Monday, 24 July 2017

Steampunk Wedding Bouquet Holder.

What can you make when you have a plastic conical yarn spool, a nickel plated bud vase, a brass finial from a mug tree, the bottom section of a copper jug, some copper tube and some brass pieces from an old barometer?

Why a steampunk wedding bouquet holder of course.

It was a commission from a friend, I think it turned out very well, I'm certainly pleased with it. It's one of those creations that you really don't want to part with.

The bottom section of the copper jug I mentioned became a base or holder so that the bouquet holder could be left standing on it's own during or after the wedding ceremony.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Steampunk Crossbow Nerf Rebelle Fair Fortune

I'm a big fan of the Nerf Rebelle range of weapons, but in particular the Rebelle Charmed Dauntless Blaster and the Rebelle Fair Fortune crossbow. For me personally the present a pretty easy way to get some good Steampunk weapons. Basically remove logos, sand and paint. I've painted many Dauntless Blasters but this is the first Crossbow I've painted, It has lots of details just waiting for some dry brushing.

I'm really pleased with the result.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Metallic Paint Effect For Steampunk

Here's a photo of a plaster bust I painted.

I used a simple paint technique which could be useful for all sorts of projects,especially steampunk ones.

Step one.
Paint the object all over with matt black paint, acrylic or emulsion/latex paint should be fine.

Step two.
Use a dark green paint to paint mainly the low areas of the object, using the same type of paints as in step one.

Step Three.
Using a good quality metallic paint colour of your choice, very lightly paint the high spots on the object

That’s it, couldn't be easier.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

On Saturday we joined a group of friends mostly memebers of the West Midlands Steampunk Assembly for a visit to the Thinktank Museum in Birmingham, the main reason for the visit was to see the exhibition "Mechanical Things". An exhibition of artwork, automata, sculpture all kinetic in nature and featuring the work of Rowland Emmet, world famous and known for his work on the film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".
We had a good turnout and it was a great visit, lots of steam engines in the museum and a railway engine, a couple of aircraft, a Hurricane and a Spitfire but the highlight was being allowed to sit in the car, the actual Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and take photos. Awesome.

Monday, 24 October 2016

New Steampunk Guns

I managed to get a couple of new guns painted last week, both plastic toy guns.
I followed the usual procedure, dismantle if necessary, masking tape used if necessary, everything sanded, embellishments added where wanted. Then a spray coat of acrylic primer followed by a spray coat of matt black acrylic paint.
Then they were both hand painted with acrylic colours and finished with a coat of clear lacquer for protection.

I almost forgot, both of these guns were modified by cutting off the clunky plastic handle which is used for cocking them and replacing them with metal rings which I think look much better.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Steampunk Cyberman Helmet Brass Finish

I like upcycling/modifying these toys. Usually a fairly simple makeover, a few cosmetic additions like rivets and valves followed by a paint job.
This is the starting point

After sanding the whole thing I added rivets a fake zooming eye piece and valve handles on the side tubes.
Next I sprayed it with acrylic primer followed when dry by a spray coat of matt black acrylic paint. I finished it with a light coat of gold paint and a couple of coats of clear lacquer for protection.

This is the finished result.

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