I haven’t done much 3D work or sculpture. Thank you SanDee and Amelie for the push to do something out of my comfort zone. I don’t really have much of a comfort zone in anything these days, so being outside of it, could be considered my norm anyway. This month SanDee and Amelie’s Steampunk Challenge is “Matchbox Steampunk”. I’ve never made a matchbox and I’m a novice with Steampunk, so I scratched my head quite a while for this one. I came up with a Watchmakers Filing Cabinet. I started by trying to find a matchbox die cut but failed miserably, so I ended up making a template ad cutting them all by hand from scrap pieces of cardstock.
I hoard boxes, so I had a christmas chocolate box in my stash that the matchboxes fit into quite snugly. I painted everything with Burnt Siena.
I found some gears from another project laying on my desk and when I found those, it finally hit me what this would become.
I lined the drawers with Graphics 45 Steampunk Spells – Beware reverse side paper, the 8 x 8 size. The gears are Sizzix Bigz Gadget Gears. I cut away the inside of the largest gear and fit the clock face from the Vintage Alarm Clock Movers and Shapers die by Sizzix on top of it.
Everything was painted with crackle medium and then topped with Golden Titan Buff acrylic paint. The metal numbers where from one of the big box hobby stores. I embossed some aluminum foil with the Sizzix Clocks folder and filled in the back with joint compound and painted it. I’ve done demonstrated this in more detail in my Turquoise Altered Book post.
I also decided to paint a little piece of cheesecloth silver and add it to the top.
The gears were embossed with Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo embossing powder and the bottles were painted with Ranger’s Distress Crackle Paint. I got this idea from Tim Holtz and watching some of the great Youtube videos coming out of the Summer CHA. In particular I should give a shout out to Craft Test Dummies as I found their videos very timely and well done. It is my dream to go to CHA someday, but since I’m not employed by the industry, it will forever remain a dream.
I filled the largest bottle (also from a big box retailer) with some tiny watch parts.
The embossed foil was painted and topped with Rubnbuff and copper paint then torn into strips and adhered to the sides.
As always – if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give me a shout! Thanks for looking!!