Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Steampunk USB Stick

I made this USB stick as a gift for my son. He has developed an appreciation for steampunk style since he went away to college.

I started off with a regular USB drive, and sealed off the end and the red part that slides with masking tape. Then I went to town, adding gears and numbers.

I added an extension to the top, so he can fasten it to his keychain. The piece at the end is an antique laundry number pin.
 I was thrilled to find that the drive still worked once the tape came off.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


by Leslie Brier, Brier Design Studio

I'm feeling the steampunk vibe these days, and so is dear Edgar. 

 Edgar stands about 12 inches tall. Look closely and you'll be able to recognize lots of the pieces that he's constructed from. See the red on the bottom? I'm working on a new technique for adding color to metal. I'll demo it for the first time at Art and Soul in Virginia Beach. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Meet Myrna! Altered Art Robot

by Leslie Brier, Brier Design Studio
I am so excited to be teaching at Art and Soul in Virginia Beach this year, and classes are right around the corner! One of the classes I'm teaching is an Altered Art Robot class.

 I have declared January "The Month of the Robot" in my studio, and I have lots and lots of pieces that need finishing touches before they can go out into the world. This robot is called  "Myrna, Darn Easy". Her clock is ticking and she's looking for love! Her face is actually made from a vintage darner and if you click on the photo, you can see that the words Darn Easy are imprinted on the darner.

A local artist bought this piece for his wife as an anniversary gift. She is known for her stylish eyeglasses. I think he was very brave to choose a piece with that title, though!

Art and Soul is right around the corner. If you live in Virginia, and haven't signed up yet, you can receive a 10% discount on classes this month only. I'd love to have you in one of my classes -- or maybe see you at Vendor Night.