In search of the Victorian.
This is a journal of my quest; to turn the back room of an Arkansas frame house into a 19th century study. A 19th century, Time-traveler's, Steampunk, Gothic vampire's study. With knobs on. And to do this on a pocket-money budget. I'm trying to get to that piece of roadside furniture before you paint it white. I'm going to make make tassels and tapestries and tea-trays and recreate gloomy, Gothic London in Arkansas' brilliant sunshine. Wish me luck...
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Steampunk on Sunday : Mister Steambike
So, I was bored, you know?
Done the laundry and cooked the goose.
(Yes, a goose. It was nummy.)
I'd been sewing rabbits and went looking for
my jar of roses and ribbons to trim them.
And I happened across this chap.
I'd bought hm from the Dollar Tree ages ago.
I forget how much he cost...
Anyway, I thought he was sweet, but lacking something.
He had a rather jaunty trike and a top hat and splendid mustachios.
He was almost Steampunk!.
And so I abandoned the bunnies
and set to with the glue gun
and the cheap brassy gold paint.
First, the gluing.
Goggles, of course.
a chimney for the steam
a hopper for the coal and fancy cast iron scrolls.
Then, some gold paint. Rather a lot of gold paint.
The thicker layers look nice and brassy.
and tie all the assorted plastic bits together.
I made sure the clockwork still moved.
It didn't like all the paint and glue but
Mister Steambike still rolls.
He's not quite complete.
I need to patina the harsh brassy finish
and I hope to add a gauge and some tubing.
But well begun is half done, as Mary Poppins tells us.