Monday, July 25, 2011

A short commercial intermission

Presenting  Dr Algernon Crupper's  Steam-Syphon Eductoring Aetheric Pistol. ( Or, it's amazing what you can do with a water pistol, some cheap spray paint and a long afternoon.)

This was hubby's birthday card last year. It fits the theme of the  (Victorian Gothic Steampunky) study and I hope to make a neat little box to store it in.  It's gold and red and vaguely 19 th century  I've seen a lot of very beautiful, very engineered steampunk artifacts  on-line and I do not pretend, for one minute, that this is their equal. This was just something  that was fun to make. from old bits and pieces.

The images on the flyer come from the wonderful  Graphics Fairy . Queen Victoria's signature,  to the left of the flags, I copied and pasted from an old document I found on-line. Isn't the internet great?

The other side of the pistol is here. I made the gauge from an old torch(that's a flashlight to you). I'm not entirely happy with it,  but it balances out the weapon's shape and adds some weight. I deliberately made both sides different, to try and (hopefully) disguise the plastic water pistol  shape

Does the pistol work? Of course! The device on the top contains one of those LED candles, which flickers  in a sinister and convincing way when viewed from the business end.  The light and the mock-cloisonne effect were the things that pleased me the most. That and the fact it has lasted for nine months without falling apart, which suggests pure luck guided me to the right kind of glue 


  1. Wow! Your gun is sooo wonderful I am sure your husband will be completely thrilled with it. Amazing job of putting it together. I just showed it to my husband and he really loved it! My husband is from Arkansas and I have visited a few times so it's hard to imagine a Gothic dungeon there but I am sure it can be done, cool! My husband was here in Florida on business when I snagged him and we both live in Florida now. Thank you for visiting my blog and yes the mermaid is a stamp from ALpha Stamps. Isn't she a cutie?


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