Thursday, June 20, 2013


I have been creating some items for the Steampunk display we are making for the library.  The theme for the teen summer reading program is "Beneath the Surface".  Below are a few items that will come in handy while Zombie hunting.  First is a Steampunk Journal.  It's made from an old book I had saved from a discard from the library.  The black hose is actually a plastic straw from a Six Flags cup.  I made the gauge from a Powerade bottle cap and a downloaded print.  I got the watch piece from my local jewelry store.  They were happy to give me old watch pieces and gears.  The larger gear I got from my local bicycle shop.  They also had a big box full of old and bent gears and were happy to get rid of them.  The other pieces I found in my mom's basement.

One of my co workers raided her son's stash of NERF guns.  Her son said I could use it if he could have it back after it had been transformed into a Steampunk gun.  I found the brass pieces at Goodwill (total $2.67) I made the gauge, and part of the plastic straw again.  The silver and gold color is Rub 'n Buff I found at Hobby Lobby.  

Another gun using and old tungsten tube, gear from the bicycle shop, and other bits and pieces I had around the house.  The small gears are from the Dollar Store and came in a spirograph package.

I knew these Tropicana tops would come in handy some day!  With a little Rub 'n Buff, a downloaded gauge photo and topcoat of varnish, I transformed it into a pretty cool gauge.

This is a 12" x 12" canvas I prepainted with green, cream and rust acrylic paint.  I used several sizes of gears from the bicycle shop, old watch parts from the jewelry store, curly cue plastic straw, springs, and a few buttons.  

I really like how the helmet turned out.  I found a yellow kid's construction helmut at Goodwill for 26 cents.  I spray painted it silver, added upholstery studs and a copper painted plastic straw on top. I bought the goggles from Home Depot for $2.00.  I just spray painted them and used a little Rub 'n Buff for the details.  With just a little imagination, found items around your house or the Goodwill, spray paint and some hot glue you can create all sorts of Steampunk items.


Varina Suellen Plonski said...

This is some pretty awesome Steampunk gear! The corrugated straws make some very nice tubes and cables, and I very much like the fact that you took the trouble to make the gears mesh on the verdigris panel (nice job, BTW!) Most times people just slap a gear on stuff and call it Steampunk. I always think it should look like it actually has a function. You did it!

Rice Paper said...

Awesome. Just AWESOME. You have given me some wonderful ideas. Thank you.