One of the questions I get asked a lot is what are My Steampunk Projects Essential Materials. I think steampunk is still one of the mysteries of crafting for a lot of people and many are unclear as to what steampunk is and how to create a steampunk project.
My Steampunk Projects Essential Materials
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West" (Wikipedia). So basically steampunk for me is a lot of metal, cogwheels, mechanical parts etc.
To achieve the steampunk look you need some essentials:
This is I think the most important element of all so I'm going to break it down a little:
New metal pieces
You can get metal pieces in two main places: craft stores and Home Depot type of stores. Anything from cogwheels, nuts and bolts, washers, hinges and more. The color of metal can change from silver to copper and gold. They are usually shiny and have a new look but some are in a vintage look.
Old metal pieces
This part is up to you. These are things you can't buy in shops but you need to find them in garage sales, industrial areas, factories and more. You can however but used and rusty metal parts on etsy. Check out my metal collection for sale!
Again these are items you need to find yourselves. Old clock parts you can find at your local watchmaker, small light bulbs you can find at your auto mechanic. Things like zippers can be found at the local seamstress and old screws at your husband or father's tool box. Once you start looking for these things you'll be amazed how they'll turn up.
Another important aspect of a steampunk project is the color of it. The color is what unifies everything and gives it the final touch.
Is the best way to cover the metal embellishments and prepare them for spraying or painting.
You can use acrylic metallic paints to add a shimmer to your project. These paints can create the industrial look for other materials that are not metal like chipboard or wood.
Sprays area great way to add color to backgrounds and 3D items. Use colors like black, brown, copper, gold and teal for the oxidized colors of the rust.
Patina are paints to color metal parts and to give other materials a metal look. They are great for adding color locally and in small places.
All papers with a grunge, industrial and "dark" look can work perfectly on a steampunk project.
One of the things that really gives a steampunk project a unique look is the texture of the metal and rust. Use sand, little micro beads or stones to achieve the look of decay and disintegration.
Check out my steampunk projects for ideas on how to use My Steampunk Projects Essential Materials and create amazing steampunk pieces.
What's your favorite steampunk project you created?
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