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« Reply #50 on: January 24, 2013 06:35:42 PM »

Well said, Wulf.
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« Reply #51 on: January 25, 2013 10:05:05 AM »

I agree with Wulf. I live in small town Minnesota (hi neighbor!). I find almost all of my supplies at the thrift store or auctions. Auctions can be intimidating the first time you go in, but if you observe a few, you get the hang of it. Most of the time, I get a box of supplies for $1-$2.

Also, don't underestimate Craftster! I've gotten some harder to find supplies (gears and watch parts, for example) in swaps. In fact, I'm in the Givers and Needers swap right now. There'll probably be another round of this or something similar soon.
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« Reply #52 on: January 25, 2013 02:45:21 PM »

Well, started making my first thing and messed it up. But I have a second identical _____ in my stash! So, I can start over, and maybe use the first one to try things out on. Still  brainstorming ideas on what else to make.
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« Reply #53 on: January 25, 2013 04:24:04 PM »

I've been to lots of auctions with my dad, but I've never considered buying any of the stuff in boxes, thanks! I suppose farm auctions would be good for old parts, too Tongue

Bookstorebabe, you're such a tease  Grin I'm excited to find out what _____ is.

In other news, I'm off to the local odds and ends shop tomorrow. it's called Trash & Treasures. I've gotten some great world war II era documents there, and I hope they'll have some good steampunk stuff to take apart.
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« Reply #54 on: January 25, 2013 04:41:53 PM »

I think you're already on the right track, L&L. And those boxed lots at auctions are great - lots of people overlook them. Also, the fun of unpacking that box you've just bought is a lot like opening a swap package. But be warned, they're addictive; I've had to give up auctions entirely because I just don't have room for more stuff. (Hence the urgent need to de-stash.) Craftsunderground is right - Good Steampunk materials are often bulky and hard to store efficiently.

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« Reply #55 on: January 26, 2013 12:56:26 PM »

Have any of you ever played that computer game MYST?  Looking at steampunk stuff sometimes makes me want to play it.  And also to build Rube Goldberg devices.
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« Reply #56 on: January 26, 2013 04:50:06 PM »

So there's this recycled hardware store in town, and I found some great stuff there...but I'm also torn between stuff I want to make and stuff I can afford to ship Sad  Steampunk can get heavy.  I also wish I had welding equipment and was an electrician...
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« Reply #57 on: January 26, 2013 06:08:05 PM »

Thanks for all your input, you guys. I'll definitely be looking at boxes of junk with new eyes Smiley

I visited Trash & Treasures today. It was highly successful. I got some _____ and a really cool _____. They have great vintage stuff there on the cheap. There you go, bookstorebabe, a teaser for you too Tongue

I also visited Hobby Lobby and spent way more cash than I want to admit on imitation gears and clock parts. Sometimes I have to just shut my eyes and pretend to subtract about $10 from my total when I go there.
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« Reply #58 on: January 26, 2013 07:29:42 PM »

Sometimes I have to just shut my eyes and pretend to subtract about $10 from my total when I go there.
I'm afraid this may not be a sustainable long-term strategy. Wink

And you're so right about Steampunk stuff being heavy, Dustryfro. For a matchbox swap a couple of years ago I used a lot of metal bits as embellishment and was shocked at how much the tiny thing ended up weighing. I'm glad you reminded us of this - I hadn't kept that in mind as I've been brainstorming, and I realize now a couple of my ideas wouldn't be very postally viable. Sad

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« Reply #59 on: January 27, 2013 05:02:09 AM »

hey guys. just realized i haven't even said hi yet even though I'm in this swap.
so...hello there.
i am 3 crafts down and soon to be working on the next. When i get an idea in my head i don't stop till its done.
at one point while out shopping for bits and bobs i had to stop myself cause in know i would go waaay over budget. Its exciting though. So many ideas!

anyways. cant wait to see the gallery and see what everyone else crafted.

 
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