I told you I had the steampunk bug...
I cannot stop!
This time I went for a brush.
Kaely is a hairdresser and she works at a kind of alternative/comicon cosmetic company--I figured this would be perfect, or at the very least it provides a good excuse to punk up the steam!
I started with a brush from Dollar Tree.
After covering the bristles with tape, I spray painted the brush black with chalkboard paint.
I like chalkboard paint because it seems to accept the metallic acrylic paints and rubs better
I cut gears out of very thin Dollar Tree craft foam.
I then spray painted them with the black chalkboard paint, followed by a coat of metallic craft paint like DecoArt.
Some of the gears are actually lock washers from the hardware store that I embossed. They come in a variety of sizes and are very inexpensive.
Gauges...do a Bing Image search for "printable steampunk gauges" and you will be happily rewarded!
I was very fortunate to find a brush that already had these fabulous scales on it, but I added sauder tacks with tacky glue applied with a toothpick. After it was dry I painted with gold acrylic followed by a rub of black paint to age it and give it a more metal-like look.
I glued a nut onto the side and added a length of gold wire to create a tube for something...air?
That's what the gauges are for... to read the amount of air. Ya. Okay, that works ;)
Before passing this lovely on to Kaely I'm entering it in: