When I found this toy horse at a flea market, I thought, “this would be easy peasy to turn into a Steampunk horse”, boy was I wrong. I met my “waterloo” when I tackled this. But I am very pleased with the final outcome. The horse originally was spotted so I painted and inked it to make it look like old leather. The horse has been decorated with brads, metal jewelry, clock key and metal bits & bots. He is mounted on a wooden frame that has been painted to look like aged copper the wheels are tin from an old tin car and the handle is a rusted piece of metal with a cute silver bead.
We have been working hard in anticapation of our upcoming Weekend In the Country show in September 28 & 29, Davisburg MI. More items to come.
This charming gourd was hand painted by Connie Carpenter. I found the old blue bottle in Pittsburgh and it contained “Frank Miller’s Crown Dressing New York USA”. The bottle is as gorgeous as Ms. Miller. Some of the things we have been working on this summer.
Wonderful old Mayfair Tea Tin. Black tin with orange lettering. Her bodice is a small clay pot that has been hand painted and her hat is an old brass tea strainer. The tin has ben decorated with faux pearls. Her collar is green paper that has been decorated with small orange bells. Her head is a faux pumpkin handpainted by Connie Carpenter, the hair is raffia.
More steampunkery…this time it is another pig. I started with an inexpensive plastic piggy and altered him using lots of paint, alcohol inks, cogs, gears, metal sheeting, and brads. I made a leather collar for him, antiqued the metal sheeting, and added a bit of coiled wire to make a tail. He was then mounted on an old fence post top to complete the look.
Here is a little steampunk punkin girl. She was inspired by the fabric which was a fat quarter I found at the quilt shop. I loved the clock print right away and knew I could work with it. I dyed the fabric with coffee to age it a little bit. Her skirt top is a part of an old candlestick and her bodice is a spool. I hand painted the face. I made her hat using a cork and some thick paper which I doubled, glued, and curled. Then I dressed it up with some steampunky accents. And here she is.
This little patriot wants to wish you all a great 4th of July and may you continue to enjoy the freedoms we share.