Focus Month: Optics, fin

Bah, well, I got two solid pieces done this month, which ain’t bad.  I finished another and decided that the fourth is something that failed, but has an idea I can come back to. Thing to note: you can take two plastic plano-convex lenses from any sort of lensy toy and put the flat sides together you get a magnifying lens that is pretty rad.  Be careful though. Plastic lenses scratch and scuff easily. Another note: egg carton bits are perfect eye pieces. The failed one I do want to…

Focus month: Optics, half and two thirds

Only ten days left in the month and I’ve only two of my hoped-for four eyepiece things done.  That is fine! Now that TBA (a ten-day art fest that we went to almost every day) is over I can hopefully whip them out. The first one I wanted to go as far away as I could from steampunk-ness.  It’s a costume piece, not a useful one, but I like it.  I had endless fun creating the density of surface embellishment. There’s movement to the red lens, at least, which I…

Focus month: Optics

Sometimes, when I’m drinking or just being a jackass, I tell people “I gave the American steampunks* the monoggle.” Which isn’t necessarily true, though it’s probably at least a little bit close to what is truth (there were fancy-ass ones being made in Europe, that stupid word wasn’t being used so much though the design was, etc.). A lot of cameras go through our house and not all of them leave. I really like taking things apart and how lenses work fascinate me. I would use cold connections to make…