By Cory Doctorow at 10:23 pm Thu, Dec 10, 2009
SteamPunk Buttons - FIVE Steampunk Watch Buttons 1066
I always thought this kind of thing was considered *clockwork* rather than steampunk. Nevertheless, they probably look quite handsome on a nice brocade waistcoat.
YAY!!! I’ve been boinged! And this makes me farrrrrr too happy……….
Yoink! I’l take one!
Feartheliz, can you make UK before christmas?
I’m not the seller, just a previous buyer. Check out their eBay store and send them a message through there. They have a bunch of other items, too.
What does it mean “cast from the guts of the old watches”? That the mold is somehow made from them?
Yep, the watch-guts (the positive) are used to form a mold in some viscous-but-settable material (the negative), which then has metal poured into it to get the button above (the new positive).
/That is all presumption, but it is how casting/molding works generally, so likely is close to correct.
Okay, those *are* pretty. And a cast is much less fussy (snaggy, fluffgathering, fallaparty) than actual watch guts. Nice one!
That’s a relief – from the post title I thought they were made by melting down old watches and turning them into buttons. That would be an anti-steampunk move.
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