Monday, 7 April 2014

HDH Macabre Monday #186 Steampunk Junk.

Welcome back to another exciting Macabre Monday challenge!!
The new challenge theme is
StEaMpUnK JuNk
That's right, it's time to gather up those bits and bobs, odd and ends, and
make something Steampunk-y with them!
That's why there are metallic paints, right?
The idea is to reuse, or up-cycle something(s) in your junk drawer,
or something destined for the trash bin.
Make it into a Steampunk inspired project.
Got it?

I decided to create a tealight holder for the current theme.and to steampunkify it to fit in with the current challenge using techniques learnt on Andy Skinners Timeworn Techniques Class. I gathered up my supplies of chipboard and lots of lovely DecoArt Acrylic paints and mediums.
First I cut a large tag and circle from the chipboard. The circle was then cut in half and glued together to give a sturdy base to attach the tag. The tag was then given the grunged up treatment with DecoArt Acrylic Paints to give the impression of worn metal. Chipboard gears were then cut using a tim holtz die and aged to look like worn brass, then attached to the tag. A skull was then cut from chipboard on my new Brother Scan N cut machine as well as the Top Hat, which was then cut in half. After a treatment of paint on the skull a gear was added strategically over one of the eye sockets and then the skull attached to the tag along with the now decorated Top Hat. The tag was then attached to the base using strong glue ( E6000 ). A coat of DecoArt Matte spray sealer was then added to protect the paintwork. A wrought iron fence was then cut using the Bother Scan N Cut and attached around the perimeter to form an enclosure.  DecoArt Texture sand was then applied to a battery operated tea light bought from the pound shop a bargain at three for a quid. Once dry it was then grunged up with more DeoArt Acrylic Paint. To finish off two apothecary bottles were aged and an antique label applied ( created in photoshop ) and placed either side of the tea light. Quite pleased how this project turned out. Over the next two weeks we want to see your Steampunk Junk Inspired creations. So head on over to Haunted Design House and join in the fun. I'd sure like to see you over there.
                                                                  Finished Project.

                                                                 Close Up.

                                                                Angled Shot.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read.
Hugs Fiona.


  1. Fabulous tealight holder you created, great look you got! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  2. Oh what a fabulous tea light holder you've created, Fi! That skully look so dapper in his top hat and I love the bits and bobs you've added. xxD

  3. I love a skully man with a top hat. :) yes this is so wonderful. your art just amazes me.
    susan s