Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Armaments for the Dark Future Ahead

I haven't posted as much the last few weeks because I was waiting for something that still hasn't happened. I am kinda in the dark about the whole thing and nobody has yet answered my emails.

I also added a third tale to my repertoire of the type that begins with, "First of all, I don't drink... at all. Can't stand the taste of alcohol." But then is instantly followed by the opening, "Okay, so I was drunk..." During all that, I managed to loose both my bracelets. Well, not loose them, they both broke.

Lance Armstrong braceletJust the other night my Lance Armstrong: LiveSTRONG bracelet broke. I bought it from the website when they first went up prior to them being in stores. I actually bought a pack of 10 and handed them out to friends and I think I still have another one from that batch but it with my stuff being shipped back from Australia. I got the LiveSTRONG Oakley sunglasses, but I am still going to need my bracelet for the upcoming Tour de France.

Prior to that my metal, kinda Celtic, dragon bracelet finally broke in two. Sorry, no pictures as I lost my camera during my trip to Brazil and related traveling awhile back. I bought the dragon bracelet back in 1994 at GenCon when it was still being held in Milwaukee. I remember there was another booth there with some really cool chess sets. My problem with them was that they all had identical pieces on both sides, just colored different. I tried to get the lady to sell me a set with pieces from two different sets, but she wouldn't go for it.

Anyway, the bracelet was actually the bane of several women that I've dated over the years and I would sometimes bonk them on the back of the head with it when putting my arm around them or something. But it was very unique and it got a lot of compliments. The bracelet had a makers inscription on the inside, but it was mostly worn away and all that was readable was that it was copyright 1994. After about an hour of searching online for it or one like it I gave up, but I did find some other stuff that I want.
Spectrostatic Nocturnium BraceletI've always like the look of stuff from the Steam Punk, 1800's Space/Adventure, and Mystical Alchemy genres. Things that have that magical and/or retro brass-fitted fantasy look to them. Some Japanese anime has that look and feel, taking place in a retro-fitted history. Anyway, these pieces from Alchemy Gothic really caught my eye:

Spectrostatic Nocturnium Bracelet
Or, "Moonlight Destiny" Early scientific instrumental band for controlling moonlight wavelength emulations. A fascinating adjustable cuff bracelet etched with alchemical intricacies, Latin text, and mysterious English notations in antiqued pewter and solid brass. Cuff is ¾" wide.

Induction RingInduction Ring
In pewter and solid brass, an authentic reproduction of Dr. Von Rosenstein's indispensable key to the induction matrix. A beautiful rendition of an ancient gothic pattern which may, or may not, mean more than it seems.
Nothing more than a popular tale of “Frankenstein”, Maximillian Von Rosenstein is a legacy from the devout servants of the Pandectes Philosopiae and accredited by his clandestine lover, Mary Shelly.

I don't think I could wear either of the following two necklaces as I think they would come off being a little too feminine. (Pictures of them on a female model can be found here.)

Quantum Displacer Control NecklaceQuantum Displacer Control Necklace
An essential piece of equipment for any self-respecting, Victorian cyber-junkie, and the means by which they would calibrate the necessary compensation for entropic shift in matter when enabling transposition.

Laboratory Chaterlaine
A flamboyant and flouncing bijouterie comprising an assortment of retro hi-tech components for the femme technique.

But what I would like to do is to get both of them, take them apart and then make a necklace out of them by weaving the pieces and some of the different styles of the chain into a several loops of a thin black leather.

They have a Steam Punk wrist watch too, but I would rather stick to a pocket watch. My current one is a miniature, brass Mickey Mouse pocket watch that an ex-girlfriend bought me years ago. Actually, I had two of them prior to her buying me this one, lost one to the washing machine and then just plain lost the second one. Haven't seen them in the stores since, so I am trying to take careful of this final one.

Anyway, I can't really afford to buy any of this stuff till all the job related stuff sorts it self out or I take up armed robbery... Or hey, maybe cat-burglary! Less bullets and more ninja-like skills!


Kristina said...

Why do you keep letting me give you alcohol if you don't like it silly! (oh, Sorry I got you drunk. Course, when I say "what do you want to drink, "soda" would be a good answer instead of "whatever" :)) That's it, I'm feeding you soda now!

Cap'n John's Blog said...

A good Jeweler should be able to repair your Celtic bracelet for you.

Joseph B. Hewitt IV said...

My grandfather was an art restorer after he retired for being an artist... or something like that.

Anyway, I know a little about what would go into fixing the bracelet, basically an ugly weld, way to much working filing it down and even more work blending it in with the design, and then painting it to match.

Not really worth it for something I paid maybe $20 bucks for at a convention 15 years ago.

And it would probably break again, as it is way too flexible and the stuff weld would give. I think it was cast pewter with some softer metal core.

...also, I already threw it away.

Way back when I took a picture of my girlfriend at the time wearing it. Its a close up of her hand and wrist. The ends of the torc were dragon heads that appeared to be biting into your wrist when you wore it. I mixed up some fake blood and applied it so that it looks like the blood is dripping down her arm from the dragon's mouths. Unfortunately, I think that picture was in the portfolio case that she took when we broke up, because it was filled with pictures of "her" friends I used as models. I didn't notice it was missing for months and by then it was too late.

Anyway, time for new stuff. A new g/f would be nice too.

FAPORT International said...

I see the stuff you posted here, and i think your selection is pretty amazing, and your problem is solved by a jeweler...