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re-purposing old stuff for new creative uses

Post by lemur » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:56 pm

i had a pretty big geek out moment when i noticed this.. forgive me

but i noticed in star trek voyager in the background, a dial that looked familiar to me... It is the dial on the enlarger timer in my darkroom.... probably from around the 1950s or so.. being used on a ship in 2377 (i looked it up) .....is this what 'steampunk' will be in the 24th century??!

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....for some reason this type of re-purposing made me think of burning man creations and i figured that, even while a shameful moment of trek geekery, that some might be inspired.... or something


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Post by Sham » Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:59 am

Re-purposing has been my biggest inspiration for most of my creative projects over the years.
Prior to eBay, flea markets were much more plentiful, and people would bring truckloads of odd items from homes, warehouses, offices, factories etc.
When I found a really unusual item, I would buy it and make something new and differant from it. Motors, lights, pumps and switches were just some of the fun things I would start with.

Telephones were usually the starting point of my re-purposing creations, and I worked hard to keep the phones working after they were re-worked.

I ended up making hundreds of projects like these. Here is a tiny corner of my stuff.
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Post by neon tetra » Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:54 am

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Post by tamarakay » Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:05 am

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that is seriously cool
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Post by FIGJAM » Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:15 am

Thier Mike Reynolds Earth Ships!

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Post by ygmir » Thu Dec 30, 2010 6:48 am

there is/was a very cool example of that, at "Thunder Mountain" between Winnemucca and Lovelock .
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Post by FIGJAM » Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:41 am

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... 443547063#

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Post by ygmir » Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:02 am

if you start now, in 20 years, you could say:
"I started this 20 years ago".......
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Post by Bounce530 » Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:49 am

A few years back I saw some sci-fi show where the walls of 'the ship' were made from plastic post office pallets. Post office pallets are pretty unique so it's easy to spot them. I wondered if the producers ever got called on using gov. property in their show.
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Post by oneeyeddick » Thu Dec 30, 2010 11:08 am

I am shure the plant that makes those pallets is not owned by the post office or the government.
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Post by Savannah » Thu Dec 30, 2010 11:38 am

There's some pieces of the Star Trek Enterprise's bridge (including Kirk's chair) from the original television show in Seattle's Sci Fi Museum inside the EMP (Experience Music Project). It was really neat to see how humble and recognizable some of the buttons and switches were. (I've seen beautiful steampunk costumes at Comicon that are more intricate.) I don't mean to slag the originals at all, but we're virtually all capable of the same daring if we just have the courage to get started.

Speaking of which, I'm looking forward to taking a pair of desert goggles over to a friend's house and experimenting on them with some "Rub & Buff" craft paint (for starters).

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Post by Elderberry » Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:49 pm

Shambala wrote:Re-purposing has been my biggest inspiration for most of my creative projects over the years.
Prior to eBay, flea markets were much more plentiful, and people would bring truckloads of odd items from homes, warehouses, offices, factories etc.
When I found a really unusual item, I would buy it and make something new and differant from it. Motors, lights, pumps and switches were just some of the fun things I would start with.

Telephones were usually the starting point of my re-purposing creations, and I worked hard to keep the phones working after they were re-worked.

I ended up making hundreds of projects like these. Here is a tiny corner of my stuff.
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That's a great picture--both of you and of your stuff. (although, as I don't recall ever meeting you, I have nothing to compare the picture to however.)

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Post by Bounce530 » Thu Dec 30, 2010 2:16 pm

oneeyeddick wrote:I am shure the plant that makes those pallets is not owned by the post office or the government.
you're right. They are made by Caddilac Products, inc. Not gov or PO owned, but they are of very specific design just for the PO.
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Post by tamarakay » Thu Dec 30, 2010 2:50 pm

Shambala wrote:Re-purposing has been my biggest inspiration for most of my creative projects over the years.
Prior to eBay, flea markets were much more plentiful, and people would bring truckloads of odd items from homes, warehouses, offices, factories etc.
When I found a really unusual item, I would buy it and make something new and differant from it. Motors, lights, pumps and switches were just some of the fun things I would start with.

Telephones were usually the starting point of my re-purposing creations, and I worked hard to keep the phones working after they were re-worked.

I ended up making hundreds of projects like these. Here is a tiny corner of my stuff.
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what a cutie! love the stuff too.
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Post by moonrise » Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:46 pm

I have an old, black, 1970's phone Sham...I wonder if I can sell it for much?
Looks like you know vintage phones, duh! (I'll try to send a pic)

I have a duplex, the storage areas are crammed with interesting junk, this spring I'm gonna have a yard sale, it'll generate a few bucks, I hope.
(I blew it off to plan for BM, 2010, lmfao b/c now there's a TTITD keeper pile also!)

Does anyone know where the donation place for burning man in Reno will be next spring? (Gerlach is too far) I plan to donate whatever doesn't sell and is useful for BM, the rest can go to Goodwill. (I hope you're OK w/a Goodwill plug AntiM)

Also, the households and estates up in Tahoe literally give this stuff away, especially on Sundays. Anyone cruising the lake, you might want to try to check the yard sales out. (I can't stop but I'm gonna be much more selective)
Piles of useful building materials, weird odds and ends, mention burning man and often they know or learn when explained and give it away in the name of art.
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Post by Sham » Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:30 pm

Moonrise, I have more phones than I know what to do with for the rest of my life. The 70s phones are still plentiful at yard sales, so they're not worth much more than $5.00 now. Hang on to it and the value will go up.

JK, I met you at the M&G in 2009 and we chatted for a while. One of us didn't show up in 2010, so we didn't talk then.

Tamara, you're making me blush. Go on---really, go on! :D

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Post by Sham » Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:31 pm

ooops, double post and I can't think of anything clever to write!

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Post by Elderberry » Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:37 pm

Shambala wrote:Moonrise, I have more phones than I know what to do with for the rest of my life. The 70s phones are still plentiful at yard sales, so they're not worth much more than $5.00 now. Hang on to it and the value will go up.

JK, I met you at the M&G in 2009 and we chatted for a while. One of us didn't show up in 2010, so we didn't talk then.

Tamara, you're making me blush. Go on---really, go on! :D
I was there in 2010...so it must have been you that didn't show up. :( Well, hopefully we will renew acquaintances in 2011.

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Post by Sham » Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:05 pm

jkisha wrote:
Shambala wrote:Moonrise, I have more phones than I know what to do with for the rest of my life. The 70s phones are still plentiful at yard sales, so they're not worth much more than $5.00 now. Hang on to it and the value will go up.

JK, I met you at the M&G in 2009 and we chatted for a while. One of us didn't show up in 2010, so we didn't talk then.

Tamara, you're making me blush. Go on---really, go on! :D
I was there in 2010...so it must have been you that didn't show up. :( Well, hopefully we will renew acquaintances in 2011.

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Post by ygmir » Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:53 pm

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jkisha wrote:
Shambala wrote:Moonrise, I have more phones than I know what to do with for the rest of my life. The 70s phones are still plentiful at yard sales, so they're not worth much more than $5.00 now. Hang on to it and the value will go up.

JK, I met you at the M&G in 2009 and we chatted for a while. One of us didn't show up in 2010, so we didn't talk then.

Tamara, you're making me blush. Go on---really, go on! :D
I was there in 2010...so it must have been you that didn't show up. :( Well, hopefully we will renew acquaintances in 2011.

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Post by Sham » Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:13 am

I guess an apology should be in order, but it's so much fun poking you with a stick while you're curled up. I thought that was part of the performance art, and we were all supposed to be calling you names.

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Post by Eric » Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:18 am

Geez, y'alls sound evil. I'm glad I skipped the meet 'n greet this year.

I might have to skip it again next year so my delicate self doesn't get injured.
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Post by Sham » Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:29 am

Eric wrote:Geez, y'alls sound evil. I'm glad I skipped the meet 'n greet this year.

I might have to skip it again next year so my delicate self doesn't get injured.
It won't work Eric, we will find you and "bring" you there, where you will be forced to drink two-buck chuck and mingle.

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Post by moonrise » Fri Dec 31, 2010 2:48 am

ouch, $5.00 for an old, 70's phone, no wonder it was a freebie, LOL
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Post by Zhust » Fri Dec 31, 2010 5:29 am

Whenever I see one of those plastic signs that someone jammed into a lawn to fleece someone looking for a used car, I think, "FREE GATORBOARD!1!!"

I want to do a test to see if you glue two pieces 90° rotated if you can make it relatively strong. I might be using that to make shipping crates a.k.a. shelters for next year.
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Post by ygmir » Fri Dec 31, 2010 6:02 am

Eric wrote:Geez, y'alls sound evil. I'm glad I skipped the meet 'n greet this year.

I might have to skip it again next year so my delicate self doesn't get injured.
*scratching head*

yeah, but...........who.......uh...weren't you the handso....dang.

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