I’ve slowly become rather infatuated by the style of Steampunk art. I’ve admired it for a long time, and have wanted to make some sort of Steampunk artwork. Well, I’ve been needing a lamp over my bed for a while, and decided that would make a great project to apply the Steampunk style.
This has been my pet project, and I’ve been tinkering with it for a couple of years. It is great to finally have it finished and hung in place. It took a long, long time to decide what to do, or even where to begin. Finally, though, I got a little mental picture in my head and started to tinker.
I used many different things for this, some new, most old. Some are things I scavenged and scrounged over time, things in our old sheds, things found on the ground here and there…you name it. Of course, some of the items are purchased at flea markets, other things I bought at art stores. Items used are vintage camera parts, brooches, jewelry, scrap metal, and things like that. I used wire or chain to attach the items to the cage, which I bought at a hardware store. It had a rubbery, glossy coating, which I scraped off with a razor so it wouldn’t look so new.
The looped gold thing hanging on the lamp is a very flexible spring I found in the basement. I cleaned it up and used acrylics to paint it and “Steampunk” it.
The clock I purchased new. I used grease-colored acrylic paints to age it, and attached gears for eyes, a glass lens for the monocle (because monocles are cool! 😀 ), and some old camera parts for the mustache.
The white hanger/bracket was purchased new, and the items attached to it are mostly found items. I found the brown chain (covering the electric cord) on a clearance sale at a hardware store, which I wanted so the cord wouldn’t have to hold the weight of the lamp. Of course, I couldn’t resist using a vintage Edison bulb for this. It gives off such a warm, cozy glow. Perfect for writing or sketching when I can’t sleep.
I could go on explaining the details for another five paragraphs, so I’ll just post the pictures now. Unfortunately, photos don’t really flatter it, but I tried my best. Thank you for looking! 🙂