Monday, June 22, 2015

The Texture of Time - Finnabair Creative Team

Hi Everyone,

I am here with you today to share my altered steampunk clock. Now this altered metal frame clock has been in my design team pack for coming up 10 months tempting me to alter it. I had been waiting for the right moment and the right ideas. Finally I felt it time and I am very happy with the results. Let's take a tour around how it was created shall we?

To begin although the clock base already has a fabulous rusted look I wanted to add some extra glimmer and colour. To accomplish this I chose two colours of Art Ingredients Mica Powder, the colours I chose were Gold and Copper. I combined a small amount of the mica powders (separately) with some Art Basics Soft Gloss Gel, once combined I applied to my clock sides, legs and back with a paint brush.
At this stage I also painted my chipboard clock pieces with a combination of both the mica coloured gels combined. Blending them together, dabbing away.

I took a fairly large amount of Graphite Art Extravagance Texture Paste and mixed in a pretty generous amount of Licorice Glass Beads and Black Micro Beads. Now I LOVE myself some small watch parts but often the pieces are super super tiny and hard to use in projects but for a project like this they were absolutely perfect. I picked up small scoops with my fingers and while the texture paste was still damp I pushed the pieces into the paste.

As you can see although the texture paste is grey when wet, when dry it is a lovely rich black.

I wanted to create some unique dangly pieces to hang from the sides, I thought about this one for quite a while before inspiration struck. I had some mini hat pins in my stash which I threaded some miniature cogs onto along with Mechanical Typewriter Numbers. The ends were twisted off into a circle, cut and then threaded through a jump ring and secured it onto metal chain. My dangly pieces were complete!!.

To create the inside of my clock I traced and cut out the circle onto some Prima Newsprint Resist Canvas, this became my background. I then began layering up all my other elements, my clock, metals and photo. My steampunk gentleman of course required a crown and some goggles before he moved into the clock ;-). 

In the foreground of my clock you will see glass bottle containing glitter and glass beads, a rusty resin nut, hat pins, an egg and a broken pocket watch. I created the hanging light bulb out of a bulb which has two cogs glued to the side, a few jump rings and more chain (easy!).  My label of Journey comes from the Mechanicals Plate and Label collection.

To finish I added a bow made out of ribbon which was a gift from a friend, it was a perfect addition to to my clock and a nice way to symbolise our new friendship. In the centre of the bow you will see a Mechanicals gear, isn't it cute?

Many thanks for looking my friends, wishing you all a happy and creative day.

~ Rebecca ~
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  1. It is really beautiful Rebecca, I just love the way you've added all those tiny detailes, there is so much to see! Great job!! You amaze me with your talent! Hugs, Sanderijn

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