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Ride of the Valkyries by ilkela Ride of the Valkyries by ilkela
I got tired of everything being utilitarian and ugly. All through history people made everything they used beautiful in some way. I find it completely ridiculous that as it gets easier to make something, we put that much less effort into making it beautiful.

This is a fully functional set of headphones completely re-outfitted.

The wiring is encased in a rope of inverted captured ring maille of bright aluminum.

Behind-ear attachment made of aluminum tubing wrapped in cotton thread. End pieces cut from nickel sheet and set with lapis.

Ear dome cut from 18ga nickel sheet. Pattern acid etched, set with lapis.

Spring-loaded hinge attaching dome to behind-ear wire made of 22ga nickel sheet, 14ga nickel wire, and steel spring.

speaker casing (normally black foam) crocheted 50% wool 50% cotton yarn.

Entire project weighs about 2.5 times the original plastic casing, which weighs the equivalent of about 15 pennies.

I plan to do a whole series along these lines, possibly for my senior thesis.

Questions, comments, criticism are extremely welcome.

PS- Name comes from the first thing listened to with these.

Resubmitted due to DA glitchiness. Now with a better photo!

EDIT: I would just like to clarify for everyone that these are NOT steampunk. Not in intention or by definition. If anything, they were inspired by Islamic work. So there. Thank you all for your comments, but really, not steampunk.
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LexWinter Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
these are absolutely amazing and the coolest earphones i have ever seen!
Any chance i could commission a pair off you?
beautiful design, can't wait to see the rest of the series!!!
ilkela Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! I'm afraid I'm not taking commissions though, sorry!
callofthedeath Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
ReticentPurple Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009   Traditional Artist
Very cool! I'd be scared to do anything to headphones that might require taking bits and pieces apart, but it's very inspirational and makes me want to find something I can modify in a cool way.
Raethe Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
these are great! I like your idea on utilitarianism, I've been looking into making my own pair of headphones as well!
SilverDiamonds Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
pretty little thing. :heart:
Divulged Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
Wow! That must have taken a lot of work!
ilkela Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It did, though I don't remember how much anymore.
Divulged Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
Oh, OK!
mattmaus Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very very nice.

I've seen enough chain weaves to not really be impressed by them any more, but it works really well on this piece to disguise the plain wire for the headphones.

I love the etching, particularly the depth (or apparent depth) and the crispness of the details.

I also very much like the contrast between colors on the ear bands. The dark blue thread and shiny metal very much ' pop ' but without being obnoxious or gaudy.

I just hope that it's easy enough to replace the electronics, because the (extremely pretty) case that you have made for them will last much much longer than the 'guts' I'll wager.
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