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1  Re: 1964 Sitting Room==>1864 Steampunk Chair in CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES by adreanaline on: June 05, 2008 12:03:35 PM
Thanks  Grin

Actually the gears are angled in such a way that it shouldn't dig into people's backs. That just leaves the wires to be a bother.  We usually sit (plop) in the chair crosswise so the covered back cushion should help.  Grin

The closeup:
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2  1964 Sitting Room==>1864 Steampunk Chair in CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES by adreanaline on: June 05, 2008 02:28:46 AM
(I went and sold my digital camera and used the funds for my first reupholstery [and Craftster!] project.  Hope the webcam pics are ok.  Grin)

It was quite an adventure with this chair.  It came as part of a twin set from my great-aunt's sitting room.  She was an interior decorator during the 1960's and had this sitting room where NO ONE was EVER supposed to go, especially us younguns.  When she passed away, in we went.  The chairs came to us through my mother, and they succumbed to me and my wonderful kids.  I am still picking up foam bits from the cushion off the floor. Tongue

Anyhow, when I tore down this chair I found an actual ticket from the maker with all the details of its "birth."  That's how we know it was built in 1964 (order date 16 May 1964).  I may do something with the ticket soon.

So, here's the goodies!

BEFORE: This is how the chair looked after I recovered somewhat from 40+ years of dust.

AFTER: This is how the chair looked like some time after I stepped barefoot on the hot glue gun at 3am.

Progress pics:

The early pictures are all on a disposable camera - I then realized the webcam could do about the same job for free. Sigh.

After covering the inside armrests with a nice green curtain-y fabric.  Think Scarlett O'Hara's dress in GWTW, only much more prettier.  The bottom is a textured pleather, it reminds me of leather clothing used in, well, steampunk! Cheesy

The boat keeled over in order to put in sheer black striped fabric on the sides. The "new" bottom cushion is actually an Indian-style elephant pillow that my grandma gave me a while ago.

Waiting for the backing -- I put in the same fabric I  used in the armrests in the spot at bottom.  If I'm able to before the deadline I'll post that picture too.

*EDIT* Here's the completed backing - the top was glued into place and the bottom stapled.

This took me about 2 weeks to do.  Most of it was waiting to get the tools needed. I used a hand-powered staple gun and hot glue to get the fabric on.  Instead of buying tacking strips I cut up some cereal boxes so some edges are nice and clean.  Lots of the stuff that went into this project was recycled - I spent about $20 on the fabric and $50 on the new tools. A girl's gotta have a staple and glue gun handy!

Details of the finished project:

A wee bit closer now.

Close enough for ya? Wink  The black gears are actually the chain rings from a discarded bike.  The large gears are heavyweight bristol board sprayed silver.  What's hard to see is that the black gears show some nice worn texture from mountain-biking.  Notice the pleather strips up the sides? They go all the way down the back too. I also cut up pleather squares to cover the nail and ugly sticker-covered metal that holds in the squiggly support wires.

Fabric details! Num num.

*EDIT* Here's the closeup of the gears, showing some of the details previously missed:

I'm hoping to cover the original little back cushion in the green fabric so the squiggly wire supports won't dig in company's back too much.  If I can finish it in time, I'll post the picture!

Hope you all enjoy.  It's been so much fun! Woohoo!! Grin

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