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Tuesday
Dec032013

The GadgetSponge Family of Repurposed Creatives

Hey junkers!  Got some goodies I wanted to share with you that my son and daughter have produced.

Creativity runs freely through the family.   Besides the mess I make in the garage, my wife is skilled at many crafts like high-end card making, jewelry, complex scrapbooking, and a jack-of-all-trades for us around the house.  My daughter produces beautiful paintings, collage art, complex face painting and much more.  My oldest son takes up residence in the garage also and is just getting started with his own repurposed creations.  My youngest son (6) is just enjoying his massive collection of firetrucks and emergency vehicles.  

Here's a few of my son's latest repurposed pieces...

The piece above features original, vintage blueprints along with custom painted, distressed and waxed color blocks.

This one features the custom painted blocks also with various cities and states highlighted on the other blocks.

This one features different map pieces of the New Orleans, LA area along with traditionally painted and distressed Mardi Gras colored blocks.

And here's a couple of my daughters collage art pieces that she makes by tearing color pieces out of magazines to find her shades of color she needs.  She learned it from a dear friend and artist we know in Minden, Louisiana.

Anyway, that's it for now.  I figured I would promote the great art of my children since it's my blog.  Ha!  I hope you all enjoyed it and expect more in the future from the rest of the GadgetSponge family!

Sunday
Dec012013

Repurposed Simplex Factory Timeclock / Punch Clock Lamp

Hey junkers and fans!  I recently finished a lamp that I've been wanting to put together for quite a while so I knocked it out the other day so satisfy the long urge.

It started with the wood base.  I pulled some board from some scraps and did a paint and distressing session on it.  Cleaning up the timeclock and crack it open came next.  It's pretty heavy and there's a good bit of gears inside.  It still has the original ink ribbon in there!

I knew I wanted to pair it with a vintage flashlight for the stem.  I've had this copper flashlight for a while -- just saving it for just the right project.  It was finally time.  To top things off, I used a large, vintage hand valve handle and a black plastic on/off valve.

 

This one along with the other seven might still be available either in the GADGETSPONGE ETSY SHOP or at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.

Saturday
Nov162013

Some of my great finds while out junkin' (11/2013)

Hey fine folks! I honestly try to remind myself to post more than just my creations. I'd like to let you into my world some more but I always get too busy and forget.

Well, I didn't this time!

I went out with some good buddies the other day to the salvage yard and then some more pickin' at a residence. And here's some of the goodies I grabbed!

How about this great light green kitchen scale! I've had plenty but none this punchy! Metal casters always rock. And my first manufacturing mold! How "handy"! Har har. My imaginative wheels are spinning on that piece.

My fellow traveler spotted these great, heavy-duty springs. They came from railroad car wheel assemblies. And, on top, is an almost complete wall hanger group piece.

And we hit a jackpot on large turning valves. We could only manage to get a few loose. We'll be more prepared next time. Found a few smaller automotive accessory lights. There you can see a large metal clamp also. The metal screen probably came off an industrial apliance.

Are you drooling!!!! I still am and I have them now. Porcelain / enamel letters! These are all about 6 to 8" tall. What a find!

I found two of these old porcelain / enamel small sinks. They are only about 15" across. Can you say fountain basin! Or who knows what else.

Being a fish fanatic that I am, I was going nuts over finding this retro, chrome aquarium. The chrome aquariums came in several sizes and all had chrome edging. They were mostly manufactured by Metaframe in the 60s I belive. This one has no rust. I can't believe it. I'm definitely going to overhaul it and use it once again for some smaller fish. Any freshwater fish fanatics out there? I raise several kinds of African Cichlids.

Anyway - that's the majority of the treasures I was able to scoop up. More to come soon and you'll definitely be seeing some of these pieces in future creations!

Tuesday
Nov122013

Domino's SecondHandLogos.com GadgetSponge Repurposed Lamp Project

Hey friends!  It's time for the next official Domino's (Pizza) SecondHandLogos.com GadgetSponge project!

This project will be an elaborate lamp using a car topper that is used for delivery and some officially used letters from a Domino's location.  I'll be including more pieces to finish out this project but here are the main components.  

I'll be posting several updates on the progress.   It's my current project so it'll be on the fast track.  Stay tuned!!!

Monday
Nov042013

GadgetSponge iPhone 5 Lock Screen Design

Hey folks!  Yesterday, I made a design for the lockscreen (the first one you see when you hit a button) and thought I would share it with you.  It's yours for the taking if you want!  Download it here or below.

ALSO -- I'm beginning the build on my final Domino's (Pizza) series.  It's going to be a lamp using some of the lighted exterior letters as the main parts.  But there's a lot more surprises in it!  Stay tuned!!!