Chrononaut Mercantile

Steampunk Festival March 17, 2010 18:22

Saturday, May 1st, 2010 at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation - 10:00am to 4:00pm.

steampunk festival logoChrononaut Mercantile is excited to join many other talented vendors and artists at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation. Jules Verne meets modern technology during this daylong festival at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation at 154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453. Enjoys hands on activities, interactive exhibits, vendors, live music and more at this event celebrating everything steampunk!

Learn more about who will be there on their Facebook page.

About the making of steampunk guns January 9, 2010 10:21 1 Comment

Interview with Mr. Artimis Lebeau McPhearson about the making of steampunk guns.
Two Steampunk Guns
I wait for my muse to speak to me, often it is in places like Toys-R-Us or while surfing E-bay looking at replica fire-arms. Once I see something I think can be used to start as a modification I buy it and bring it to my underground workshop (basement), and start to draw up plans, have a cup of coffee, maybe a sandwich.

Usually I will start to place pieces of PVC pipe and use that as a base start of how the gun will look. Once I have a solid idea of what I want, it becomes a game of "find the missing pieces" which usually involves several trips to the local Goodwills, Salvation armies and consignment shops, as well as back to Toys-R-Us, Walmart, Target, Dicks Sporting Goods, Sports Authority and Taco Bell.

Once most pieces have been found, the original gun will be taken apart. I then decide if the gun worked in some way (airsoft, nerf) if it will remain working or be made static. The gun will then be cleaned, lightly sanded and primed. Once dry the pieces are separated into piles of various color paints to be used on them and the paint job continues, as do trips to various aforementioned places... Burger King might be added to the list. I also clear coat the painted pieces as a final step.

Any parts to be added will also go through the take apart, clean, sanded, primed and painted routine. Once all the painting has been done, then comes the building, or the "how the H$ll will I get all of this stuff to look like I want it to" process. I get creative in ways of how to make parts fit together, using things in ways that they were never meant to be used.

Once the final assembly is completed - all parts are put together, added on, stuck together, combined as required - I touch up any areas of paint that need it, clear coat the final product, and pictures are taken for my own records of what it is I just built, how I built it, and possibly why I built it. At this time I am finally free to come back to the surface world (i.e. out of my basement workshop) and rejoin the human race.

Artimis Lebeau McPhearsonArtimis Lebeau McPhearson

Next interview - War Hammers

Flea Market Adventures December 15, 2009 14:04

There is little we enjoy more than digging through piles of really old stuff, talking to the picturesque vendors (and believe me, you haven't experienced picturesque until you try backwoods Maine), and generally making trouble among the flintlock pistols and farm implements.

Our latest installation of trouble-making brought us these old tintype photos:

Tintype Three

A tintype (or melainotype or ferrotype) is a photograph made creating a direct positive on a sheet of iron metal that is blackened by painting or enameling.

Tintype One

These ladies are especially lovely. (I am going to look like them when I grow up). We found these courtesy of Gerry Maxim, whose booth can be found on Saturdays and Sundays at Fort Andross, a beautifully restored textile mill on the Androscoggin River in Brunswick Maine. Look for new Neo-Victorian, pseudo-Piratical and faux-Fae inspirations as we interpret all of our new loot.

Just Because - Chenille Macabre November 23, 2009 18:24

Xenichthys Gaming Figure

Our friend Gil is an artist when it comes to creating tiny monsters. Check out his etsy page.

The lost city of Atlantis was populated by scientists and scholars who also happened to be evil man-eating fish. Now this Xenichthys horribilis has been discovered and incarcerated- is he merely the last of the Atlanteans, or will he usher in a new war between the surface world and the sea...?

The Xenichthys Gaming Figure stands 2.5" (6.35 cm) high at the shoulder and measures approximately 6" (15.24 cm) long. His body is built from chenille stems, and his head and arms are removable to display damage from AMPUTHEATRE combat. The Xenichthys' fins are cut from funfoam, and his lower fangs are painted carpet tacks. His angler lure and lateral scales glow in the dark, and he is quite poseable!

PLEASE NOTE: Xenichthys is not a game in his own right; you will need the AMPUTHEATRE Rulebook and board in order to play (coming soon).

Patent 2005, 2009. AMPUTHEATRE, The World's Goriest Board Game, Xenichthys and their likenesses are Copyright 2009 by Gil Merritt. All rights reserved.

Hammer Shield November 11, 2009 16:12

We remain in love with these artfully modded nerf-guns made by our friend Mike at Hammer & Shield.  Hopefully they (and other weapons of destruction) will be appearing soon at Chrononaut Mercantile. We can think of some people who really need some high-powered accessories.