arts and crafts · Decor · Etsy · Halloween · Steampunk · Upcycled

Steampunk + Halloween = Love

It’s JULY already!!!  Wow, the last month just blew right by me, and it’s been a whole month since I’ve posted here – oh my gosh!

I have been working in my craft room, but it’s mostly been replenishing items that have sold in my Etsy shop, Old Raven.  Things like my black widow spiders,

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there apparently is no ‘season’ for creepy spiders as these sell all year long.  I’ve also been selling, and remaking, my little Faux Log Fires like crazy.

I wish I could ask every one who buys one of these fires what they were using them for but I don’t want to be intrusive on my customers.  Still, I got the opportunity with one customer who told me her and her (grown) daughter still get together and make doll vignettes – how fun is that?  and it sounds like they have a blast, too.

But this is the time of year I start making Halloween treats for my shop.  And every year I make one Steampunkin.  It always seems to work out to just one per year, probably because they are so labor intensive, but man, I love how they come out.

This year I had plans for adding a propeller to the top of my pumpkin, it would turn and be made of riveted metal, cool.   But, a week ago, as I was out driving, running errands, I remembered something I had purchased at a second hand store.  It was the top portion of a photo display.  It was a chrome knob with an explosion of 18 silver wires coming out of it and at the end of each wire is a clip, presumably to display photographs on.  There was no base on it when I purchased it, but I thought it might be fashioned into a mobile or something along those lines.

As soon as I got home I ran to check on that salvaged piece and YES it would be perfect for the pumpkin I was working on.

So here it is, 2018’s Steampunkin.

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The ‘knob’ was the perfect size to be this pumpkin’s stem.  It was originally a bright chrome but I gave it some age when I added the patina of black to the rest of the pumpkin.  (p.s., I made a post called Steampunk Pumpkin on July 31, 2016.  It’s a 5 part ‘How To’ if you would like to see how these guys are made.)

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The wires are pretty sensitive and with the slightest breeze, the bats take flight.

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This is the first time I’ve made these bats.  They are a thin-let style die from Cheery Lyn Designs called Bat Family.  You get 6 bats with one cutting and each one is nicely different from the next in size and shape.  I really love how they came out. And they were perfect for dancing around my steampunkin’s head.  I just pierced a tiny hole in each and suspended them on black thread.

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That’s a lot of little pieces of riveted embossed foil, folks!  But this guy looks good from ever angle.

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This model of pumpkin has an electric light with a cord attached but I usually add a battery operated light too, with these guys, for folks who want to display the pumpkin but not bother with a cord.

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That’s a 12 inch ruler so you can get an idea of the actual size here.

I thought of a number of things to hang from the tips of those wires, like:  skeletons, candy like Hershey’s Kisses, little pumpkins, ghosts, crystal jewels, tiny ravens or a mix of everything.

I like 2018’s Steampunkin – he was fun to make and the use of my serendipitous purchase of the salvaged photo display made my day.  I LOVE upcycling things into my art.

This happy guy will be listed shortly in my Etsy shop.

 

 

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