“Personal Reactor”: This is the piece that started it all! The origins of Reaction Designs and my love of Steampunk metalwork. This is an entirely hand fabricated personal nuclear reactor! This piece was designed as the endgame for all steampunk technology. As you may know nuclear power is made by creating enormous amounts of heat through fusion or fission which then generates steam and the steam powers turbines to create energy. My thought was: “if only that could be harnessed to power a human being! Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Simply strap on Professor Nelson’s personal reactor and buzz the day away with the natural zip of portable fission!” I like to point out that I conceived and fabricated this several years before Iron man became the huge phenomenon that is it today.
This piece was conceived to quell the frustration I had from growing up as a child of Science Fiction where Nuclear energy not only powers laboratories or super scientists and mad geniuses but radiation gives ordinary people amazing super powers! The reality of Nuclear power is obviously less desirable, with the various disasters that have happened trying to control it and the horrible side effects and death that occurs from actual exposure to radiation. So this piece stemmed from a desire to see more of my fantasy mix with reality. Perhaps someday we will be able to get superpowers but until then, I will continue to make devices that blur the lines of reality!
$2000 Available from Symmetry Jewelers in New Orleans.
The main display at last night’s opening at Highwater Gallery. Everyone loved the crawfish and mosquito the most! Two pieces sold last night with the possibility of another one selling soon. Thank you so much to my friends and followers for coming out and making it an amazing night!
Reaction Designs is having an opening at Highwater Gallery this Thursday, July 21st! Please come celebrate Tim Nelson’s hard work and see some amazing art (and purchase anything that really strikes your fancy). 7pm to midnight at 7800 Oak Street in New Orleans.
This is my labor of love for the Gulf Coast, its people, and the noble Crawfish. My favorite movie involves a trusty and loveable robot left on earth to clean up behind man’s reckless abuse of this beautiful planet. There have been few instances in our history where a man-made disaster has had such a massive impact on an ecosystem as well as a society as the Gulf oil spill. Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, 9/11, Exxon Valdez, The AZF Chemical Plant explosion and finally Deepwater Horizon. In my view, as nearly inexcusable is how quickly this passes from the minds of people who look out and see it’s not in their back yard. We all live on this planet and casting blame and responsibility seemed to be much more important than correcting the problem and restoring not only the wildlife but the lives of everyday people who still depend on the Gulf Coast to feed their families and uphold their heritage. So I present the WALL-E of the sea, casting no blame but ready to tirelessly work to clean up the mess. This is my tribute to people who still labor to clean up after someone else. My apology to people who were asked to take one for the team while others bought new SUVs and complained about the price of gas and that they couldn’t get cheap seafood anymore. My tears for a wetland that will never fully recover, and my promise that I’m not going to forget, nor can I forgive the scars we leave on our Mother Earth. I intend to donate a portion of the proceeds to Gulf Coast restoration efforts.
16 points of articulation. 7 inches long, 3.5 inches tall, 5.5 inch arm span. Composed of Brass, Sterling Silver, PVC, and watch parts
New pieces added to the Reaction Designs Inventory!
“The Wings of Enola” A pair of wings borne of fires brighter than the sun. Reveal yourself as a radioactive phoenix with this pin. 3in. long and 1in wide. Handmade of Brass and UV reactive Plexiglass.
Straight off of an alien world or a post apocalyptic wasteland comes the little brother in the Distributor line. This Mini Distributor makes a perfect accent piece to any steampunk outfit. Easily convertible to serve as a key chain, watch fob or cell phone charm. Available in Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Clear there is a Mini Distributor for every style. Matching earrings are also available in all colors. Composed of brass, plexiglass, and PVC. Measures 2in. long on a 14in. jeweler’s cord. Now available.