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Danger High Voltage Creativity! I found Steampunk Nirvana!

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Steampunk Nirvana: Honest to god I thought I died and went to Steampunk Nirvana recently. The hubs knew of a place where there was so much stuff and the owner needs to clear it all out so he can finalize the sale of the property. I cannot disclose the location but as soon as I saw it I hardly knew where to look first. There were so many pieces of machinery, outbuildings full of boxes of all things metal-working. I managed to score an entire box of old propellers (it doesn’t get more steampunk than propellers, at least in my opinion). Every type of gear and cog both large and small, plumbing pieces, signs, old sodium light bulbs etc. I took all of my finds home and washed them. All the rusty gears and cogs got a coat of clear so the rust doesn’t come off on my hands. So now I am looking at these pieces and picturing what I can make out of them. I have ideas for clocks and lamps. What would you say to a propeller pendulum clock?……I am saying yes to that idea as well. As I finish these creations I will post them and of course they will be for sale in my Etsy store SyrinxAsylumArts. I am finally getting more traffic through there and even a few sales so that is encouraging. So here are the pictures of my finds, I know it probably sounds extremely geeky to be so excited by this but I had so far had to buy the gears and cogs online so its so cool to find a fairly local source.  I am so inspired.

Stay tuned for what becomes of my “shinies” bwahahahah!

 

Steampunk Accessories and a new clock with a beach theme

Believe it or not, I have still been creating despite my ridiculous work schedule.  Lately I have focused more on small accessory items like barrettes and other jewelry type things since the clocks aren’t selling.  These are some of the items I have recently listed.  I am trying to balance what I want to create with what sells since I am trying to earn at least a little money at it but that is the lament of all creatives.  The money earned from my store is to go toward the medical coding certificate that I am working on so I can move up in my daytime career. (gotta pay the bills somehow)

Any feedback is appreciated:  All of these items are available for sale on my etsy store, the link is on the right of this page.

thanks as always for reading.

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Trash to Treasure Metal sculpture bird yard art

Trash to treasure is back, I bought this piece of garden art made out of found objects at an estate sale about 10 years ago. They were actually surprised when I asked the price because they didn’t think anyone would want him but I saw his potential. He was in sad shape then, spray painted all different colors like black, red, white or whatever they had lying around and kinda rusted. As soon as I saw him in that driveway of the sale I noticed how much work went into making him. All of his parts are welded together and judging by his age the artist was ahead of his time making something out of old scraps (old steampunk) At the time I decided he was a heron. He was made of old grills for wings, a propane tank body, a crimped metal pipe for his head and rebar for legs, tail feathers and the feather on the back of his head.

white heron before

white heron before

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I painted his body white and beak and legs yellow but after ten years sitting in the garden he was looking pretty rough again. I took him out and scrubbed him down and then it hit me, why can’t he be a flamingo? So this time I have repainted him all in pale pink with darker lipstick pink for his legs, beak and then misted over the light pink over his body and wings. I think he came out great. When he was a white heron, he blended into the background of the garden as you can see in the before pictures but he now makes a statement all decked out in his new coat of shades of pink paint.

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in his colorful new finery!

in his colorful new finery!

 

He now resides front and center on the patio in the backyard near the sago palm, a place of honor for one as colorful as he.

Tell me what your best trash to treasure project was!

We seem to have taken on a lot of clocks!

I’m not sure if anyone else out there is geeky enough to get that quote but it’s from Futurama, one of my favorite of the grown up cartoons, they go back in time and when they do suddenly the ship is filled with clocks and Leila says this “We seem to have taken on a lot of clocks”.  I have actually taken on a lot of clocks lately.  They are not selling on Etsy but I am taking them on and spiffing them up or in some cases, just cleaning them because they don’t need spiffing like the mid century glass clock I just found last weekend.  It needs nothing, it’s perfect the way it is and so far is not for sale.

I even found what turned out to be a ship’s clock or “chronometer” it doesn’t get more steampunk than that does it?

I went ahead and made 18 pendants and put them up there but so far those aren’t going either.

Oh well.  I enjoyed making them.

So here’s what we’re looking at

chronometer

chronometer

antique beauty

antique beauty

mid century perfection

mid century perfection

title "Time Traveller"

title “Time Traveller”

metallic mantel clock

metallic mantel clock

Some of these are for sale and some are not.  The antique beauty is still in process, I am turning it into a “painted lady” and may keep it for myself.  but my etsy store can be found here

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MixedManicandMore?ref=l2-shopheader-name

I wish I understood my fascination with clocks, I think it has something to do with the passage of time and the feeling like I never have enough time etc etc.

Anyway, let me know what you think of my latest stuff.  I am always interested in creative criticism/critique.  I am also making some hair barrettes, a bracelet, a couple rings just experimenting with some other steampunk pieces.  I have a couple more jewelry boxes almost finished too.

Thanks for stopping by!

My Etsy Store is Now Open plus a new fundraiser

I finally opened my Etsy store yesterday, I have been talking about it for a long time and started to wonder if I ever would but I finally did.  I have 10 items right now but there are more in the works including 3 more clocks, 2 completed ones are in the store now.  I am excited to see if I get some good reviews and hopefully even sales by launching in time for Christmas shopping.

This is the link to the store:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MixedManiaSteampunkd?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Here is the completed Platinum clock as promised:

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I’m not completely sure about the clock face, I think it might need some embellishment but it’s in the Etsy store as is for right now.  It’s bigger than it looks at 26 1/2 inches tall.  I am very pleased with the pendulum compartment and the angel inside it though.

I also wanted to share that I have a long-term fundraiser going on for the American Heart Association through a website called bravelets.  I started a page in Debbie’s name and apparently there have been 2 sales so that’s something.  For every piece of jewelry they sell, they donate $10 to the charity of your choice.  This is the link to that page:

https://www.bravelets.com/bravepage/i-m-smiling-next-to-you

As always, thanks for reading and wish me luck on my new venture.

More and More Steampunk Treasure boxes and more!

Well, I would say I had a very productive weekend.  I think when I am under a lot of a stress (which I sure have been lately) it makes me want to work it all out through my creativity.  I haven’t felt this creative in such a long time that it’s really nice to have it back.  I completed 5 treasure boxes, 2 upcycled steampunk’d picture frames and the angel that is to go inside the platinum clock.  All of these are pictured in this post.  The platinum clock is almost complete.  I just need to finish the face and she is done and that will make 2 completed clocks for me.  There is definitely a theme going on here between the angel wings, the time references and the metallic industrialism of the gears and other hard material item findings that I have collected.  I am only just getting started too, I have so many other ideas.  An Etsy store is in my very near future.  I am right now trying to think of a good name.  Please, if anyone has any suggestions I am open to hearing them.  I am toying with the name “Punk’d and Upcycled Treasures by Lynsey”  Am not totally committed to it yet though.

So here is what I have so far what do you think?

The angel that is going inside the pendulum area of the platinum schoolhouse style clock

The angel that is going inside the pendulum area of the platinum schoolhouse style clock

treasure boxes, my favorite to make

treasure boxes, my favorite to make

upcycled punk'd frame

upcycled punk’d frame

upcycled punk'd frame

upcycled punk’d frame