Sunday, 7 October 2012

Steampunk Bee!

Oh get me! My first attempt at steampunk! Actually it's my first attempt at a couple of things, but on the whole I'm pretty OK with how they've come out :D

Last year my old teamie Crom aka Helen from Croms Cubby Hole made a fantastic 3D embellishment using her melt pot. I was so impressed by it that I thought maybe one day I'd have a play. Now I have to say part of the reason I didn't attempt it before was that it looked a bit intimidating. However, I'm pleased to report that Helen was right and it was indeed relatively straight forward. So much so that it's definitely something that I will be repeating! Infact look out for take two of the bee ;D


I altered an old beer mat by covering with torn papers, paint, modelling paste and glimmer spray and adhering a computer generated sentiment onto it.


The bee is of course Big Bee by Jo Capper-Sandon which has been stamped numerous times, decoupaged and then given a bath in UTEE before being adorned with various cogs and springs. I made the little key in his back from two Woodware brads.


My only disappointment with this project was the chain! I tried just about every fast method to get one to rust, but NONE of the fast methods worked for me (I think I'm lil Miss Impatient). So I'm currently trying a slower method that looks like it's working. In view of this, I resorted to using a brass chain that should tarnish fairly quickly!

 So what do you reckon?

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Make It Monday - Anything goes
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything goes
Craftymess - Anything goes
The Stampman - Butterflies, Birds & Bees
Craftroom Challenge - Alter It
LEJ Designs - Steampunk
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything goes
That Craft Place - Make your own background

32 comments:

  1. Claire it`s brilliant!
    I love the design and colours.
    Dx

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  2. He is GORGEOUS! I mean seriously stunning!

    I just love the mental image of him taking a bath in hot UTEE :D I am ashamed to say I still have not played with my melt pot but it is one tool I have bought that I refuse to sell and give up on - this is exactly why! I must have a play!

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  3. Wow... your bee is absolutely stunning, Claire!

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  4. Claire this is gorgeous. I never would have thought it was your first attempt at steampunk & I think it's safe to say you have nailed it hun.
    I saw your wall hanging on MIM :0
    hugs Mandy xx

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  5. Claire, I think this looks really great, and love the cogs on his back. Helen

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  6. I love, love, love this! Absolutely fantastic! Twine might make a good replacement for rusted chain if you can get the rust.

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  7. This wall hanging is stunning,Claire. I Love/adore it. xx

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  8. Gorgeous, so creative, thanks for joining us at Craftymess.

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  9. Goodness me this is amazing. I never thought that a beer mat could look so good. You have a wonderfully creative imagination. Thanks for joining us at Craft Room Challenge and good luck. Julia xxxx

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  10. This is beautiful. Lovely colours and embellishments. Everything works so well together. Hugs Desíre {Doing Life - my personal blog}

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  11. A stunning project love everything about it thanks for joining us at LEJ Designs
    Carol DT x

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  12. Wow what a stunning project Clairey!!! I love it. At last you used your melt pot (yeah, how long ago did you buy that?). Absolutely love the results hun and love the embellishments you have added. Thank you for your lovely comment babes and yes we must must get together for a natter very soon. Big hugs Clare xxx

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  13. Magnificent project, love your fabulous steampunk bee on the gorgeous background.

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  14. I absolutely love your bee! Thanks so much for playing with us this week at Through The CraftRoom Door (TTCRD)
    Huggs
    Sandi

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  15. ph wow thats amazing thank you so much for joining in and sharing this with us at LEJ xx

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  16. This is brill! I'm another one that bought a melt pot yonks ago and never used it. This is really inspiring and I would never have thought to dip a decoupaged object, maybe I need to brush the dust off my melting pot.. xx

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  17. Oh wow this is fab your so clever at these sorts of things I love visiting your blog always something new to see and try not so sure my purse enjoys the visits as much!
    Jenny x

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  18. WOW this is one awesome steampunk bee blownaway by it. On behalf of both Craft-Room Challenge and The Stamp Man thank you for sharing your fabulous art with us. XOXO Zoe

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  19. I love this bee hanging- great details, thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room challenge, Debi x

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  20. really gorjuss claire, well done on a fantastic make and thank you for joining us at Craftymess challenge blog

    Hugs
    Judie xx

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  21. STUNNING Claire! It's a wonderful piece of steampunk altered art - you have achieved so much dimension. I love it! Thank you for sharing with us at the Craft Room "Alter It" challenge! Wishes, Suzanne :)

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  22. Oh sweetie this is totally awesome.........love that bee soooooooo much, the only bee I do actually love lol. I dont know what to say as I really love this so kinda stuck for words.........I know highly unusal for me lol.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

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  23. This is fabulous Claire. Totally love that bee.

    Thanks for commenting on my blog hun. Have you joined the Outcast forum yet? Why don't you? There's a great bunch there.

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  24. just saw this on the Craft-room challenge...and had to get a closer look...fabulous creation!!! love the steampunk fly!

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  25. Wow, wow, wow, this is stunning Claire x

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  26. Wow! Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing it with us at That Craft Place Challenge :) xxx

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  27. stunning!!!
    I'll be featuring you this week @ Inspire Me Fridays, thanks so much for linking up!!

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  28. What a fabulous piece, the bee is brilliant. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

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  29. Completely fantastic piece - I absolutely love your steampunk bee, and the background is to die for!
    Alison x

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  30. Lovely background and Fab bee. I'd love to know more about how your made it - is there a u-tube tutorial on this technique?

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