Saturday, May 10, 2014

Steampunk on Sunday: The Scream.

So, I took some photos
of the Steampunk Study
as it's almost complete 
and I wanted to show
the nice, new cuckoo clock.

Here are the photos.

I didn't add anything.
There is no Photoshopping.

Eat your heart out,
Everard Munch

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Steampunk on Sunday: Jack et la Mecanique du Coeur.

I found this film through Facebook.
I don't know if it will be available in the US or the UK,
I just know it looks amazing!

(Literally, Jack and the mechanics of the heart)
is a French animated Steampunk film
based on an album by the French band

Jack is born in Edinburgh,
on the coldest day of the year 
and his frozen heart won't start. 

To save him, the midwife replaces his heart 
with a cuckoo clock.

That will keep him alive, with one caveat.

Never fall in love...

Teaser trailer here, in French.

I hope this comes out with subtitles
as my French is mauvais to say the least.

Friday, February 14, 2014

My Bloody Valentine

Welcome to 
my little corner of
Holly's Horrorland

Please keep your vampire safe because...

....I'll be offering helpful hints and tips
for making your own
Vampire Killing Kit.

Like this one.

I was originally inspired by
this post on
and have been adding bits and pieces
over the past two years.

So far, mine looks like this.

For details on how I aged  and patinated 
the wooden box, go here. 

When it's all complete
it's for my lovely Hubby
and will live in his 
Steampunk Study.

Contents are all important.

I'm slowly gathering the goodies.
Tiny candles. A valuable note book.
A wooden cross. Little phials full of eldritch potions.

A bible, of course.

I couldn't find an old one.
(Not one I could afford, anyway.)

So I took a Dollar Tree one in white plastic,
sprayed the edges of the pages 
with gold spray paint.

I painted the leather effect cover in black.
Painted it and sanded it, and painted it again, and sanded it
until it looks and feels like real leather.

Instant Victorian bible.

I needed a notebook.
This one comes from Dr Polidori's library, as it says.

He was a hunk, 
was Dr Polidori.

I bought a $1 hard backed notebook,
glued on a plastic frame,
 painted said book and the detail in the frame
and added the Ex Libris plaque.

Inside, I aged it with tea 
and the occasional mysterious stain,
and added script and sketches.

There's a lot of Vampire Killing Kits out there.
But I hadn't seen one with an altar.

This is a Christmas decoration, 
with a Victorian Sacred Heart print

Glued to the inside of the lid
the box now opens to look like a miniature altar.
I just need something to hold the tiny candles
on either side.

As a fancy touch
I added a brass stamping
of cupids and garlands.

Maybe it's a
Lady's Vampire Killing Kit.?

It's been a lot of fun assembling this,
and I'm not alone.

Vampire Killing Kits
are practically a cottage industry out there.

If you've made one
or are thinking of making one,
I'd love to see!

Thank you for visiting.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Invention of love

Invention of Love 

A  Steampunk love story
and a cautionary tale.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Ghost of Christmas Past

If you love, LOVE Halloween 
and you're sorry when it's all over, 
you might be interested in this blog post 
from last year about making  a 
Marley Door Knocker Wreath.

It doesn't really need a tutorial.

It just needs a dollar store Halloween knocker,
some round rings
and  metallic paint.

The knocker was inspired by 
this amazing sculpture

Magnificent, isn't it?

 Meanwhile, in the Study, 
Mr Narrator and I have been co-writing away 
on a Steampunk piece.

Go here to

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Steampunk on Sunday: Random goodies on Etsy

So, as it's that time of year,
 I thought I'd take a stroll through Etsy
 and see what Steampunk goodies I can find.


Silver Scissor Bracelet
Cyber Monday Sale


Steampunk Vent Necklace


Geode Roosting Bat


Scientifica 11




Edible gears


Plague Doctor Mask


Steampunk Spiral Time


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Steampunk on Sunday: The Lantern Tutorial

Pretty little glowing lantern

This was inspired by those decorated
glass bottles you see around the 'Net.

Some are really fancy, with 
vintage images, flowers and scraps,
but I wanted one that could be used as a lantern.
or even filled with homemade treats
like this recipe for tiger butter.

You start with a square jar.
This is jam, from the Dollar Tree.
(I've opened it and it's pretty good jam, for a dollar)
Square jars aren't that hard to find
and they're more ecological
than round ones.


Fancy-schmancy resin frames turn up at this time of year
as Christmas tree ornaments.
You may already have one or two.

Dollar stores/pound shops also stock small photo frames.
As long as the frame makes contact with the side of the jar
it's a suitable candidate.

Like this selection, here.

First, remove the card back
on the decoration frames. 
It just peels off.
You can pick at the 
grungy cardboard bits left over.

 take out the back and the glass
on the little photo frames.

You do have E6000 glue, right?
At less than $3 it's probably the most radical thing
to happen in my little crafting life.

Test the frame against the nice, clean, dry jar.

Take note of where the frame touches the jar.
Add the glue to just that area 
where the frame makes contact.

Give it a few seconds to go tacky.
FIRMLY press to the jar,
 and hold.

(Addendum: About hot glue. 
If you check my tutorial
from a broken stemware,
I tried hot glue.
The glass stem shattered...
So, no. No hot glue
on glass)

See me reflected in the frame?

If you want to use the lid, screw it on
and leave it there
for the whole gluing process.

You can also glue the frame on
upside down
with the lid as the base,
for use with battery tea lights
or to build little tableaux.

Keep the jar and frame upright,
as the glue dries,
so that the lantern is stable when it's finished.

And that's it.

You can use tea lights,
real or fake.
 You could put in photographs
or charms or beads.

Or a Christmas tree.

The lantern at work
in Hubby's Steampunk Study.

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