Friday, 17 September 2010

Gothic meets steampunk!

I was a little disappointed by the lack of interest in my last gothic arch daisies but I wasn't put off and decided to give the latest challenge over at gothic arches a go. The theme was matchboxes and I decided to recess matchboxes in the surface of my arch and then add 'bits and pieces' for them to hold. Having just bought the Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante range from A Trip Down Memory Lane I was keen to do something a little 'steampunkish'!

So I covered the arch with one of the papers, recessed matchbox inserts that had been painted with copper coloured glaze into the arch and then began to add ephemera and cut out flowers and stickers...I used an old key ring stuck onto some acetate to make the monocle, some Tim Holtz and 7 Gypsies metal bits and a variety of rusty things from my collection. Here are some close-ups...
Rusty wire wound round a mini cotton reel alongside a rusty safety pin...
My 'home made' monacle...
This was actually an old oven light bulb!...
This angled picture gives a better idea of the dimension involved...
Thanks for looking!


  1. Absolutely stunning Jane, you never cease to amaze me with your altered talents!

  2. I agree with Ann its amazing, what a fab work of art. Annette

  3. what a stunning arch!!! love all bits and pieces!!

  4. OMGoodnessss how awesome is this! Wowww! This is a fantastic and very amazing Arch! I applaud you!

  5. I absolutely LOVE this piece! It is just amazing! Wow! Breath taking!

  6. This is fantastic ! Love how you incorporated so many found items on your art piece.


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