Today I have a little somethin' to share with you that I had wanted to do for a long time...but haven't dared to approach...until now!
Fans of the awesomely charming and fun TV series "Warehouse 13" already know what I am talking about as they know that awesome steampunk-ish communications device that Archie's team use to update each other on the latest artefacts and their powers and effects - the Farnsworth!
And here's my version of it - made from an altered tin.
It is my project for this month's "Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial" challenge over at
- and I would love to see you play along with us soon!
Don't ask me who this guy is that's talking on the phone...I haven't seen him before...maybe a new member of Archie's crew...
I started by searching my bits 'n bobs box for small buttons, screws and switches that I could use for my Farnsworth. A watch glass from my old watchmaker's cabinet was perfect for the little circle screen and the light bulb was turned from white to red using alcohol ink.
To help the DecoArt Metallic Lustre adhere to the tin I first gave everything a coat of matte DecoArt Decou-Page and then a coat of DecoArt media black Gesso. That luckily provided enough tooth for the Lustre to cling to. I used the Metallic Lustre like paint - applying it with a soft wide flat brush.
I cut out the openings for the light bulb and for the speaker.
Then I glued on all the pieces after I had "engraved" the "Farnsworth" logo using a black ball pen.
I stacked some thick corrugated card pieces to insert my finished operations board into the tin and added four gold half pears around the circle screen.
This is the size of my Farnsworth - a bit small, but I couldn't find a larger tin so far. So a mini version will have to do for now.
It was great fun to make and the result looks astonishingly convincing! Well, at least to me...lol
Our Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial challenge over at the SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenge blog is still open until the end of the month! Make sure you check out the makes of Team A and B and let yourself be inspired by the variety of projects made by my awesome DT which I am so proud of! ;) Just click HERE to get to our challenge blog and I hope to meet you over there soon!
Hugs and happy crafting!