Both my husband and father love astronomy and astrophysics. I enjoy space-related things too, but I’ve sat through many an episode of The Universe where I thought my head would explode trying to understand String Theory and quantum mechanics. If you also have a space-lover in your life, or happen to be one, check out the treasury below for out of this world handmade awesomeness.
Vintage Typewriter Illustration by BearAndRobot
In Boise, Idaho, there’s an amazing place called Antique World Mall. I could spend days wandering through the huge expanse of aisles, looking through the crowded shelves and glass cabinets and never see everything. They have everything vintage and antique imaginable and every time I go there I find something I have to take home with me. They are items that were probably commonplace and taken for granted, but somehow survived for decades without being discarded. And really, it’s those everyday items that help sum up an era of time and speak volumes about the people that lived then.
Mint Green Custom Painted Olivietti Typewriter by ClaireLaSecretaire
I love vintage and antique items, and am a little disappointed that collecting them is a trend now. I collect typewriters, among other things, and used to hunt through the discarded electronics in the backs of thrift stores for them. I once found a 1920’s Corona this way, priced at only $4.50. Those days are long gone. It’s difficult to find a typewriter for under $100 now. However, it’s much easier to find art and crafts inspired by vintage and antique items, or that have been incorporated into something new. Check out the wonderful items below!
Miniature OOAK Handmade Primitive Vintage Teddy Bear by RaggyBears
Asteroids ATARI Video Game Clock by RecyclingTime
What’s cooler than steampunk? Steampunk contraptions that actually function. Because really, what’s the point of all those gears if they don’t actually do anything? (Besides looking cool, that is.) The following gallery includes amazing inventions and art pieces that would make DaVinci and Atrus proud.
The Braxtonian Lantern by JWKinseysArtifice
This wall sconce features a slowly rotating inner cylinder and displays a star field on the ceiling in a dark room. It looks amazing, and the super fun part? That round knob at the top is the on/off switch.
Personal Reactor by ReactionDesigns
This cool necklace features a tiny “reactor,” composed of sterling silver, brass, titanium, and a glowing glass tube. The front of the pendant slides closed over the tube, where the light then shines through the three portholes in the front.
Steampunk Rotating Gear Heart by CarryTheWhat
Functional steampunk doesn’t have to be expensive. This awesome puzzle heart was 3D printed in metallic plastic. It can be twisted apart and rotated back together. It also comes in a colorful cube variety.