Flea Chariot

A metal sculpture in brass, mounted on an 1800s French Coin

Curious Pursuits

Curious Pursuits

Some pictures of the opening night of Porter & Jenkinson‘s Curious Pursuits at the Portico Library and Gallery can be seen over on the Flea Circus Research Library Blog.

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Boxing the flea chariot

Boxing the flea chariot

The flea chariot is off for a month in an art gallery up in Manchester so I wanted to ensure it would survive the journey up there and back. I already had a wooden box in the style of a

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Steam Punk Magazine

Steam Punk Magazine

The other month, Steam Punk Magazine was kind enough to offer me a slot in their periodical, to enthuse about brass and making the flea chariot. The article should be appearing in edition #6 “The Pre-Industrial Revolution” which is out

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Making the Victorian Flea Chariot – Part 4

Making the Victorian Flea Chariot - Part 4

Finish I was thinking about “aging” the brass but when I cleaned it up with a minidrill and wirebrush following the brazing it turned a nice dull colour. Hence I left it that way. I do intend to investigate some

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Making the Victorian Flea Chariot – Part 3

Making the Victorian Flea Chariot - Part 3

Brazing and Soldering Prior to silver soldering the components I did a practice exercise to make a small brass cube. I had intended to complete all 6 sides but due to time constraints over Christmas I only completed the three

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Making the Victorian Flea Chariot – Part 2

Making the Victorian Flea Chariot - Part 2

Machining the parts Both the axle and the wheels of the chariot needed to be machined. However due to a lack of appropriately sized material, I also ended up machining the hook at the front of the chariot. To turn

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Making the Victorian Flea Chariot – Part 1

Making the Victorian Flea Chariot - Part 1

Design As mentioned in the first flea chariot article, the design of the chariot was based on those seen on pathe newsreels and from the Tivoli Gardens flea circus. The spokeless design for the wheels was on the difficulties given

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Victorian Flea Chariot Launch

Victorian Flea Chariot Launch

The Victorian Flea Chariot was revealed to members of Imperial College’s STOIC Alumni Association (PSTOIC) at their annual dinner at the Rembrant Hotel in South Kensington. The theme for this year was “Something Amazing”. Thanks for the excellent photography from

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