Category Archives: steampunk

Any normal sized project with steampunk leanings

Minis but not miniaturing

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In the last few days or so getting towards Christmas I turned to panic presents.  Couldn’t post this till after Christmas ‘cos …

Decorative sewing kit

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Intended more as a room ornament than for any serious use, this semi-steampunk inspired item is thrown together from various hoarded bits and bobs and an empty box.

and my favourite bit

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the pin cushion. Looks like some horrendous medieval torture. (That by the way is not why I like it!) Have stuffed mini diving helmet with cherry coloured sleep suit fabric for the pins.  (With a reflexion in helmet thrown in 🙂 )

All together

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Contents in place

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Amusing myself with an experiment

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Busy, busy – many hands make

for a headache

For some reason I thought that doing a few sets of hands would help the learning process along.  So far, not so good.  However, during a tidying up exercise before lunch, I came across the hand armature pair that were made at the time I did the ‘bunch of bananas’ hands a couple of postings back.  Hmm, to keep or to chuck?

I didn’t fancy wrapping them in clay a piece at a time – not after this morning’s run in with clay and lack of co-ordination.  I didn’t feel like chucking them, but definitely didn’t want to store them.

Aha!  I could play with them.

I’ve made slurry of the Kipper-clay.  Not an easy thing as the fibres are big, so not so much a slurry as an extremely slushy, wet pate.  The bits of shaped wire are already coated with this and that to help the clay to stick.  So dip them I did.  In the pate.

Spreading of the splurge

I used a fine paint brush to move the fibres around more equally and redefine the shape.  It will need another dip when thoroughly dry, assuming that the first coat doesn’t fall off in the meantime.

I did a similar thing with plastic coated garden wire in the Steampunk style model.  The hands on the clock mechanism were dipped for alternate coatings of Vallejo water texture and pewter paint and produced what looks like a rather shapeless pair of rubber gloves.

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One rubber glove to the fore

Not the smoothest item ever seen. I’m hoping that if the clay stays stuck on the dipped wire that it might withstand a small sanding down or two(?)

I’ll let you know.

Meanwhile – less mucking about and back to the hands and more hands.

 

All together now

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Done and seated

I ruffled up some more of the wool for hair and added back the flying mess I’d previously chopped.  Is it just me or do the specs give him a bit of a look of Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller?

All together now

(or the backcloth in need of a good iron)

Done as a sequence of images as the connection is so slow this evening I can’t get slides to run for checking.  Hope you don’t mind.

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The book

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North – inner spilling over onto outer

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From the west

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From the south – will enlarge

theinfill on a steampunk theme - The end result - Steampunk flavoured Time Techs

From the east

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Across from east – will enlarge

The idea and design

Dreamed up possibly as a shout re the passing of time and aging, possibly re the grinding of the ‘soul’ from the printed book by electronic media, or none of the previous. I do have, and read electronic literature and a good tale or line of reasoning can draw me in, but I rarely feel as though I ‘own’ it and thus feel less of a relationship to the word being offered.

I do know that the clod-hoppingly named “Time Techs” contains fleeting thoughts and references from many books that passed through my mind whilst working on it. Images of characters and incidents: cheese (wrong cheese) – Treasure Island etc, etc.

And I do like steampunk.

I hope you enjoy some aspects of it as much as I’ve enjoyed doing it.

Now I can get back to the model and finish the Long Gallery – three cheers!

Ah, I do feel so much better for that 😉

Blazer with top hat? Surely not!

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There’s no accounting for dress sense

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Possibly needs spectacles or monocle?

This afternoon’s workings

Adapting the pattern for man’s coat from “Dolls House and Miniature Scene” (December 2014 issue) I assailed a blazer design.  I shortened it and cut out some of the skirt widening, added a back pleat, a leather ‘W’ cut collar and a breast pocket.

I hadn’t realised how narrow shouldered the figure I’m working with is.  I had filled out the skinny bits on tum and bum but failed to pad the upper torso at the back.  So I stuffed stuffing across from arm hole to arm hole once the blazer was in position.  His hair is a wool mohair mixed yarn and I should have left it longer – drat.

There are still ‘things’ to do, but top of my list has to be darkening the beard to match the hair.

He now looks like a shady dealer in something we might not want to know about – most unfortunate.

ps: the strange mousetrap shape on the hat is the spring from a clothes peg