Door Boxes: A Face I’d Sail For, but One Ship Short of a Trojan War

Tulsa doorbox

Tulsa doorbox

Tulsa Doorbox Open

Tulsa Doorbox Open

Floyd's doorbox, front

Floyd’s doorbox, front

Floyd's Doorbox, from an angle

Floyd’s Doorbox, from an angle

Floyd's Doorbox, Open

Floyd’s Doorbox, Open

Floyd's Doorbox, bent metal brackets as hooks

Floyd’s Doorbox, bent metal brackets as hooks

Sarah's Doorbox, closed

Sarah’s Doorbox, closed

Sarah's Doorbox, open

Sarah’s Doorbox, open

Jordan's Doorbox (I forgot to take a picture of it closed)

Jordan’s Doorbox (I forgot to take a picture of it closed)

Ivan's Musical Doorbox, closed

Ivan’s Musical Doorbox, closed

Ivan's Musical Doorbox, open

Ivan’s Musical Doorbox, open

 

Post Apocalyptic Jewelry, Chapter 3: She Wore the Bones of Long Forgotten Machines

Earrings made from dead watch batteries

Earrings made from dead watch batteries

So many keys to so many diaries... jingle jangle, jingle jangle

So many keys to so many diaries… jingle jangle, jingle jangle

earrings made from the internal liners of a swiss army knife

earrings made from the internal liners of a swiss army knife

an earring for every task.  If MacGuyver were a chick, he'd be all over these.

an earring for every task. If MacGuyver were a chick, he’d be all over these.

made from the inner liner of a swiss army knife, the leather punch from that same knife, a locking nut, and an old Oklahoma sales tax token

made from the inner liner of a swiss army knife, the leather punch from that same knife, a locking nut, and an old Oklahoma sales tax token

pendant made from the locking mechanisms from a swiss army knife

pendant made from the locking mechanisms from a swiss army knife

a plain metal keychain, a dime, and a few broach backings

a plain metal keychain, a dime, and a few broach backings

the hollowed out shell of a key chain LED light, a locking nut, an antique Tulsa transit token, and a diary key

the hollowed out shell of a key chain LED light, a locking nut, an antique Tulsa transit token, and a diary key

Simplest one to date: a penny, a keyring, and a locking nut.

Simplest one to date: a penny, a keyring, and a locking nut.

Post Apocalyptic Jewelry, Round 2: One Man’s Junk…

Made from an aluminum cube with jewel lights inserted in five faces, and a ring-bolt in the sixth. Need a mobile companion?

Made from an aluminum cube with jewel lights inserted in five faces, and a ring-bolt in the sixth. Need a mobile companion?

Metal rings... that's... about all there is to it, actually.

Metal rings… that’s… about all there is to it, actually.

$1.41 - cheap bling for the belly dancer in your life.

$1.41 – cheap bling for the belly dancer in your life.

A metal buckle, a rusty washer, and an antique laundromat token from my hometown of Muskogee. Represent.

A metal buckle, a rusty washer, and an antique laundromat token from my hometown of Muskogee. Represent.

Two gears and a diary key.

Two gears and a diary key.

The wheel from a hand mixer, the flip cover from an outdoor electrical socket, and an old key.

The wheel from a hand mixer, the flip cover from an outdoor electrical socket, and an old key.

A pin-on broach made from a brass desktop microphone base, a jewel light, and a wire mesh dome...cover...thingy...?

A pin-on broach made from a brass desktop microphone base, a jewel light, and a wire mesh dome…cover…thingy…?

Gearrings

Gearrings

The Gearrings, modeled by my beautiful assistant, Charlotte.

The Gearrings, modeled by my beautiful assistant, Charlotte.

 

Various earrings made from pennies.  Cheap. Easy. Lucky.

Various earrings made from pennies. Cheap. Easy. Lucky.

Trunk to Night Stand Conversion: Organize The Junk in Your Trunk

A friend of mine recently told me that she didn’t have room for a great old trunk that was given to her by her grandmother.  It was falling apart at the seams, and became a disorganized repository for junk that wouldn’t fit anywhere else in her apartment.

I decided to convert it into a more practical and useful piece of furniture: a rolling, vertical night stand.

I added six casters (four under the main body and two under the lid to keep it from falling over when you open the lid).  I added an industrial handle.  I reinforced all the seams inside by epoxying in L-brackets.  I used silicon glue to attach vinyl mesh pockets to the inside of the lid, and I cut shelves from old plywood, mounted them into the box on L-brackets and then sealed the edges with caulk.  It still needs to be painted, but here it is so far.  An easy project with a pretty cool result.

Post-Apocalyptic Junk Jewelry: In the Jewel-Eye of the Beholder

At first glance, you might mistake this for Steampunk jewelry, but let me be clear – this is not steampunk, it’s post-apocalyptic.  Sure, they both use dark metals (brass, copper, etc), and they both reimagine technology as obtuse, heavy, and durable.  The difference is that steampunk is historically anachronistic and focuses on clean, polished metals, clockwork, and form over function.  Post-apocalyptic jewelry is, I would say, more industrial, and isn’t confined by the limitations of an imaginary time or place.  Post-apocalyptic jewelry is literally rusty old junk cobbled together by whatever means possible into something that one might consider decorating themselves with.

Thanks to Skreep’s proclivity for collecting cool junk at the scrapyard and bringing it to me, and my inability to sit and watch TV without also doing something with my hands, I can now add “post-apocalyptic jeweler” to my survival compound resume.

Mjolnir: made from a brass T-junction, three red jewel lights, a copper ring, and some copper chain.

Radio Tube Pendant: made from a radio tube set in a copper base with an aluminum cap and brass chain.

Pressure Valve Monkey: made from a pressure valve, two amber jewel lights, a red jewel light, and brass chain.

Key Pendant: made with an old key, a gear shaped cigar ring, a single amber earring, and brass chain (the lovely model is my friend Lisa).

Door Boxes: Wearing the Footprints of a Wicked Muse

like a phoenix, rising from the trashes

This particular door box began as a comparatively conservative door box, built specifically for a girl I was very excited about at the time.  Our relationship lasted for three months, and upon visiting her house to pick up some of my things on the front porch, I walked past her open dumpster and saw my door box, soaked with rain, sitting among the trash.

I picked him up, took him home, dried him out, and then went to work turning him into the most abstract and expressive door box I have yet built.  The process and the box’s final appearance were extremely cathartic.  He boasts 143 pennies to reflect the wicked muse’s light brown eyes, and the number of letters in the phrase “I love you”.

After his transformation, I sent him on a one-way trip to France.  He deserved it.