Monday, 7 April 2014

Up-cycling, Steampunk Style

Helloooooo folks!
Happy Monday to ya! hee-hee.

***Warning - photo heavy post!***  
 
This past week or so has seen me busy battling away with glue and metallic paint. WHY do these things take soooooooooo long to dry!!?? LOL
And it was all for the minions in the dungeon so they can keep an eye on how late/early it is...Allow me to elaborate:

Our theme in the Haunted Design House this fortnight is:
StEaMpUnK JuNk
That's right, it's time to gather up those bits and bobs, odd and ends, and
make something Steampunk-y with them!
That's why there are metallic paints, right?
The idea is to reuse, or up-cycle something(s) in your junk drawer,
or something destined for the trash bin.
Make it into a Steampunk inspired project.
Got it?

Well, after rattling me feeble brains for a day or two I came to a decision to make something out of this old sweetie tin I have had lying around for months. A trip to the local DIY store and some plumbing/paint purchases later I had the inspiration to make a clock. Of course I had to go and buy me a clock movement thingy off ebay too. Sheesh, these minions are costing me a fortune!! lol


As I didn't have a clock face to go with my theme, I had to design one for myself. Luckily I had some of the elements to start with so I just threw them together and twiddled a bit, added some cogs and ta-da!


Anyroadup, this tin took a few layers of this metallic hammer effect paint so I didn't see the original colours anymore. Drilled a hole in the lid for the spindle of the movement to stick through. I stuck the box part to the back of the lid with foam pads, as the spindle was a tad too long. Then I stuck a load of bolt heads and random bits round the outside of the tin.


Around the face of the clock I added some washers, gems, and some wee hot glue fix metallic effect stud thingies on top of which I added some fake pin heads. The pic below shows those bits better. The hands of the clock were black, but they didn't look right. Luckily for me the opposite side of the hands were this lovely metal colour, so I flipped them and use that side instead!


Next was the stand thingy for the clock part to sit on. These were the plumbing bits I got from the DIY store. Hubby helped out here by cutting some bits of copper pipe from the shed so I could attach it all together. I took a couple of old door handles and attached them over the pipe before sticking them onto the backing piece of the clock. That was just a bit of canvas board I cut to size and painted. I added some cogs and bits to the bottom of it for decoration, and a piece of electrical connector thing to help it stay upright, as it was prone to swinging about.


On the back of that I have recycled a wee buzz-saw shaped thingy from a previous make, painted of course!


So here ya go with the final piccie of the finished clock!


Why don't you pop across to the HDH Blog and see what my minion mates have come up with this time? Fab stuff from them this week - and more delicious yummies to come next week too!! Oooo - and you can show off your lovely dark makes over on the HDH Facebook Group now as well - see ya there peeps!!


10 comments:

Sylvia Meppen-Rentenaar said...

Hi Teri, this is awesome...! One of these days I have to come over, so you can tute me how to make these.. Absolutly stunning, hun! Big hugs, Sylvia xxx

Stephanie said...

Awesome! What a creative project. Nice work.

Jessica Buffa said...

Teri, this is an absolutely stunning transformation from simple to extraordinary! Great Job!

Hazel said...

It's fabulous, I love it AND the idea. However, I see so many things that I would like to try that I haven't got enough hours in the day. Hazel x

DonnaMundinger said...

Beyond fantastic, Teri! You sure know your way around a hardware store. AMAZING make and it even WORKS! Fabulous beyond belief! xxD

KarinsArtScrap said...

what a great and fantastic clock Teri, beautiful made.

gr karin

Monique Van dijk said...

It's awesome !!!

Susan Salyer said...

hahaha this is fabulous. made me smile. you are a multi tasking engineer of art lol I love the brilliance of this.
hugs
susan s

Andrea Connor said...

Incredible work Teri x

nichtniedlich said...

what a creative project made of a simple candybox - terrific!
hugs serafeena