Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Steampunk Building Part Two

The inside of the building was painted a neutral grey. The upper side room was done in dark grey. The side windows were glued on and clear plastic "glass" was added from the inside. Card strips were cut to length and glued on. Peak window frame was glued on.

Between the strips, the outer walls were painted flat black with powder paint added for a thicker texture, then painted dark red and highlighted red in the centers. The strips and window frames were done brown metallic.

Prepainted plaster gears cast from a Keebler Gear mold were added on the sides of the porch. Definitely adds a Steampunk feel.
A finished window.
The peak window was glued on with Super Glue.
I made the outside door and the insert above it as well as the two interior elevator doors using craft findings. There are three levels underground (who KNOWS what the professor has going on down there!), a first/ground floor, and the second floor. All were glued to the building once it was painted.
Except for the detailed elevator doors the interior was kept very simple. Half of the upper floor lifts out for figure placement below with the table as a handle. The floors are simply scribed/painted mat board.
The roof was painted in shades of green. The chimney platform assembly was painted and glued into place.
Chimneys. The large one is a toy party favor whistle from the Dollar Store. The one in the back is a wooden train smokestack with a craft finding on top. The small one in front is a dowel with a finding.
Left: In back, there's a small shed and the elevator "chain assembly" made from a strip of wood covered in card.
 Right: On the other side of the elevator there's machinery made from Hirst mold castings with control wheels from Vector Cut Steam Age Industrial Gears and Handwheels.

That's about it. I've got to prepare some tea and crumpets for our good professor's return. In the middle of June he went off on another excursion, this time to Overpond to be in awe of renowned inventor Count Rivets. The Count has recently been gallivanting about in a new wondrous rocket ship he's constructed and, in addition, is to release an album of rocks in the near future. CHEERS!


  1. Amazing...so many beautiful details!

    1. Thanks, Phil. It was interesting to come up with Steampunky details.

  2. Will you be selling these? They are really neat

    1. No plans to, Raymond, but THANKS. It wasn't all that difficult to make, basically just some Steampunky bits from a craft store attached to an MDF shell. Biggest cost was the TIME it took to put it all together. But it's all part of the hobby, right? If you decide to make your own you could make an extra or two to sell. Or if you're really ambitious make a whole bunch in assembly-line fashion, then stand back and haul in the moolah and adoration as you sell 'em. And use foamcore instead of MDF? Would be easier to work with although not as sturdy. -d.