Wednesday, 3 March 2010

The Cogs Are Whirling...

....Have you ever had one of those really annoying episodes when you know you have got something new ...but cannot for the life of you remember where you put it??? Well, last night I must have spent a good two hours looking for a little pot of gold paint...nothing spectacular about gold paint...but...I NEEDED IT!! I had this idea in my head about making something hangy and something metally but I wanted it to be gold and black...and for the life of me, I can't find that pot of gold paint! I know I definitely bought it last week...so where is it??? Maybe my Room of Stash has got a... Poltergeist...*or, more realistically, it is such a pig sty that it is hiding under something else LOL*




Anyways, having not been able to locate said gold paint, I chose silver instead...and using one of the new Ten Seconds Studios molds - my fave new one with the cogs, I attempted to make a coggy steampunkish kind of thing...which ended up being more about Time itself. The metal was molded and then coloured with black paint to age it, then silver paint to colour it again...then I tried a bit of pink metallic paint...yak, that looked naff, so over went some more silver paint...one of those pieces that just didn't go right no matter what I tried!




The top part is a quarter Terra, stamped into with some Paper Artsy Cogs and t'other quarter is Ferro, stamped into with more PA watchy images and a bit of text, which promptly got covered up with my experimental piece...remember the UTEE from yesterday? Well, the dregs in the pot were poured onto the TSS mold and set to go hard...blimey, I am a dimwit, I didn't use a release ink so it took me about five hours to prize it away from the mold...ok, it took me a little less than five hours, but it felt like it. These pics just haven't turned out how I wanted them to...the piece looks more dimensional in the real...please click on a pic to see it bigger ..it may help LOL




I added the UTEE piece, which was also coloured with black and silver paint, to the piece, adding in some Idea-ology bits and a cute little key... I love those keys sooooo much! The Memory Frame has a piece of mountboard in it, painted black, stamped with silver, with a Memory Capsule over the top with some watchy bits in it...don't worry though, I haven't been at Grim's watch with a hammer, I got these bits from The Artistic Stamper :O)) I added some mini wings behind the dangly Idea-ology word strip, hey, time flies right???




And...cos it is Wednesday, I thought I would show you my desk...I am a bit early with the post so not sure if Julia has done her WOYWW yet...but I am off out in a mo...and .. maybe gone some time :O) The stash on my desk...ooooh, the new DI's which I am playing with and splooshing about with Perfect Pearls and a Mini Mister are getting ready for some Wendy Vecchi stylee playing...hopefully later if I get back in time...Anyway...gotta dash, got a train to catch :O)) Have a good day!

Hels x

46 comments:

Helen said...

I think it looks amazing! I love it in silver. I bought that cogs mold at the weekend, but haven't had a chance to play (make art) with it yet.

Laura said...

Yes it happens to me every day when I am in my craft room! I found something the other day that had been milaid for weeks. I am still looking for the information sheets we got from the Artsy Craft weekened in October. I am sure I filed them somewhere safe. But where?

Heavens2Betsy said...

This is WICKED Hels! I absolutely love it. The cogs look amazing in the metal and I think, personally, the silver and black combo works brilliantly. Thanks for your recent comments x

Wipso said...

Your project is brill. I hate it when I lose something so hope you find your paint soon.
A x

craftimamma said...

I clicked on the image and ......... this is absolutely fabulous! Loads of texture and depth to it Hels. I gotta have that mold!!!

As for losing craft stash - I do that constantly and unfortunately I think it's a sign that I have way too much stuff, Lol!

Lesley Xx

Angelnorth said...

Looks pretty good for a piece that "didn't go right" ;o) I like the idea of blaming the stash room poltergeist rather than the fact the room is a pigsty, must try that! Love the silver and black, looks fab to me!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

This looks amazing, I love all the bits and pieces and how they work together as a whole- gorgeous, especially for a piece that gave you so much trouble!

Sandy said...

Wow this is stunning.
Really unique metal creation.

June said...

What a fab piece and i know the gold will come in for something else, this is stunning in silver
hugs June xxxx

Petra said...

What a gorgeous piece! I love it!!!!!!

Tracey said...

Don't know what steampunk is Hels but your piece is lush. Yup I have mislaid a set of stamps, no they can't be lost, just don't know where they are.

judith@poppy cottage said...

Hi Hels, I bought the cogs on Sunday, I love your piece it's really great, I love it in silver. I understand completely about searching for stuff; I spend more time searching than I do crafting sometimes. I would be too embarassed to do the WOYWW as my desk is so messy!Judith x

Jules said...

this piece is simply eye candy to the max...love it!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

I can't find my dark pink staples I've looked everywhere. I really should buy more 'cos I keep wanting to use them :-/ Love the steampunk arty piece hun. Have a great day whatever you're up to :)
Anne xx

Sherry Cheever said...

WOW this is so cool . . . totally AWESOME!!!!! I know what you mean about putting something away and can't find it. I'm still looking from my TH masks!

Lori said...

Very cool, Hels! Love the gears. Might have to fit that in the budget somewhere.... I too had a moment of panic when I used the TSS molds and UTEE, thought I didn't use enough release, but finally got it pried off. Whew! Love your work!

Andrea said...

just fantastic Hels and the silvers divine, hope you got your train on time xx

Sherry Goodloe said...

I love everything about this piece, and the silver was an excellent choice! xo

Anesha said...

Stunning creation. Just some the amazing project on your recent posts. Anesha :)

julie m said...

cool time machine. it is striking in silver. i can see why you wanted gold though. it would be more steampunky. it is getting close to st. patrick's day. maybe a wee little leprechaun stole your pot of gold.

Paula Gale said...

oooh Hels - stunning metal thingy piece there - looks like you've had a great time playing!. Like the tag you're working on too... I still need to get some - I looked on the website you told me about but couldn't find them - they were probably staring me in the face too!!!!

Paula x x x

Pam said...

This is stunning Hels. You're not the only person who loses things I do it all the time! Hugs Pam x

Yvonne said...

Oh wow , what a creation you have done here this is amazing!
well if you seen my desk, you would loose the will too live never mine gold paint, lol

Dan said...

Great work, I can see I'm going to have to get that cogs mould at some point :)

Jennie said...

Geat piece loving alll the elements..wish I had more time ot play :(

Diane.W. said...

Gorgeous,luv all the embellies,esp the lil diddy wings!!! :o)x

Linby said...

Love this - wow looks good. I lose things all the time, even things I just put down the second before!!!
The dress form is a B Line stamp I just discovered them at LBcrafts
http://www.lbcrafts.com/
If you like this then be prepared to part with some money because they have soooo many lovely stamps.
Linbyx

Julia Dunnit said...

I don't what steampunk is but I know what I like!! It's a great piece Hels...really glad you had some trouble with it though, allows the likes of me to feel less cack handed! Your desk looks ready.....am sure the gold paint will turn up - just stop looking for it!

Helen said...

Hels, sorry I should have said, the rose arrived today all safe and well. Thank you SOOO mcuh.

Tonya said...

I've no idea what cogs mold is but that looks really cool!

LadyBug said...

Your plaque looks brillant i love all the different cogs and the photos do look good!!! I'm liking your paint brush storage as well. and Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh about the bags!!! OH doesn't know how many I have and those in the cupboard are just the half of it!!!! I have a ton in the bedroom as well! ;)

maddy hill said...

oh wow Hels that IS stunning ! you could look at it for ages and still find something new on it !

i lose everything - i spent hours this morning for my paper - then walked in my room tonight and there it was staring me in the face !
take care hun
love
maddyx

Lottie said...

oh my word -this looks absolutely amazing - you should start teaching.

I just love this - bet it feels wonderful

Linda Elbourne said...

Lovely work ... I LOVE that mould X

Thespa McLaughlin said...

Oh, it's steam punk heaven! Love it!

Julie said...

Wow - fabulous, love the steampunk style even if I don't do it myself - never say never!! Juliex

Lynn Stevens said...

Ohhhhh so kewl. I'm so glad I clicked the picture to see all the details up close! Guess what I found ferro and terra at Michaels today and just had to get some, Your such an enabler Hels! LOL

Angie said...

That 'Time' piece is fantastic ...a true work of art ...just kept staring at it and spotting little details

voodoo vixen said...

Oh Hels, I love this to bits, its fabulous!! You are a clever clog!! (LOL) and the porcelain flower tutorial is great too, looks achievable for even peeps like me... except I don't have a melty pot thingy... so you probably just cost me money cos now i want one and I want the cog mold thing... would it be easier if I just came to live with you and used all your stuff???

Heavenly Anarchist said...

My word! That is fabulous! Such amazing detail. I NEED that mould!

butlersabroad said...

Wow, your metal hangy thing is superb! And your desk is so clean considering how much grafting you do.

Brenda

Shar said...

Metal Magnificience! Completely amazing!

Nikki said...

Love that steampunk it looks fantastic

paperqueen said...

OMG...I have to have that mold! why don't I have it???
Your piece is gorgeous!
Eileen

Alexandra said...

Wow, this is stunning, look out for Magpies Hels they'll steal it, it's so pretty and shiny.
You're not alone loosing stuff, I'm really bad, I start using something then put it down for a few minutes to use something else, then can't seem to find the first thing I had in my hand just minutes before, then when I find it I invariably cover up something else I'll be looking for later, lol. Too much stuff, it's nice when you find things after you've given up hope though, and have forgotten about the lost item. It's like getting it new all over again. :o)

Eiglas said...

I think this is stunning Hels! I love the steampuk lool too but haven't taken the plunge yet - still distressing...!
Keep it up - fab stuff!
Hugs,
Ei
x

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