Here is my latest diorama! I am so proud of this one.
How I made
Bricks: Mixed sand and red paint, painted a piece of cardstock, let it dry. Then I cut out and glued down each individual brick (because I am crazy) and when that was dry I washed it all with watered down black paint to age it.
Robot: cut pieces of copper pipe, filled with hot glue (tried clay at first, didn't work) stuck in the spring neck and legs, let dry, painted the hot glue. The hands and feet are jewelery findings, and I glued the arms on with E6000 and painted the glue when it was dry. I probably should have used JB Kwik, which i did use for the other metal bits, but I didn't have it at the time.
Floor, crates, cabinet, window frame, door frame, shelves: popsicle sticks. Crates are filled with hot glue and the metal odds and ends stuck in. Metal bits on shelves and screws on the cabinet are glued down with JB Kwik.
Peg board: cardboard with holes burned in with my heat tool. Tools: purchased from dollhouse section of craft store.
Yes, it is even more ceramic tile coasters, but we can always use more coasters, right? These are with scrapbook paper from a pack I think was called Friendly Forest or something like that, that I got on clearance. Yay clearance!
The colors got a bit washed out in the first pic, they're more true to life in this one:
I've been using Mod Podge to glue the paper, then sealing with Mod Podge, and with Triple Thick Glaze, then spray acrylic sealer, but I'm going to try some with varnish or something else instead of Triple Thick because it's kind of expensive. I apply everything with a sponge roller, which gives a subtle texture that I really like. Oh, and I've got adhesive cork on the back to protect surfaces.
I've made several sets of these, it's a great way to use up my scrapbook paper so I can make room . . . to buy more scrapbook paper, lol!
I posted a while back about getting all these short cardboard tubes from my boyfriend's mom. They held yarn, and when she uses up the yarn, she gives me the tubes. Thanks to a suggestion from here, I've been making lots of cuff bracelets out of them by covering them with scrapbook paper, coating with Mod Podge and Triple Thick Glaze, then sealing with acrylic sealant. I think they've been turning out nice! Here's a couple of pics of my favorite one:
Oh, I also made that paper hand to display them for photos, pretty simple really, just traced my own hand.
Goggles and gun are already explained in their own posts, on to the rest.
Vest: purchased. Waist cincher: already owned. Shirt: purchased then dyed a bit duller white. Hard to see in the pic since I was in the sun, but it's not bright white in real life. Pants: purchased, then altered. I cut the bottoms off and made them smaller, grommetted and laced up the sides, and sewed them back on, pleating the legs on the side seams. I bought the socks, two pairs so one could be arm warmers. Oh, and I made the gun's holster. Oh and those shoes are awesome! They were originally $140, I got them at a discount store for $40! And for such a high heel, they're actually pretty comfy. Here's a better pic of the shoe:
The wings! The wings I've been working on forever, trial and error. The support frame is made from copper pipes soldered together. The spines are slats from a broken set of wood blinds I got super cheap at Big Lots. The fabric is just muslin, with grommets to tie it to the spines. They open and close by pulling a string which hooks onto some jean buttons I hammered into my belt. The black belt with the big grommets is chained to the support frame to help hold it on. There are also brown straps attached with D-rings that are attached to the pipes with pipe clamps.
Since the wings don't operate by steam power or clockwork, I guess it's not really steampunk, huh. It's stringpunk! Anyway, comments and critiques welcome, though I don't have time for any drastic changes. If you're gonna be at DragonCon, see you there!
To make the leaves images, I used some Photoshop brushes I got from here: http://www.obsidiandawn.com/ I auto-traced them in Illustrator, made them huge, divided them into letter paper sized sheets, printed them out, stuck them to contact paper, cut them out, then stuck the contact paper to the walls to use as a stencil. Looked like this while I was stenciling:
Two different colors of contact paper because I ran out of the first one, and that's what was in the garage.
Here's close-ups of the stenciling:
Here's the wall opposite the larger stenciled image, where I framed some pieces of scrapbook paper:
And here's where I was like, "Oops, I already painted the trim and put a bit of the new colors on the walls to show my boyfriend, so I can't get a 'before' pic but I can get a 'during' pic."
Thanks for looking! Comments and critiques welcome!
A few months ago I moved into my boyfriend's house, and most of the crappy decor was here when he moved in, so he's fine with my upgrading it. I just made this:
to replace this:
Yeah, that old curtain is lace ducks and hearts. Not really his style or mine. I don't have the motivation or the funds yet to redo the wallpaper, so the butterfly border is staying for now, and it will just have to coexist as best it can with my new curtain.
Hey, this is a prop for my steampunk costume that I'm working on in stages. I already posted the goggles here and I won't post anything else until it's all done. I just wanted to go ahead and show the gun, because I'm really proud of it, even though there are tons of guns like it posted all over the rest of the internet.
Here it is:
And here it is before, sitting on our old really ugly kitchen table that has since been replaced:
So, yeah, basically I repainted a Nerf gun. Simple, right? But, I wanted it to still work, so I had to take it apart to paint the pull-back piece. But then, every time I pulled it back, it scraped off the paint, no matter what kind of paint or sharpie I used. So, I sanded it down smaller, painted it again, then coated it with resin, sprayed it with WD-40, and that seems to have stopped the scraping.
There's lots of different kind of paint on it: base coat of black spray paint, then copper spray paint, gold and silver paint pens, metallic sharpies, metallic acrylics, and watered down black acrylic to make it look old and dirty.