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Enigmatic Instrument by iisaw Enigmatic Instrument by iisaw
Not an astrolabe. ;)

Process:

The "Cosmolabe" was made of layered brass sheets:

I did the designs for the markings in Illustrator, printed them out reversed and inverted on a transparency from a laser printer, ironed them onto the brass (with judicious use of a sharpie for clean-up) and acid etched them with the circuit board fluid you can get at Radio Shack. Then I cut out the pieces with a jeweler's saw and filed them smooth. The permanently fixed pieces were riveted together using small brass brads.
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The suggester said, "Artistry and skill are reflected in this piece called Enigmatic Instrument by ~iisaw. It is a perfect example of how common items can be used to make uncommonly beautiful works of art." Suggested by =crimsonvermillion and =goredguar. ( Suggested by crimsonvermillion and Featured by Kitten-of-Woe )
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tekmark Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
SO YOU MAKE COSMIC CLOCKS THAT UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE

YOU CAN OBTAIN ETCH RESIST PEN
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EVLWNS Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Most excellent. Most excellent indeed.
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PCamenzind Featured By Owner May 30, 2014   Writer
Awesome!
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mimeflayer Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Stunning.
A Voynichian NonAstrolabe
It's this kind of originality, firmly grounded in the traditional but uniquely moder,
That keeps me coming back to DeviantArt.
And the craftsmanship is superb!
Well Done!
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iisaw Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Thank you very much!
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N0rgel Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
thanks for posting, it's very inspiring!
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Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cool so the laser printer "ink" works as a resist? Never thought of that :)
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:iconmishka069:
Mishka069 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
OOOh that's really cool bro, such skill, such patience, you are truelly a craftsman of the old school...;-)
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iisaw Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Thank you!
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Pheenix42 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
This is movie-prop quality!
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:iconiisaw:
iisaw Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Thank you!
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:iconpheenix42:
Pheenix42 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
You're very welcome!
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:iconbabakosen:
BabakoSen Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, it's got Voynich script on it!
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:iconiisaw:
iisaw Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Yup! Not one in a hundred thousand people would recognize that!
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:iconbabakosen:
BabakoSen Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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:iconchibiwall:
ChibiWall Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Fantastic! I have no words A
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:iconiisaw:
iisaw Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Thank you very much!
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Paul-Nasca Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Oooh acid etching on brass! Great idea, and great work!
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:iconiisaw:
iisaw Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Thank you!
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azamnoor Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011   Writer
Very nice!!! WOW!!! I Love it!!! As I am a astrolabe lover, this is truley a piece of among the finest metal artworks. Can I buy this? - Azam Noor, Malaysia (azzameen@gmail.com)
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iisaw Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
Thank you very much! I'm sorry but the original is not for sale.
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KOGR Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
is thsi functional to ratio?
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:iconiisaw:
iisaw Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
From within the design parameters, yes.
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yruhauntingme Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Could u tell me where I've seen this code before it has something to do with the Codex Sinaiticus.
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yruhauntingme Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Question? Someone mentioned that you made this piece for a move called Worldwalker..has anything come of it? I can't find mention of this movie anywhere. Also the writing is familiar with a book about a code that was said to have come from biblical times about philosophers stone.
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iisaw Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
The movie is on hold... funding went away.
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Sacride Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Gorgeous. The lighting in this photograph is wonderful, too; it makes this piece look so dark and edgy ;)
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:iconiisaw:
iisaw Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Thank you!
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ayanamifan Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
What beautiful craft. I seriously would love to own one of these my own.

Btw. thanks for the watch
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iisaw Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
Thanks!
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Katnyx Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
It looks so professional! You wouldn't happen to have a store would you?
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:iconkuzunari:
Kuzunari Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
what does the cosmologue say?
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:iconjdiboss:
jdiboss Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
ooooh
it beautiful!
i want!
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:icondevilry:
Devilry Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is seriously all kinds of amazing! :omg: Let me know when you start selling these! :love:
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LeviathanSteamworks Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Where you the one who made the geocoin?
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iisaw Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
No, I just provided the artwork templates. They were made in a factory in... China, I think.
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:iconleviathansteamworks:
LeviathanSteamworks Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Still bad ass. I was actually shown this exact geocoin for the first time about a month ago at a convention.
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CopperAge Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
amazing!
Many many kudos!
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:iconiisaw:
iisaw Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
Thank you!
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kitsune-blue Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
Very cool :) Good job!
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iisaw Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
Thank you!
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kitsune-blue Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
You are welcome :)
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ScarlotteBlood Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's cooler then anything I'd ever think of making....wow...
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iisaw Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Thank you very much!
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:iconsimeki:
Simeki Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
WOW it looks like an antique.Does it destroy the earth somehow like most ancient devices? lol
Great work
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iisaw Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Thanks!
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Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Agree wholeheartedly with DD comments! Nice precise workmanship and design. P.
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iisaw Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Thank you!
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:iconheathenborn:
HeathenBorn Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! that's a magnificent piece indeed! I wish I owned one of those :)

Blessed Be
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iisaw Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
Thank you very much!
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