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.

Available from my Etsy shop here

Friday, 7 October 2016

Steampunk Cyberman Helmet

 I'm a big fan of the Cybermen from Doctor Who, I saw their first incarnation, a long, long time ago. I still like the look of the original design but I do really like the recent updates.
I like to give them a makeover of my own now and again. Preferably with a steampunk influence, so plenty of rivets and either a brass finish or as in this case a copper finish complete with the addition of verdigris.

Available in my Etsy shop. I will soon be Christmas by the way.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Steampunk Kaleidoscopes

I was tidying up the photo albums on the PC yesterday, and realised just how long it's been since I made a steampunk kaleidoscope. These were some of the first things I made with a steampunk influence when I discovered that I was in fact a steampunk.

I was already making kaleidoscopes in stained glass so it was an obvious progression, I try to make them with a Victorian scientific look. I suppose I should make more if I can find the time.

Here's a few examples.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Mal's Gun Steampunk

Having made a couple of replicas of Malcolm Reynolds gun from Firefox recently I thought I'd make another one, only this time with a steampunk feel to it. So I used the basic shape of the Firefly pistol but added two small gas cylinders on each side complete with pipework. As much as I love the octagonal barrel of Mal's gun it's quite time consuming to make and I wanted this one to have a different look so I used 15mm plastic tube with a copper plumbing fitting on the end of the barrel. I also used a plumbers brass nut for the joint between the barrel and the gun body.

The gun was constructed from MDF as usual with hardwood grips. It was finished with acrylic paints all hand painted. I'm very pleased with it