torsdag 18. oktober 2012

Steampunk Christmas - a Christmas card with handmade steampunk googles and lights!

I entered a card competion at “Ski treffet” last weekend. The task was "Steampunk and Christmas".  I have never made any Steampunk before - had no metal gears to use - and did not really know where to start. I tried to find out what Steampunk really is - and found, that it`s a combination of Victorian vision of the future and science fiction. I thought the idea was just creasy - so I decided to just make the card/project completely crazy.

Without any gears - my search for gears started. Someone told me to go and find old watches - although new watches have few gears. 

Then I found this "Pandoras box” of a clock at a second hand shop - and it made my day :)

After looking through a lot of steampunk pictures - I decided that - in almost all of them - the people in the digistamps or pictures had Steampunk goggles. Then I decided to make a set of goggles to put into the card - just like tea lights in a tea light card.

The goggles are made of the cardboard center of a roll of kitchen cloths - but the cardboard center of a toilet roll or kitchen roll can also be used. The thicker the cardboard roll is - the better.  The cardboard roll has been cut to shape, and covered with paper.

The nose bridge on the glasses, is a recycled part of a draw handle (the nob has been removed). The straps are med from fake leather - and a recycled watch strap buckle has been used to close it.

The glasses are actually made of small sea though acrylic makeup containers. I also made a small draw for them, to place inside the card. 

OK - As if the goggles were not crazy enough - I decided to take it further. I wanted to place battery operated lights inside the card - with a switch that turns on the lights when you open the card!

So this is the inside of the card - with the lights, and the glasses.

The draw can be placed inside the box in the card. The motive is from Dulemba, coloured with promarkers

Wiring diagram for the lights

The switch itself, is a screw on the side of the card and a metal ring slotted inside the edge of the front of the card. The metal meets when the card is opened, which turns the switch on.

The front of the card.  A mixture of old clock parts, pars from a sewing machine and gears, cut with the silhouette.

The front of the card also has a working iris made ut of paper! I had a good look an the net for templates, however, the templates I found - were a bit wrong - so I redid it to make it work. 


Templates and Copyright - Please read.

This is my own template. The inspiration is from pictures of several metal Steampunk mechanical irises. You are free to use my templates, and publish your own craft. However, it would be nice if you link back to me. Please do not sell or publish my templates, as they are or edited! My templates are copyrighted by law.

Dette er min egen mal. Inspirasjonen er hentet fra bilder av flere mekaniske metall Steampunk iriser Du kan fritt bruke malen til å lage dine egne arbeider. Du kan også fritt publisere ditt eget arbeide. Jeg ville imidlertid satt pris på om du linket tilbake til meg. Du har ikke lov til å publisere eller selge mine maler, som de er eller redigert. Mine maler har copyright under  Åndsverksloven.


The motive is from Dulemba, coloured with promarkers

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16 kommentarer:

  1. This is so awesome! Thank you for the amazing tutorial--LOVE this!!! :)

  2. Wowwwwww fantastic creation dear talented creative:)
    I love all details and cute funny images:)
    Very Well done:)
    Happy weekend,

  3. wow oh wow!!! wonderful! Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine, good luck and hope you will join us again.

  4. Brilliant! Love your steampunk goggles and how you have cleverly packaged them! Sweet set! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  5. WOW! Awesome Steampunk Christmas, thanks for joining us at the Emerald Faeries Challenge this fortnight.

  6. Wow! Stunning it!

    Thanks for joining us at I Love Promarkers x

    Jenny x

  7. Ingen over, ingen ved siden, dette tar pusten fra meg. Og ikke minst jobben du har gjordt for å skaffe alle delene du trengte.

  8. Wow this is stunning, love the Christmas tree. Thank you for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers this week and good luck xx

  9. OMG this is awesome, wow, wow, wow, a brilliant design, what superb creativity, everything you have done with this project is amazing, thank you for joining our challenge at OLLCB
    lorraine x

  10. Fun card. Love the design.
    Annette - Netty's Cards
    Proud to design for ABC Christmas Challenge.

  11. what a fabbie fun card full of so many details so glad you joined us at Ooh La La

  12. Helt fantastisk. jeg fatter ikke hvordan du gjør det - og hvor du henter ideene fra! Igjen en fantastisk kreasjon til oss i Ooh La La! Tusen takk, jeg håper du kommer tilbake! Klem fra Lisbeth

  13. Very great creation. Thanks for joining Stamp with Fun.
    Big hug

  14. Dette er helt vanvittig stilig! Så røft og tøft!
    Takk for at du scrapper med NSHK
    Klem :)

  15. Himmel og hav for et arbeide, men guri så stilig!!!
    Tenk å få noe slikt i gave :)


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