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This was a project that at first glance at the challenge my gut instinct was "Nope, I can't do that"...but I carried on reading and something sparked in my imagination, ideas began to happen. Me, being me, I just dismissed them, but they kept lurking....and I was starting to think "Perhaps?"
The subject was 'Fairytales, into our Steampunk world' and the idea in my head was the Wizard of Oz....a favourite story of mine.
I still had one of the houses from the Range and I wanted to make the house very Steampunk (if I could figure out how, having never done Steampunk before) and I would focus on the Wicked Witch of the West.....
Like I said, Steampunk wasn't something I had ever done before...I did some research online, found some amazingly inspiring things and began to make notes of what I had that I could use on this project...It seemed I had enough items to have a go and I thought "Lets just see what happens"...I figured if Steampunk wasn't my thing, then no one need ever know about it ;o)
The first idea that stuck in my head was this - I had the Wicked Witch of the West....
I began to consider bringing all characters in - then I thought it would get too crazy! I decided to focus on the Wicked Witch of the West and her hunt for the ruby slippers.
Here is the finished house - Sometimes I like how the photos turn out but today I think they are a bit disappointing - they really don't capture the magic of this. I am so pleased with how it turned out, but the photos sadly don't capture it....I even went outside to see if natural light helped....
Anyway - enough of my poor photographs and on with how I did it!
First I covered the walls with a set of brown paper, with Steampunk words and images. Then I had some metal embossed card and I covered it with black acrylic paint, smooshed over with a babywipe and then sprayed with metallic glimmer mists. I cut separate sections for the edge of the roof to give a slight 'winged' effect.
Lets see all four sides of the house -
The Wicked Witch of the West is, naturally, on the west side of the house - And she is looking for those ruby slippers....I stamped the image and painted her face with Peeled Paint DI and coloured the background to match the rest of the paper I chose for the house (Frayed Burlap was a good match) I cut her hat out of card, blended Black Soot DI and stamped an image of clocks over it with archival ink. I used glossy accents to create the glass on the binoculars.
I stuck the skull and crossbones behind her hat and cut a strip of metallic ribbon for her hat brim.
As for her broom....well surely a Steampunk witch will have a steering wheel? I used a twig from the garden and using the same method as making the fringed flower, I made a broom, securing it with rusty wire and adding a few wire curls for an added mechanical look.
The wings....I couldn't create a hurricane, so for this creation, the house 'flew'! I covered the wings with Frayed Burlap DI on both sides and then on the other side I spritzed with a variety of metallic glimmer mists.
Now the South side of the house -
.I attached various left over pieces of 'metal' effect card and attached gold brads. Texture paste was applied to corners and covered with copper glimmer mist painted on with a paintbrush. A bronze cog was added and I made a clock and compass out of images from the paper covering the walls and stuck onto various card and glossy accents were applied to make the glass effect. I also used bits of broken jewellery to the wire and the clock.
This is the East side of the house -
Again bits of leftover 'metal' was used to decorate the side of the house. A cog was stuck on and a heart cut of card, edged in frayed Burlap and had rusty wire wrapped around it with a compass stuck on that had been coated in glossy accents. The pendant had a clock face attached to it and then I applied glossy accents...after it had dried it looked too neat and not grungy enough...so I dabbed on some rock candy crackle glaze and after that was dry I wiped it with some black acrylic paint and then wiped the paint away revealing the cracks...
And of course it is the East side of the house where the ruby slippers are
Lets see the North side of the house....
Here you can see the cogs just below the roof. This was done with embossed card which had black acrylic paint smooshed over it with a babywipe. This was then covered with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain.
I used bits of leftover 'metal' effect card...this time applying eyelets to one piece and threading rusty wire though - because the wire was difficult to bend it buckled the card giving a lovely wonky effect - Happy serendipity!
I attached a key and a metal label holder with the word 'Steampunk' inside. The pointing finger is declaring 'Danger' - as it is pointing to where the Wicked Witch of the West is beginning her search.....
And the directions of the house? Indicated by the weathervane.....
I constructed this from rusty wire. Made into a cross and stuck together at the joint with glue...I then moulded texture paste around the joint - to hide the wires and make it look more grungy.
I drew the rooster shape and cut two pieces out of card. I painted them with Vintage Photo DP and then sprayed with a dark copper glimmer mist to give a rusty look. When the texture paste was dry I did exactly the same thing.
I then got the N,S,E & W letters from my collection of metal letters (I wanted one of the letters to be smaller case so chose the 'E') I attached them to the wire, sticking leftover cog embossed card on the back and covering this with the copper glimmer mist painted on.
I had the most wonderful time making this little house. I adored stepping into the world of Steampunk - It is so much fun! - and I do hope you have enjoyed seeing it!
Hope to see you all soon!
I would like to enter this into the following challenges -
Sandee & amelie's Steampunk Challenges - Fairytales into our Steampunk world 3D
Simon Says - Fly
Craft-room challenge - In the library