Monday 14 April 2014

SteamPunk Junk with Haunted Design House

Oh I had such fun with this project. Even if I did get a blood blister on my thumb! Ouch! My colouring hand to boot! All for the sake of my "art"
This project started life as a dingy old lamp but I loved the shape. Then along came this challenge and it seemed made for my base.
The challenge in question was for Haunted Design House.

SteamPunk Junk

Well, it's not necessary to go rummaging in the bins - but to use something that would be thrown away by any "normal" person. A bit of up-cycling is the name of the game.

This is what I came up with

and yes it is functional

Covered with a multitude of chipboard cogs, some chain and wire coils then a few coats of paint of varying thickness (a bit of sand added to the first coat for added texture).
Then came the decoration of the panes
All the designs are painted using glass paint
 There were stamped images that each design was loosely based on. Mostly from Ali's Inky Fingers with a bit of Creative Expressions. The images stamped onto paper under the glass then interpreted for ease of painting the outlines.

Your turn - what piece of junk can you turn into steampunk art?
Looking forward to seeing those pieces at HDH.

I'd like to enter my lamp into the challenge at
Left of Centre - Anything LOC /Dark Themed
Craft My Life - Anything but a Card
Through The Purple Haze - Anything Goes
Quirky Crafts - Mixed Media
That Craft Place - Anything Goes
Sandee & Amelie's SteamPunk - Use a favourite Technique ( geez I have so many)


  1. WOW! This is an amazing project. Hope your hand heals need to keep those in good shape for our coloring! Thank you for entering at TTPH, Lori DT

  2. Such a fabulous creation and transformation! The fact that it still works is great, and it shows off the gorgeous panes perfectly!!
    Brava, Helen!!!

  3. Fabulous project hun and thank you for sharing at Craft my life All Crafts Challenge Blog - very good luck hugs Judith DT xx

  4. LOL...I know the problem with having a lot of favourite techniques too... ;)
    Your altered lamp is awesome! Hope your thumb is all well again! All those sacrifices we take for the sake of art! :)

    Thank you so much for playing along with us at SanDee&amelie's SPC! Love your project! Very clever and so cool!

    Claudia x

  5. Sorry about your art finger Helen but the project is so did a fabulous job.
    susan s

  6. Absolutely amazing work......very different i like that......wonderful

    fiona DT

  7. WOW these are great. Thanks for sharing at Quirky Crafts challenge.
    Linby GDT

  8. What a fabulous lamp and with a gloomy steampunk light when it's turned on. Great job with the glass paint. Thank you for participating in Sandee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenge.


  9. Oh wow. Fantastic! That is amazing. Looks brilliant :) thanks for joining us this week over at Through the Purple Haze Challenges :)
    Eithne D

  10. Stunning work of art. Thank you for sharing your creation with us at LOC.

  11. What a super lamp! Thank you for joining Quirky Crafts Challenge this time round! hope to see you again! A New Challenge starts Sunday Evening!!
    ((Lyn)) DT

  12. Absolutely brilliant! Love it x