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Author Topic: Is My Steampunk Gift a Good Idea?  (Read 1442 times)
BleedingSparkles
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« on: November 28, 2012, 03:58:20 pm »

I have a close relative who loves anything Steampunk but is fairly new to it. She has only purchased some corsets so far.

So I had the idea for her Christmas gift of making her a sort of "Starter Kit"

I have been decorating a jigsaw box with a collage of printed timepieces, apothecary tags, old newsprint, Victorian scraps etc and I have some pieces of broken jewellery, brassy looking chains, cameo brooches and the like which I am going to add on. Where I am struggling is what to put in the box.

I do have a plastic gun in process, which I am going to put in, I thought maybe making some lace wristbands with gears or something.

I also wanted to make a lightbulb terrarium, what do I put in it? Soil? Seeds? A cactus? That may be a silly question to some but I know next to nothing about Steampunk I have just been researching endlessly. (Although I very much like a lot of what I have seen  Smiley)

Are there any other ideas for things to put in the box? and as a new Steampunk would you have been pleased to receive a gift like this or is it a terrible idea? Thanks!
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MechanicalMouse
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2012, 04:38:09 pm »

All wonderful ideas. Love the idea of a light bulb terrarium. I'd go for something like and air plant. not only are they almost imposible to kill, but they have a tentacle alien like appearance.

You could also instead of attaching the gears to the lace wrist band, use gears as a stencil and lightly spray paint the lace.

Old keys are also nice.
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BleedingSparkles
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2012, 04:55:20 pm »

Thanks for replying!

The stencil idea sounds really good actually I may do that instead. As for old keys, I think my mother has some in her craft room so I will dig some out and have a play around  Wink
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jcbanner
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2012, 07:43:44 pm »

not sure you need to put anything in the box. the decorated box itself can be the gift, something to collect and keep little curios in.
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BleedingSparkles
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2012, 09:58:06 am »

It was originally just going to be a box then I thought maybe it needs something inside, now it's all down to time really. If I get the box finished with time left for something else I will put something in it, if not then it will just be a box, hopefully she will like it either way Smiley
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Hatefly
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2012, 05:04:37 pm »

Put a Dremel in it  Wink

Lace, leather, brass parts, clock movements, old keys, etc.
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BleedingSparkles
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2012, 11:37:15 am »

Good idea then with bits and pieces like that she could start making her own things and would probably prefer that.

I am really pleased with how it's coming along so far I can upload pictures when it's finished if people here would be interested in seeing it.
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ktara
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2012, 06:22:01 am »

Well, if she doesn't like it I'll take it Smiley

It sounds like a wonderful gift!  I'd love to see it when you're done.
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SPBrewer
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« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2012, 10:56:22 pm »

I'm going with my first thought here....
My second thought was don't say it.
Then my third thought was, go ahead.

So with a vote of 2 to 1, I'll ask.....

Does she suffer from Hysteria?   Grin


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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2012, 06:55:50 am »

Your gift sounds awesome! How thoughtful Smiley

As for the terrarium, some small rocks and moss would work, and it's very easy to take care of. A succulent plant would also be good, as they don't take much to care for I think.

Do post photos of the gift, it sounds lovely!
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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2013, 05:29:06 am »

So,my dear B.S.-wait a minute that doesn't good Undecided-anywho,how did it turn out?

Are you still with us? If you are say,a little unsure as to whether you should show it or not,don't be afraid. All sorts of projects in various degrees of completion and technique are shared here. And 99%(that damned bugger 1% Angry) of us gladly show respect and encouragement. Smiley
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Merry Maid of Yarnover
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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2013, 10:03:42 pm »

You could always line the inside of the box with a lovely richly colored velvet and have the jewelry bits nestled in it. It's not too difficult to do with some foam.
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