and copper lanyard tube .

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Steam pumped

I have many hours in this piece - and I’m very happy with the finished piece. Many of the items I make have an underlying theme of duality. Black/white, day/night, nature/nurture - I’m especially interested the last one because I’m adopted. I wanted it to look like the crystals are being pushed like a sparkling hydraulic pump moving through the brass heart. The crystals also remind me of coal and diamonds - very different yet both carbon. It is a large statement piece for a steampunk costume or an intriguing inclusion on contemporary fashion.

So it’s seen I’ve put it on a short length of vintage brass woven cord at just under choker level. I can alter the length - just let me know.  US$185 + $7 shipping in my Etsy store here.

Sarah O'Bannon

Coffins used to be built with holes in them, attached to six feet of copper tubing and a bell. The tubing would allow air for victims buried under the mistaken impression they were dead. In a certain small town, Harold, the local gravedigger, upon hearing a bell one night, went to go see if it was children pretending to be spirits. Sometimes it was also the wind. This time, it wasn’t either. A voice from below begged and pleaded to be unburied.

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The Sadowsky / Prince Connection


“I was brought in just as they were beginning rehearsals for the Purple Rain tour and personally delivered every guitar to Minneapolis.

First, I made two copies of his Hohner Tele as Hohner had discontinued the guitar at that time.

Second, I made two more Hohner copies that ejaculated! In the Purple Rain movie, there is a scene where he climbs to the top of a huge mountain of speakers, grabs a guitar and masturbates the neck until the guitar ejaculates onto the audience. The guitar was a prop and connected to a tank of Ivory Liquid off stage. Prince wanted a fully playable guitar that could also ejaculate. I ran copper tubing along the side of the truss rod and it terminated at the tip of the headstock. On the body side, it terminated in a compartment we routed in the back so they could install their solenoid valve that connected to the tank of Ivory Liquid. I called these two guitars the Ejacucasters!

The final two were two differnent T-style guitars, both purple with flowers.”

Dim the lights, nuke some Pop Secret, and prime yourself for the epic (and overdue) reunion of the S.T.A.R. Labs team. Parental discretion advised.

 The set-up: It had been lonely these past six months. Like, Titanic-soundtrack-on-repeat, lonely. Caitlin had buried herself in work at Mercury Labs, Barry was Lone Rangering it up, and I was stuck spending Friday nights at Zumba with my mom and her friends from the Historical Preservation Society (Mrs. Martinez, you got the moves like Jagger, girl!). So now that the band is officially back together (and better than ever!), it only seemed appropriate that we do a little celebrating. Or a lot of celebrating…

Cut to: A south side dive bar. Karaoke night. Anyone else think it’s totally unfair that Barry can run faster than the speed of light and has the voice of an angel? I was feeling all the feels and bawling like a baby when he belted out Neil Diamond - then again, I was on my third Blue Hawaiian, so my inhibitions were already more or less abandoned. It was Caitlin’s earsplitting rendition of “Wrecking Ball” that sobered me up enough to realize we needed to peace out before we were thrown out… 

We stopped at a Big Belly to fill up on greasy goodness before hitting the next joint, which ended up being a Hells Angels hotspot. Fun fact: big, beefy bikers don’t like it when you hop on their ride and begin reenacting the epic chase scene from The Matrix Reloaded. Oops. I was seconds away from being taco meat at the hands of a Marlon Brando-wannabe when my boy Barry stepped in and proposed a challenge: a drink off - he who is left standing gets to decide my fate. Check it: Mr. Brando sauntered up to the bar, thinking he’d demolish Barry after three shots. But little did he know about Barry’s secret weapon: a lightening-fast metabolism. He could chug the entire liquor cabinet of a well-endowed frat and feel nada. 

Eleven shots apiece later and the giant was felled! We booked it outta there (fully intact!) and took refuge in S.T.A.R. Labs, where Caitlin used some copper refrigerator tubing to make some nasty cortex cocktail that tasted like rocket fuel. And for future reference: the acoustics in the pipeline are dope. We cranked some tunes (Cisco Disco, baby!) and Zumba-ed the night away.

I’m home now, praying to the porcelain god that my suffering will soon be brought to and end. It kinda feels like there’s a horned beetle chewing its way through my amygdala, but I wouldn’t trade last night for anything.

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[26-03-2017]
recap: on friday my friends, an exchange student, and myself accidentally exploded a test tube of copper oxide and carbon during chemistry. no one got seriously hurt which is the important thing, but it made for some fascinating snapchats. and later that day i spent some more time with one of my best friends and his cat was precious and a highlight of my week.
(ft. my french work from tonight)

Okay, confession time! I have an embarrassingly large and ever-expanding collection of sculpting tools, most of which I don’t use all that often. Ironically, the tools I’ve made myself are the ones that help me the most with detail work. To make them, I use guitar string of various gauges and metal tubing (copper, brass, or aluminum). It even turns out that the nickel-wrapped string works well to make tiny rake tools for smoothing. Just cut the tubing to size, shape your guitar string and cut it, leaving about ¼" to ½" of length to fit into the tubing, fit it into the tubing and crimp the end of the tubing shut with pliers until the guitar string is immobile in the tubing. Hope that make sense!

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Candy Stripe .

A rustic file boot dagger Ive been working on .

Old Sheffield made file with contoured bone linen micarta  scales over orange and black laminate G-10 as liners with copper tubes .

Unfortunately I rounded the tip a bit during the stone-wash process as but it the wrong way in the tumbler and its gained some scratch’s from sharpening .

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A PLAGUE OF WIZARDS

LONDON IS OVERRUN WITH A PLAGUE. NOT A PLAGUE OF PLAGUE OR A PLAGUE OF RATS OR FROGS OR WHICHEVER BULLSHIT ANIMALS MOST PLAGUES ARE MADE OF, BUT A PLAGUE OF EVIL WIZARDS. THEY’RE CALLED THE CORANIEID, AND THEY STAND AROUND IN BIG-ASS BLACK CLOAKS LOOKING THREATENING. ALSO THEY CAN HEAR EVERY SINGLE WORD ANYONE SAYS, SO THEY LISTEN TO EVERYONE’S SECRETS AND USE THEM TO FUCK SHIT UP. ONCE AGAIN, KING LUDD IS FED UP WITH THIS STUPID BULLSHIT AND SETS OUT TO BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF THE CORANIEID.

LLUDD PHONES UP HIS WIZARD BROTHER LLEFELYS ON THEIR SPECIAL COPPER SPEAKING TUBE SO THAT THE CORANIEID CAN’T HEAR THEIR PLOTS, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE PHONE LINE IS CLOGGED WITH EVIL DEMONS. LLUDD POURS A BOTTLE OF WINE INTO THE PHONE, AND THE DEMONS GET WASHED OUT OF THE OTHER END, LEAVING LLEFELYS WITH A PILE OF WET, WINE-STAINED DEMONS TO DEAL WITH. 

ONCE HE’S SWEPT UP THE DEMONS AND CLEANED THE FLOOR, LLEFELY TELLS LLUDD WHAT TO DO. THE CORANIEID ARE IMMUNE TO NORMAL WEAPONS, WHICH IS A PRETTY FUCKING MASSIVE PROBLEM. FORTUNATELY, THOUGH, THEY HAVE ONE WEAKNESS. BEES.

LLUDD GRINDS UP HUNDREDS OF FUCKING BEES AND SPRAYS THE CORANIEID WITH BEE JUICE, AT WHICH POINT THEY DIE AN AGONISING MELTY BEE DEATH. IT’S FUCKING HORRIBLE, BUT AT LEAST LONDON ISN’T PLAGUED WITH EVIL WIZARDS ANY MORE.

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So I hand-built a Light-Saber for my brother as his Christmas gift this year

Using scrap aluminum tubing from a friend of mine, black acrylic wash, Spray-sealant and adhesive, Junked electrical parts, washers, a shattered spark-plug, copper tubing, brass hardware, LED casing, custom nuts and bolts, and a LOT of Dremel work.

I tried to create a hybrid of Rahm Kota’s leather-wrapped saber, and Starkiller’s saber from the Force Unleashed series.

So yeah. I make stuff sometimes.

[FUN FACT: THIS IS WHAT I WAS WORKING ON WHEN I POSTED MY “WORKING ON ART” SELFIE]

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Kiri Kiri 1 .

The first of 2 recent Kirinite Kiridashi in a  recycled hybrid Japanese steam / cyber punk style  .

Old high carbon saw blade steel which was etched and stonewashed .

Stonewashed Krinite glow scales over carved double copper clad G-10 computer board liners with copper tubes .

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N08 Modification

A UK customer recently requested a modified n08 Opinel similar in style to one I had done last year .

The blade tip was re profiled carefully into a bull-nose style and was then etched and stonewashed .

The beechwood handle was thinned on the sides then sculpted with a dremel tool and a copper lanyard tube added . It was then dyed black with leather dye before being rubbed back with wire wool for an aged effect . 

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