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lilbandade
« on: February 05, 2008 05:52:36 PM »

One of my resolution for this year is to finally start a zine.
i have been wanting to start one for a little over a year now but everytime i get going something happens that completely throws me off track.
Well NOT anymore.
i bought this book called Stolen Sharpie Revolution. it is a zine on how to make a zine and it suggests using a typewriter for the actual zine. I thought this was a nifty idea.
But me, being the "thats mine back off" kind of girl that i am just could not stand to use my mother's old ugly blue typewriter. i took a visit to the local thrift store. it was my lucky day. They had about 8-10 electric typewriters for $2 each. I just could not pass that up.
I picked the best one, called it my own, and paid $2.20. It was rather ugly though (all of them were. poor dears) and with it being ugly i decided i wouldn't use an eyesore much.
That is where my resolution and challenge entry comes in.
I decided that by making it beautiful i would leave it out and then feel guilty for not using it therefore causing me to finally get my zine career underway.

I now present my new (well... kind of) beautiful typewriter.

look at that beast. its HUGE!

Closeups of finished bits.

the bottom. Mod Podged pages from a 1937 encyclopedia.


The side. Mod Podged encyclopedia again. plus black spraypaint.


close up of finished letter keys. just spray painted black. rubber stanmed with purpleish fabric paint. and sealed


Random plastic bit next to keyboard that i stamped a spaceship on... because i can.


the tab set, tab clear, left margin, and right margin buttons. they have sealife stamps on them. A Fish, Shrimp, Octopus, and Starfish. You can't really see the middle two becuase of flash.

MAKING OF pictures.
first the insides so you all know i was hardcore and took it apart. and an individual piece






Button Test Paint.


In the final steps.




Hope you all enjoyed it.
and good luck on your resolutions everyone.
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2008 06:07:27 PM »

dang, that's sweet! the keyboard is so exciting!
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2008 07:26:43 PM »

Whoa, if i didn't love my laptop so much, I would decorate mine too! Awesome job. Writing zines will be much more fun on something as spiffy-looking as that. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2008 07:36:53 PM »

That's so awesome!
I want a typewriter
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2008 11:42:14 PM »

awesome resolution! and awesome job!

stolen sharpie is a great resource.  alex poured her heart into that and she's been perfecting it since i first moved to portland like 5 years ago and i helped her staple inserts in while i was living in her basement....hehe...sorry, i am rambling...it's just good to see it inspiring people. Smiley

i've been making zines for about 8 or 9 years now and i have to say that typewriters become a crazy addition.  i buy them a lot...i own 3 and that's only because i gave away a few other ones i had before i moved to my new apartment. 

yay for new zinesters!  pm me if you wanna talk zines or have questions.  hope we can trade when your done! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2008 02:13:32 PM »

I've always wanted to write a zine, but never got the motivation.

Next time I go to the thrift store I'm going to keep my eyes out for typewriters I can make pretty. Having one of those would sure get me going.

Thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2008 02:38:40 PM »

Very nice! Good luck with the zine. Not that you need it with the zine machine! It's a great idea because I always found that after a while of typewriter-writing my fingers start cramping because of the extra-convex key design (with mine anyway). This is brillant.
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