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« on: November 28, 2017 04:58:01 PM »

I bought the pattern from LostWax and followed his Airship tutorial to make this super fun ornament for the Steampunk Christmas Ornament swap.

I decided to make everyone the same ornament so I had to cut out enough pieces for four ships. Pretty easy really. This (really cheap) craft foam is super soft and simple to cut. It also is soft enough to make divots to look like screw holes just by applying a little pressure with an ink pen nib.

Then I hot glued all the pieces together. The pattern creator gives lots of good tips in his video. Among them was the use of a silicone baking mat when hot gluing the body of the ship together. You can apply the hot glue, put the pieces together and immediately put the pieces down on the mat. This keeps the pieces together and helps hold their shape while they cool without sticking to the mat. It was so helpful!

Fun fact. Those two little tools that look like pens -one is black the other is white- are tools we use to get circular or punch biopsies from skin specimens. They are razor sharp and cut out circles perfectly! No worries, these were brand new and never used and any skin. As a matter of fact we don't even do this procedure in our lab but my boss is a hoarder and couldn't say no when they were offered to us from another lab. Great find for me though since a regular hole punch does not cut through the foam and cutting them out freehand was making me crazy!

Here I've applied dots of epoxy to look like rivets. It was probably the hardest part, mostly because I do not have any amount of patience to speak of, but it really adds to the fabricated metal look.

Painted it all black

My favorite part, adding the metallic wax paint. So fun! I chose three different metallics (all I could find locally): silver, rose gold and a brighter silver called silver spark. I really think brass would be cool. Maybe next time. Wink The paint is applied like antiquing or dry brushing; sparingly and in layers. I used my fingers to apply it since I felt like this gave me a little more control over it.


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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2017 05:35:26 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2017 06:00:09 PM »

Ok, those are amazing and also Wow each element of production is interesting & clever. I like how the rose contrasts so subtly with the silvers & agree brass/bronze/copper would look fantastic as well.
& I've had that biopsy for a mole. Effective little tool. I'd like some of those in my stash for punchingg out foam. Ingenious of you.
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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2017 08:03:28 AM »

Wow! Those are crazy amazing!

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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2017 09:28:29 AM »

WOW! These are so cool!

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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2017 10:15:13 AM »

From craft foam to mettalic beauty?!  My mouth is on the floor.  FANTASTIC!

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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2017 11:39:36 AM »

These are amazeballs!

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« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2017 01:33:02 PM »

Very impressive metallic dirigibles--I particularly like the little bat wing fins!  I've never heard of anyone using biopsy tools for art until reading this thread, but that's a neat way to repurpose them, and I don't doubt that they can get into all sorts of hard-to-reach spots that traditional hole punches can't.  If you tinkered with the design a bit, I imagine that these would make spiffy steampunk submarines too!
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« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2017 01:59:25 PM »

Whoa, these are fantastic! So many fun details! Thanks for sharing your process.

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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2017 05:20:53 PM »

Thanks for all the love ya'll! I'm pretty darn impressed with myself. Embarrassed  lol!
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