Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Whats On Your Workspace? Wednesday 124- Steam Punk Day

Welcome to my desk for this week's WOYWWs hosted by the fantastic Julia at Stamping Ground.
Bit of a mixture today as I've just finished my Steam Punk box from the Paper Artsy weekend and am getting ready for my next playtime.


So we have some watch-parts, cogs, pen nibs, some gorgeous lace I bought on Sunday, bottles for altering (some time), some cotton reels, a beautiful owl charm, a couple of plastic, and very realistic looking bugs and Neet's spindle challenge.  Have sorted out what I'm going to do on this one thank goodness so 'all' I have to do is make it - not telling which of the above bits I am going to use on it.

Very pleased with the way my steam punk box has turned out, especially as I have not done anything like this before.  My nature is to be neat and tidy not at all grungy but I enjoyed doing this, especially the little touches at the end of the project so I may be converted now.


I know there is another set of workshops this weekend but as the sample photos are up on the Paper Artsy shop website, and have been for some time, I'm not giving away any secrets by showing you what I did. so here is the full piece (apart from thebrass knob at the very top which for some reason I cropped off the photo).
The boxes are from one of Tim's large configuration boxes, re-jigged in shape and stuck together before painting and beautifying (which is what my Dad used to call painting and decorating).  Most of the boxes are filled following the Paper Artsy example at the class as I couldn't have kept up if I had gone my own way - takes me an hour or so to chose stamps for a card sometimes so would have had no chance with this.
I did chose and mix my own colours and added a few touches of my own though and more at home yesterday when I was finishing it off.

This is a side view with my addition of a watch part for the face of this stamped metal.


Also added the coiled watch spring to the hanging key, the netting wrapped 'thingy' to the right of the stamped man (who appears to have developed a few chicken pox scars on his face from my poky-tool), and a few cogs here and there.  My favourite bit of the whole thing is the brass watch part pinned to the front as the engraving is so beautiful and the shape (thistle?) so pretty so when I found it it had to go in right at the front.

A few more close-ups for you: -



....and finally...



The back, covered in Ferro paste - cool heh?   The whole shape reminds me of a factory building which is quite appropriate given that the theme is grungy industrial.

Gosh what a lot of photos, hope you managed to make it to the end of the blog this week.  I'm off to tour the world on Julia's massive blog hop now  - cup of tea and a biscuit ready.

25 comments:

Helen said...

I love that box! The weekend sounds a whole load of fun. Great new stash, too!

MaggieC said...

It sounds as if you have had a great time. I am still unsure about steampunk, I feel it is not for me, but I can appreciate the tremendous amount of work that goes into creating these works of art. Anyway, if we all liked the same things, the Wednesday blogs would be so boring, wouldn't they.

Neet said...

That is fabulous and you have made me so envious that I could not be there - the first I have missed. Will be back for another look when I have more time (dashing off now). Must have a chat about the weekend when we meet up at the AGM.
Thanks for sharing and your comment - Hugs Neet x

Fuchsia said...

Your box is totally awesome I love it !

Happy Wednesday

Jennibellie said...

WOW! Just fantastic! I love all the bits and pieces on your desk, so many fabulous options tfs Jennibellie xxx

cockney blonde said...

That is truly amazing Ann. I love it and grungy isn't really my thing but WOW!. Pray tell, what are you doing with your spindle??? I promise I won't tell anyone and I won't copy, lol, x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Love, love, love, love your steampunk box - did I tell that I love it?? LOL. All the intricate bits and bobs, the clocks, fanbloomingtastic!! You're onto a winner here :)
Hugs, LLJ #41 xx

fairyrocks said...

Your desk is full of goodies!!
that box creation is AWESOME!!
I have to make it bigger now so I can climb right in and peruse the intimate details.
Keep smiling and creating

KSD Creations said...

Your steampunk box is stunning. I should think you would be so so pleased. I would be beside myself. I'm looking forward to learning what you do with that spindle and the bugs. Very eclectic.

JoZart said...

Your box configuration if fantabulous and how I wish I'd been there. I lvoed seeing all the photos and reading the explanation of all the interesting bits. Thanks so much for a fab post Ann,
Love JoZarty x
ps... will you please bring it to the agm for me to see for real?

Von said...

I love it Ann :) your configuration out of the box is such a great shape
Thank you for sharing it with us
Von xxx

Ta Da! Crafts said...

Great box, especially love all the clocks on the top.

Jacqueline said...

THAT is awesome!! I love that! Sooo much detail.

I have a workshop on saturday doung the Tim Holtz print tray in a christmas theme and I can't wait! Never done one of these before. :)


Thankfully (or not) I don't have a Mr S to give a heart attack about my purple hair lol but i sure did give my hairdresser a fright when i asked her to do it the last time! lol

The big letter "c" was for my 17 year old son and he loved it! They get harder to make gifts for the older they get....


Take care

Jackie xx

inkypinkycraft said...

Fab goodies on your desk, your creations look fab trace x

Julia Dunnit said...

It's marvellous Ann - really is a lovely oiece - I like the colour and choice of 'stuff' very much. Favourite bit has to be the glass knob - just evens up the balance!

bohemiannie! art said...

WOWZA!!! I totally LOVE this piece!!! You get an A+!!! Keep it comin, love.

And...thanks for stopping by my blog...I didn't have an email address to reply to...but this is what I wrote back...
LOL - thanks Ann B! But...isn't ALL fabric strokeable?!? :)

pat said...

Ann,
You out did yourself on this one. Very creative and unusual. You are a busy lady!!

butlersabroad said...

Love that project Ann, for someone who doesn't do grungy you did a brilliant job.

Hugs
Brenda 86

Sarah said...

So glad you enjoyed yourself - I had a ball and always relish the abundance of amazing supplies and fun. Fabulous box - and great that you stepped out in style - I'm a big Steampunk fan - it's always such a fun style!

Angie said...

I adore your box and love that the back has life too. Every time I see wooden cotton reels I think of my child hood and 'french knitting' with them.

L00py's Craft Creations said...

Oh I love it, havent attempted any steam punk yet, though keep meaning to. Very inventive, and somethign my Dad would adore, he's very "steam Punky"
Lou P #124

cockney blonde said...

Just seen your comment on my blog, sorry I haven't had an email from you :((

Elizabeth said...

Love your steampunk desk and the box is fabulous ... I'm slowly getting to grips with what steampunk is all about too and like the mix of industrial/mechanical/scientific references. Favourite bits are the watch faces. Elizabeth x #55

PS: I agree with you about the man in he previous post ... he does look a bit strained :)

Trish said...

Hey Ann, greatings from across the table! Thanks for your comment on my blog, and thanks for a great (messy, inky type) day!

Ephemera said...

WOW Just catching up with your posts. Brilliant steampunk creation, must have taken you so long to create but so satisfying and so many intricate parts to it. I really must go on one of the artsycraft classes but it looks like they will only have one a year from now on which is a shame. XX