Sunday, 19 January 2014

Cloak and Dress

The first two projects were two of the biggest I'm planning.

Firstly, a cloak so I had something other than a very long black one for role-playing. I have no progress shots of this.

That isn't poor photography - it really was foggy.

Second, a dress. I'm not sure what I can use this for, but making it was a challenge. The pattern was an old Butterick one I got from eBay, and I've no idea when it was made. There's not really any point in describing how I made it, as all I did was follow the pattern.

Cutting out.

Without sleeves or fastening up the back


I'll document and describe each step of the next few projects.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

A few more projects

 I'm a bit behind with my projects, although not as far behind with them as I am with my posting.

Here is a FIMO chameleon. He's made of a mixture of bright green and silver clay with gold embellishments and little brass screws.

This is his older brother, made out of plasticine as a practice run.

 Scribble Owl! 3 colours of wire and a snip of Coke can.

 Embossed tin box made out of Coke cans.

An attempt at making a dragonfly less steampunky and more elegantly pretty. I'm not really sure I pulled that one off...

Marbled FIMO beads in a necklace and bracelet.

FIMO fish, made by cutting three identical shapes in different colours up and putting them back together. It doesn't work as well in FIMO as it does in wood or metal.

Carrot cake!

The giraffe, the peli and me! I used to love that book as a child, though I can't now remember anything about it except it was written by Roald Dahl.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

3: Steampunk Dragonfly

 Made in FIMO Soft polymer clay with added brass watchwheels and enamelled wire.

The body is 1/2 metallic gold, 1/4 metallic silver, 1/4 white. The wings are 1/8 body colour and the 7/8 white. 

I made a 3-inch log, pointed it at one end and rounded the other. Then I rolled a pen around it for neck and waist. 

 Twiddles and twists of left-over body colour decorate the wings, and the body is wrapped in ivory 0.5mm enamelled wire. The eyes are made of multifaceted glass beads.

She needed her wings supported whilst they baked. 

Incidentally, the glass I use as both a work surface and a baking tray came from a packet of cheap clip photo-frames. I lost the clips.

Whilst baking, the clay of the wings darkened a lot. I searched for a reason for this, and I think my 'white' must have actually been 'translucent white'. I think she turned out not badly.

Monday, 24 January 2011

2: Steampunk Mr Potato Head

I've been browsing a lot on Instructables recently, and I came across this one. So when Amazon offered me a Mr Potato Head for £1.95, I had to buy it. Of course.

Because I'm following someone else's instructions, I'm just going to post progress pictures.

 Fimo bits and bobs, with some weird copper bits I found in the bargain bin at B&Q. I think they might be bits of piping for gas fires. Mr Potato Head also needed reversed, and his shoes have been covered in cardboard.

All spray-painted black. Can you tell what the random bits I used to make him were?

His gun is two glue-gun sticks and a 16-gauge needle case. His hat is a contact lens case, his backpack is a spool (that once contained thread), and there's lots of copper wire about. The paint is brass enamel.

He turned out quite well. He has no conceivable use, but he makes me smile. And that's good enough.

Anyone have a useless but cool project to look at?

Saturday, 15 January 2011

1. My First Beading Project

I'm starting small, here. Trying the easiest beading technique in the book, ladder stitch.

Hmm. That's quite neat and even. But it's only about 5mm wide. I like my jewellery to be small and delicate, but that just looks ridiculous.

OK, I'll double it up.

It still needs something.

That's better.

This took me about three hours, but the second leg took much less time than the first. Practice seems to cause rapid improvement here - I just hope it continues.

And I resolve to only take photos in natural light from now on.

Friday, 14 January 2011

My Crafting Extravaganza

I enjoy making things, working with my hands and being able to say "I made this myself." And I haven't been doing enough of that recently. The next month or so is going to change that.

I have a new exciting project. Starting on the 14th of January, I am going to make 27 new things before the 10th of February. I may not be able to manage one a day, due to the demands of work, but I hope to be able to make it up. Some of the projects may be rather small, though. I'm aiming for things I've not made before.

I got a new toy for Christmas. 

It’s going to be immensely helpful in this endeavour. 

I was also given lots of books, some crafty and some even steampunk! Plus I still have the plans for this clock to make.

I'm not going to list all the things I'm planning, but I will post them as they are completed. 

Sunday, 5 December 2010

The End of my Week Off

Well, I got a fair amount done. The cabinetry took a lot longer than I thought it would, but  I did it myself! I’ve put up some curtains too. Oddly, I had this huge fear of putting up curtain rails, but when it came to it, I actually found it quite easy. Although a longer spirit level would have been helpful.

 Here is my study.

 Some things need more work to make them steampunk - I will stain the craft cabinets to match the rest of the woodwork soon.

I didn’t get around to covering the books with leather paper, but I have got it and will begin.

These are my steampunk objects. The prints I ordered didn’t come in time to be framed, so they aren’t up yet.

I have just rounded off the day (and week) with a massive meal. Sweet potato soup, oatcakes with smoked mackerel pate, goat’s cheese and red onion tart, and sticky brownie cake. 

I enjoyed this project, but things still seem incomplete. I’m aiming for a scientific steampunk theme - can anyone suggest anything to make it more obvious?