Friday, April 18, 2014

Steampunk Beauty

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. 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:


  1. Welcome to the dungeon!! And what a fabulous Steampunk make-over. That brush never had a chance. Looks very cool, and I really like the addition of that (air) tube on the side. Very creative project. Thanks for playing along with us in the dungeon. Looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future.

  2. What a novel Idea. Great project and welcome to the Dungeon. Thanks for joining in our Steampunk Junque Challenge at HDH.

  3. How brilliant is this? LOVE your steampunk brush! Such an imaginative and perfectly done present! I am so impressed and love every tiny detail! Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your ingenious piece with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia x

  4. This is a brilliant idea. Awesome steampunk brush. Thanks for playing at hdh

  5. Your brush is gorgeous ! colors and details are perfect. Thank you for your participation at Sandee & Amelie steampunk challenges

  6. Wonderful creation! I love the wire that swirls around like that! Great media work too! Thank you for joining SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!
    All the best,

  7. Oh I would so love to brush my hair with your fab creation! Gorgeous work and so creative. Thanks so much for joining us in the dungeon at HDH. Hope to see you again. xxD

  8. Brilliant! I can only imagine e hairstyling this will creat!


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