Eric and Lori Embree
The Brass Caliper started almost accidentally in May 2014. One of the founders, Lori Embree (who has always loved steampunk) asked her husband Eric to make her a steampunk lamp. So after a few trips to Home Depot, thrift stores, and junk yards, Eric cleared his workbench and got to work. A few electricity-flicking days later, Eric placed his creation in their home. The obsession had begun. Before too long, they were repurposing items they owned with steampunk style. The focus very quickly turned to jewelry for Lori. She started by repurposing all her jewelry and watches, and then started frequenting antique shops, thrift stores, and estate sales, as well as hardware stores and dad's garage. Although it started with Eric and Lori, before too long one of their daughters and one of their friends joined in.
Their items are a conglomeration of many things. No two are alike. Items may include chain from mom's jewelry box, grandma's coat pins, old bottle caps, antique items from an estate sale, or precious finds from a thrift store. It may have pieces and parts from grandpa's old pocket watch, metal from an old mining town, or naturally aged nuts and bolts from dad's garage. Each piece has a unique and beautiful history, and just like us, they are durable and fragile because of the time and situations they've seen.
The Brass Caliper has focused mostly on comi-con conventions, because Eric and Lori are self proclaimed "original nerds." Although they're kind of curmudgeons about it, they have ventured into the online world as well. They hope people like their items as much as they do, and they are excited to meet new people.
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