Valentines is on the forefront and What to do!!!! It’s hearts,candy or roses or whatever…
Time to Change things up…Why not a little Steampunk Valentine. It all starts with a paper mache top hat from Darice, it comes in natural color, measures 9 x 11 inches, It was painted in a black matte. Hearts, metal, chipboard, blackboard (Chalkboard) and some with a corrugated appearance. Those are the basics.
Now the fun starts, Decorate the hearts with paper, bling, fabric, even sanding the metal hearts. But definitely embellishments and layer, layer and layer. My Good Friend Pat Camblin, gave me all of these little metal pieces and gear fronts, her husband Tom, has a machine shop.(Thanks Tom).
At first it might be a little over whelming, it’s fun and before you know it your creating a story (well maybe it was my mind). As you soon as you hot glue the first piece you won’t to stop.
The trick is find lot’s of misc doo dads (go to your husbands tool chest or Home Depot. Look for washers, screws, wingnuts, bolts, springs and start adding. The mini gears are Tim Holtz’s Idea-ology. I cleared out so many doo dads containers.(Things I’ve been hoarding). I received a lot from Pat. *(Thanks, Pat) I found a piece of paper lying on the floor inside the scrapbook store, it wasn’t trash it had yarn tied in a bow going through it, I knew it wasn’t going to be used, So, I took it home and added it to my hat, before adding I stamped a pair of lips (my own wouldn’t have looked so good) It was a stamp that Stampin Up! use to sell. I added some Beautiful Bling from the Buckle Boutique, Their bling comes in self adhesive sheets that are 20″ x 10″ sheet in multiple colors and designs.
Time to stand and attach, I took scissors and punch holes into the top hat,I decided to hot glue the hearts onto cake pop sticks from Wilton’s and Paper Straws in Taupe and Red from Darice. The paper straws are very flimsy with a heavy heart glued to them, I wrapped a light weight coil wire at the bottom of the straw and it allowed it to stand upright after placing in the hole. For the bigger hearts that were on the cake pop sticks I attached 2 sticks and also did the wire around them. This will sit on my dining room until Valentines day.
The term itself comes from science fiction novels. It was allegedly coined by author Kevin Jeter as a way of distinguishing him and fellow tetro-tech sci-fi writers from future-loving “cyberpunks” like William Gibson. But it’s grown into a whole visual style, and even a philosophy. It’s all about mixing old and new: fusing the usability of modern technology with the design aesthetic and philosophy of the Victorian age. Or as US young fiction author Caitlin Kittredge put it: “It’s sort of Victorian-industrial, but with more whimsy and fewer orphans…”
In its glibbest sense, it can be seen as a way of giving your personal technology a goth make-over. Imagine a top of the range computer pimped out to look like an old typewriter, or an iPhone dock that lets you answer your phone using an old brass and wood receiver. But at its deepest, it’s a whole way of looking and living: and a colourful protest against the inexorable advance of technology itself. And it’s a trend that’s sneaking its way into loads of different sectors: from fashion to film, interior design to video games.
Steampunk is modern technology—iPads, computers, robotics, air travel—powered by steam and set in the 1800’s Steampunk is an inspired movement of creativity and imagination. With a backdrop of either Victorian England or America’s Wild West at hand, modern technologies are re-imagined and realized as elaborate works of art, fashion, and mechanics. If Jules Verne or H.G. Wells were writing their science fiction today, it would be considered “steampunk.”