Friday, 21 May 2010
Steam Punk - A Light Bulb Moment!
For one of my Altered Element DT projects for May I have made this little Inventors' Shadow Box. The Shadow Box is by Twiddleybitz and can be found here. I was also sent this sheet of Playful Gents by Artchix, and a box of cogs, a light bulb, watch faces, and other ephemera which I have used in this item. When I received this pack I also received some other gorgeous goodies for other projects, but immediately put these items together for a Steam Punk theme. Sorry I should have photographed the sheet of images before I cut the two out I was going to use, but I'm sure you get the idea. Some of the men are 'playful' as the name suggests, but I chose the most serious ones with the handlebar moustaches for my Inventors, Professor Hydraulious Hornblower, and his friend, Dr Luddite Sprockett.
I was very impressed with the shadow box, which comes in very solid pieces which you just pop together in a tongue and groove sort of way, so you can decorate the pieces before you assemble it if this is easier. I started off by making an A4 sheet of background paper, using the Tim Holtz Timeworks masks, Distress Inks, a background stamp, and sequin waste. I covered each piece with some of this paper and edged it with gold paint and Vintage Photo Distress ink. I made two large cogs up in black shrink plastic, and adhered the two images to my microscope slides. I stamped the frame with some phrases from Creative Expressions Vintage Aviation set, and also used some computer-generated words, some of which I added to the frame and some to the slide images. My student, Jude, said that the technique we had been doing recently with image transfer worked a treat with computer text, allowing the background to show through, so this is what I did. I made a clock from one of the watch faces with a gold cog surround, and brad legs for hands, and adhered this to the hanging section. I stuck the whole box together and stuck the cogs from the set, and the shrink plastic ones to the frame. I then stuck the microscope slides to the base of the frame, and added the words 'A Lightbulb Moment', as my inventors have just made a wonderful discovery (they didn't tell me what it was). To finish off, I punched a hole through the top of the back of the frame and dangled a light bulb above their heads with invisible thread.
There is such a choice of steam punk elements at the Altered Element, and it is great fun to look back on this period in history.
Posted by Lucy Edmondson at 16:37
Labels: Altered Element, Artchix, Shadow Box, Steam Punk, Twiddleybitz
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Looks great. I love anything in boxes!ReplyDelete
OOOoh stunning, I love it xxxxReplyDelete
This is a fabulous piece! Great idea to use shrink plastic with those gears, and I love the "names" you've given these fellows, LOL!ReplyDelete
I'm not really feelin the whole steampunkery thing myself, but i do dig your box.. love that ickle lightbulb bottle... there on my wish listReplyDelete
Great SP ideas brought to life in these projects !ReplyDelete
Fantastic as always Lucy -can't wait to see it IRL :)ReplyDelete
Help Lucy I give in please can you email me to tell me where oh where I might find some Eiffel Tower canvas feet Pleeeez. thanks Desperate of manchester. firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
thanks hoping to hear.
Fantastic piece, everything well placed together.ReplyDelete
I've get to do my shadow box, but I have some ideas........
Great ideas here all brought together so well. Those lightbulbs are so cool. Lynne xReplyDelete
Fab shadow box, love what you did with it too !ReplyDelete
Yep Love it I was on a steam punk jewellery week end so I am loving all steam punk lol (did B4 the wk end to)ReplyDelete
Love Dawn xx
I would have been completely foxed if I had these images, you however have produce a stunning piece!ReplyDelete
Great shadow box, love the teeny weeny light bulb in there!ReplyDelete
What a cool shadow box! Great idea! Thank you for commenting on my blog!ReplyDelete
Beautiful Lucy. Penny xReplyDelete
I really like the way this turned out. Great jobReplyDelete
I really like what you did with your inventors theme.ReplyDelete
Fabulous steampunk piece!ReplyDelete