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« on: November 05, 2009 08:58:30 PM »

I got a cute little Lenovo ideapad a year ago with the intent to redecorate it like the baddest-ass steampunk netbook you ever did saw.

After a couple aborted efforts with veneer and some gold leafing, I switched to wood-grained vinyl, a sweet gear-patterned decal that I found on etsy, and added some silver-leafed gears and dichroic glass cabs. It didn't turn out quite as I'd hoped, but I learned a lot while I did this and have some great ideas for what I'm going to do for the next iteration...and, oh, there will be more steampunkish netbooks coming out of my studio!  But I'll admit, my little Magpie is quite cute and inspiring to work on.

Completed book - lid:

Completed book - inside!

The "Before" photo - with a Diet Coke can so you can get a sense of scale, here.

The keys, when I was making them.  I used some nice double-sided sticky graphic paper and metal leaf, and drew all of the lettering, etc. by hand.  They're not perfect, but I like it that way.

Profile-view of the finished book:

Thanks for looking!  I'm hoping my friends will like this little guy so much that they'll let me practice and trick out their laptops, too. Wink
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2009 09:21:25 PM »

very nice work, i like the wood/marble/technology mix..very kewll idea!!  i hope your friends are into the idea as well Wink

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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2009 09:23:11 PM »

That is a super cool refurbished lap top!!!

I love this idea, it's really cute and nobody will have one like it! (PS, I think Amy rocks too! Wink)


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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2009 02:27:19 AM »

This is fucking EPIC!! 

« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2009 06:33:14 AM »

That is so sweet!  I can't believe you did the letters by hand.  What a great job!

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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2009 12:10:23 PM »

So excellent. I'm inspired to makeover my laptop now!

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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2009 06:47:30 AM »

Oh very cool!  Magpie makes me think of the Faeries of Dreamdark series...any relation?

I'd like to see a picture of the keyboard looking straight down at it, if you don't mind, just curious about how the keys look.
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2009 08:10:55 PM »

I love this. Thing about craftster is stuff like this makes me want everything. Great job!

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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2009 01:43:03 PM »

Oh wow... now I want to do this to my laptop too!

« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2009 01:22:20 PM »

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