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Hello one and all, I am starting to design my first computer case mod, and i could use some advice on you experience working with similar materials.

I have become a great fan of the steampunk look over the years, and do my best to sate my desire with works such as Girl Genius, and its Ilk. i have decided that i want my computer to have this motif to stand out from the crowd (most of my friends have cases that appear to be closer to rock concerts, with flashing lights and a roar that can be heard from 1/2 a block away!)

i want to build a computer with a brass/leather motif, but have never done any kind of case mods, or even worked with the materials before.

My case currently is a stock p182 with the fans replaced for the Noctua S12/p12 to minimize on the noise. i have already repainted a couple of the more visible fans to have them blend in.

here is a Very rough mock up of what i have planned. the measurements are rough, and everything i want to do isnt shown, but it gets the general idea across.



Basicly, i plan to take the metal sides, and cover them with 5mm cartridge brass, and any areas that are black plastic with a nice fake red leather, The leather will cover about 1" of the brass, and will appear to be held on with Brass rivets.

To prepare the brass, i plan to bring the brass to a near mirror finish, then use a ballpeen hammer to give it a hammer metal look, before gluing it onto the case.

Additionaly, i would like to emboss (is that the right term?) a logo onto the side panels and the front panel, basicly a crossed Wrench and hammer ontop of a large gear. i would do this with a tool my father has for sinking nails flush with the wood (think steel Punch, similar to a metal punch , but comes to a blunt rounded end). Idealy i would then paint this logo in a candy red finish. The side logos would only be about 3"x3", but the front panel would be as wide as the front panel is, Approximately 7"x7".


basicly, i am asking advice from anyone who has worked with these types of materals on what to expect.

i spent some time, and made a mock made the following, basicly the logo i will probobly


Thanks

Corhen
Edited by corhen - 7/23/11 at 10:09pm
    
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