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« on: February 06, 2014 12:35:36 PM »

This all started with a trip a few weeks ago to a local store that handles used, surplus, vintage and just plain odd electronics. It is always an overload of stimulation: artistic, technical and nostalgic. This time was no different.

On one shelf of randomness there was a stack of CD carousels for jukeboxes. They were big - 16.5 inches in diameter, and the angle used to ease the discs into and out of the player produced an elegant swirl of fins. They were only $3, and I had set aside a sunburst mirror project before the holidays because it was getting too fussy, so this seemed like a cheap way of closing that out. This was a much sleeker look than my original design, although the matte gray of the plastic needed improvement if it was to have a happy life outside the bowels of a jukebox.

Then by the register there was a 14" copper-coated aluminum disk from a 1970s disk pack. At $5, it was probably about 99% off of the original price, and I love a good bargain.

When I saw how well they fit together, I was convinced to sacrifice the whole 18 megabytes in the name of art.

At home I scrounged a thrifted glass plate from under a plant that had a radiating pattern similar to the carousel and gave them both a couple of coats of mirror paint.

A biscuit tin lid fit into the carousel back, which was not strictly necessary but gave a nice, reflective gold surface behind the semi-transparent silver.

Then it was just a matter of gluing everything together and making a hanger from some picture wire and a couple of old screws. I also attached some soft plastic dots to protect the wall paint from the screws and so that it would lay flat against the wall.

It was really fun and easy to make. There were a lot of other possibilities: for awhile it was looking more like a clock with a beautifully hideous 1970s glass display bowl in the center, but the coppers clashed and the dish turned out to carry the clock quite well on it's own.

The disc color changes from golden orange to deep red with the light. The plate reflects a wavy image, which is a kinda fun contrast to most mirrors which have a flawless surface surrounded by a more rustic frame. The carousel could have done with another spritz of paint but I had a dread of getting drips between the fins and the work it would take to get rid of them. But overall I'm pretty pleased with the result.

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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2014 07:52:41 AM »

How wonderful! You have such a good eye for putting parts together and ending up with something beautiful.

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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2014 07:56:23 AM »

Thank you, rackycoo!

There is something inspiring about old hardware. It's like it kind of assembles itself, I just exist to move it around. And to buy glue.
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2014 12:31:41 PM »

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