Sunday, September 20, 2009

D9Z – Steampunk style finger gun

This little finger gun is called the D9Z – Discretion 9 Zillion. Currently sporting a size 10 us ring. This can be replaced free of charge just let me know your the circumference of your chosen finger. If you do plan on wearing this over gloves or something similar please measure with the item on.

Sense the postal service forbids the shipping of real weapons of mass or small destruction, you will be purchasing a gun casing only. .

The gun casing is made from recycled plastic. The gun body and barrel received an under coat of brass and then an over coat of browns and greens to give it an aged look. It has a 4 barrels coming out of the front. The barrels are bound with a ring of green plastic. The top of the gun has a large green, black and brown bead attached to the gun body with a green plastic stick.

This is meant for adults. Children should not have ray guns of any kind, they might shoot their eye out.

******** On a more personal note I currently resowing my steampunk outfit. The fabric was originally slightly stained and pastel. So I decided to try tea dieing. The bucket must have had some kind of chemicals in it that ate the thread that had been used on the seams. This did not stain it well enough so then I got some demin blue die. During the washing process most of seams cam undone. Now I sit and have to resew most of it. Ugh. There is reason no sewn items are in my shop. My sewing skills are barely above sewing buttons.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Soda Bottle Coin Pouch tut and more

This is a tut to make a coin purse out of soda bottles plus a few extra ideas. Last year I saw the below picture on Treehugger and wanted one for my own.

1.small scissors – like using cuticle scissors for this
2.2 bottles – Does not need to be the same brand, but I do recommend sticking with 2 of the same rough size.
3.A strip of lined paper
4.some tape
5.sharpie marker
6.something to clean the bottles with – I like using wipes
7.some thread
9.zipper – I tend to go with a zipper that is just shorter than the full width of the circumference
10.push pins – other options are available, will go over that in a moment
11.Hole poking board – like a stack of cardboard or some hard foam. I like using the hard foam arm rest from my keyboard
12.may need a small piece of fabric or ribbon to extend the zipper so it goes all the way around

1.take a sharpie and mark just above where you want the final cut to be.

2.Make your first cut just above this line, it OK if it is a bit rough.

3.Make a second cut just below the line.
4.Take the strip of lined paper and tape it around top edge of the soda bottom. The picture shows the lines facing out, but they should be facing in. You want to be able to see the lines best from the inside. Basically do as I say, not as I did.

5.Now take the push pin and poke holes evenly around the top. I space these about ¼ inch to ½ inch down and about ¼ inch apart. You can use other things to punch the holes, like a small hole punch.
6.Sew/lace the zipper on. I tend to prefer to add a bit of fabric to lengthen the zipper than to reduce the zipper size.

The basic concept can be used for other things. Like my sharpie box and the little vase. Many things can be done to give these a more spiffy look. Like using a fancy stitch, like a leaf stitch. Or adding a bit of fabric to back edge of the zipper to give it a more finished edge. Every brand styles there bottles differently so really the sky is the limit.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sir George - My entry into the Creatures of 9 contest at Deviant Art

The contest is over at

I had fun trying to think of how to do this.

Took me a long while to come up with an idea for this. Recycled plastic is my medium of choice, and well plastic and steampunk rarely go in the same sentence. Sense plastic and glass have similar looks I thought of how a junk bot would look if it was born in a lamp shop.

The body casing comes from the top of a mountain dew 20 oz bottle, the bottom comes from a A & W root beer bottle. The top hat is fused plastic for the brim and the bottle cap. The back wheel is 2 lids taped together with electrical tape. The big back wheel reminds me of the old fashion white wall smooth tires from the 1910 to 1920's. The top connector piece is a drinking straw painted black. The bottom connector pieces come form the side of large lettuce box. The bones where taken from a Halloween decoration that was painted a brass color. Bits of brass wire used to connect the front pieces and make the axle in the back.

I do regret that I have no skill with electrical stuff. I would love to give this some red glowing eyes and a light source at the bottom to highlight the skeleton body.

I imagine Sir George would have a character very similar to the Cardinal in 3 Musketeers. His hands would rarely get 'dirty' for that is what minions are for.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

He who steals my purse, steals trash - bags

Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls.
Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.
Othello Act 3, scene 3, 155–161

My apologizes up front for taking that quote completely out of context.

Been wanting to make a hobo purse for awhile, but my sowing skills are lacking. When I went to the dollar store and saw the trash bags, it came to me that I could fuse the seams, and not have to sew at all.

So that is what I did. I fused the garbage bags together and then fused the seams. One warning to anyone who is inspired by this to do something on your own. One I did use a normal size iron, but one of those mini ones would have made my life easier. Two do not buy scented bags, my room stank like a cheap perfume factory exploded.