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Zoe_Alex123
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« on: April 09, 2017, 03:09:11 pm »

Hello!  Smiley

I've been a fan of the steampunk style for a while, but have never actually made anything in it and would like to change that.
I found this at a boot-sale and thought it looked cool and that it just needed a little TLC.



Only thing is; I have no idea where to start or what I could add.
So, as the title says; Advice please?
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Drew P
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2017, 03:33:40 pm »

Are you able to take a photo of it outside so that there is plenty of light? It is a little difficult to see exactly what you have there.
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2017, 04:17:20 pm »

Sure!

Sorry about that, haven't got a very good camera/phone.

Hope these are better;













Thank you replying so quickly!  Cheesy
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SeVeNeVeS
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2017, 04:37:53 pm »

Uuummm, your imagination and reseach is a good place to start.

That being said, looks like a bucket load of clock parts in the shape of a ship to me.

Not really my kind of thing to be honest, I would personally tear it down for parts for other projects.

A little brutal, I know, but you did ask.

But if you like it as it is maybe add some more depth in the form of woodwork and add a kracken attack for a little drama. The background (canvas and frame) are rather dull and something else, more interesting could make it shine without to much change to the existing design.

As Drew says a clearer, more detailed photo or two would help alot.

Welcome aboard and do please post more pictures as and when you decide what to do.
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SeVeNeVeS
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2017, 04:42:24 pm »

Double post.... you posted at the same time as me.

That is actually better than I originally saw.

Hold on and I take back most things in my previous post, will think on it.

Can I ask is it for your own enjoyment or to sell on?
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Zoe_Alex123
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2017, 04:50:49 pm »


It is for my own enjoyment!

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SeVeNeVeS
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2017, 04:57:42 pm »

After viewing the more detailed photos, I actually like it.

Still think the canvas/background and lack of frame lets it down.

I will stop rambling on and let others chime in now.  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2017, 05:34:33 pm »

Maybe tighten the support a bit. Lightly polish a few of the pieces. Put a good frame on it. Enjoy!
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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2017, 05:58:56 pm »

I too would say it needs a frame- it looks quite interesting as it is, but if you go to work on the frame, it will elevate it.
Perhaps a deep 'shadow-box' style, if you wanted glass on it.

A good find- lucky you and welcome down the slippery slope!
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Zoe_Alex123
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« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2017, 06:23:54 pm »

Yes, I'm certainly going to get a frame.
I hadn't thought of glass Shocked

It'll probably be a while before I can do much though, as I'm 15, out of pocket money and without a job *sigh*

My parents are going back to the boot sale tomorrow though, so maybe I can convince them to find me some old clocks and such to deconstruct.

Thank you very much for the feedback though, I really appreciate it!  Grin


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SeVeNeVeS
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« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2017, 06:52:17 pm »

Well, at 15, you have got a really good start to a Steampunk house decoration.

Yep, frame it, glaze it and enjoy it 'till old age.

Good one, and thanks for sharing.
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RJBowman
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« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2017, 11:14:45 pm »

What are the circular pieces? Buttons?
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Zoe_Alex123
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« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2017, 03:10:52 pm »

You're welcome and yes, I think they're pins/thumbtacks
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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2017, 04:37:00 pm »

Measure your canvas and then carry the measurements with you to check car boot sales and charity shops for frames to fit.  You could find something you like at a price you can afford.
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« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2017, 02:54:45 am »

I like it, it has great potential.   
If you are able to find a shadow box the right size it could work really will.  Often charity shops or boot sales have someone's framed something that can be removed to make room for yours.
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Drew P
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« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2017, 04:20:34 am »

Ah, nice, that is much clearer!
Have you any tools? Saw, hammer, drill? Nothing too fancy, just enough to try a few things?

Would you consider making a frame for it yourself?
As it has a nice amount of patina, you could use some weathered wood from pallets (those wooden platforms for shipping larger objects) because sometimes those are easy to get a hold of (free;) ). Plus, with so much "free" wood you have the ability to practice and make as much as you find.
You could cut those up for the frame, either have the corners cut at 45° angles or try board over lapping board at the corners? Or possibly make a shadow box?
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« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2017, 07:33:58 pm »

I agree that the background is dull.  I would suggest using acrylic craft paints (cheap!) or maybe something you have on hand--maybe house paint or shoe polish (do they still make shoe polish?)--to tint the background.  

Since you're maybe new to crafting, perhaps you would like more detailed directions?

You don't want an even, all-over coat of color, but rather texture and drama.  Sepia-tone brown would be very steampunk, but I think something in the blue to teal range would make the metal show up better.

I would water down the paint and dampen the canvas.  Then I would work small amounts of paint in all around the ship, making a sort of halo.  The wet canvas will soften the paint edges, and after depositing all the paint in the brush on the canvas, keep swirling the brush around to distribute it out.  The idea is to have it darkest right around the ship, fading out toward the future frame site.  You could also do the same starting from the edges and working toward the ship.

I think using a dark paint--black or brown--on any canvas showing between the metal bits of the ship would be nice, too.

Watered-down paint won't stick well to the metal, so you can be a little sloppy and once it's dry, just buff it off.  

Plus, of course, polish the metal and add a few more bits and bobs--buttons, tacks, chain, hardware, keys--to fill in the gaps and make it your own.

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