Sunday, February 28, 2016

Steampunk Fireplace By Cheryl

Hi Cheryl Here,
I'm back again with my othethe same as the last project and ready to go.
I prepared the fireplace differently this time though.

Aluminium foil tape was used on card then embossed with two different folders
(Couture creations-'Renaissance' and Craft concepts -'sun rays')
Sun rays is attached to the base of the fireplace front and Renaissance is attached to the smaller outer front of the fireplace. Black gesso all fireplace pieces and glue together with gel medium.
Chain die (memory box) in black card is attached to both sides of the fire place then it is all wiped over with 'Rub'n'buff' silver.
The left over embossed card from the 'Sun Rays' is used for the base of the steam boiler.
Boiler door is a cheap metal sink strainer with a chipboard cog and a brad  to attach them together. Cover any holes with aluminium tape. The fireplace front step is a metal embellishment out of my stash.
Air dried Clay is used to make the Octopus tentacles, then it was painted with Vintaj Patina paints and attached with glossy accents inside the fireplace opening.
White fibre fill stuffing was put in the fireplace opening for the look of steam. I took a little plastic jewellery box apart for the coal box, added some nuts to the base, black gesso-ed it and filled it with metal cogs, little stones(for coal) fuses and smaller cogs(memory box-98964)all for fuel for the boiler.

Along the mantelpiece there is a mini metal canon(from my stash)2 white rams horn shells(just like mini nautilus shells) a Steampunk floral arrangement(moss, metal filings, Guinea fowl feathers all inside a metal bell filled with florist oasis).

A Glass Dome filled with a chipboard branch and a dried Who-who bug beetle(found in a spiders web) painted with opal dust.
Lastly a Eiffel Tower metal embellishment all sit on top of a piece of yellow velvet aged with a fire-lighter to make the blacked edges. All the adornments sit on top of chipboard or metal cogs as doilies.
On the left hand side of the boiler there are assorted nuts and hair ties black gesso-ed to create electrical cables. Burnt velvet lines the floor for carpet.
Wall Decorations: left to right.
I used a metal medal painted with Vintaj Patina paints and some brass coloured micro-beads.
Bulldog with pipe stamp(Tim Holtz-'Perfect Gentleman' collection) with a clear dome epoxy sticker over the top . A nut attaches it to the wall and a metal ball chain wraps around the side.
Stag Head(Idea-ology)gesso-ed in white and coloured as for the Victorian stag.
Eye patch is made with wire and a brass nut. Necklace is a small piece of chain.
Trophy frame die(Spellbinders)   attached with mounting tape to the wall paper.
Details of the Stags face is drawn with Black Pitt pen (XS)
Viva rusty paper paint is used on the chipboard 'mini' disc viewer then aluminium tape is used behind it. Alcohol ink was dripped into the slots to colour it and a glass dome clock embellishment was glued to the front.
I again used anaglypta paper to line the outside of the frame for texture. I painted with black gesso and used the 'rub'n'buff silver again to match it all in.
I had so much fun making these projects because there was so many options. It was hard to choose. Try it yourself. The fireplace is so easy to put together and the decorating options are endless.
Till next time.
Relax, have some fun and remember to put some crafting into your day.
Cheryl Owsley


  1. Cheryl I dont know how you keep coming up with these ideas, but I love it, especially the embossed aluminium tape, had my brain whrring to see what else I could do with it. well done

  2. Another fabulous project Cheryl.