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:

angelintheplatinumclock platinum clock

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

Altered Steampunk Clocks

Well, this is my latest inspiration, making over old clocks, this one is the one that started it all.  I have always loved clocks for some reason, the really good ones are an art form unto themselves.  SO I found this beauty at the local thrift store looking very forlorn but I loved the detail on it and noticed that the case was solid wood, the more I looked at it the more I realized the possibilities.  I didn’t want to take the clock and make it into something else, I wanted to take it, give it a make over, turn it into a piece of art while maintaining its usefulness as a time-keeping piece.  I especially loved that it had a pendulum.  There is just something soothing about the swinging of a pendulum.  I have been very inspired by steam punk so I would call this a steam punk piece, even then angel inside the clock is handmade.  I used silver wire to make a frame and them attached the old gears and hardware to her, I added the white feathers to soften her a little, I thought the juxtaposition between the hardness of the industrial gears and softness of her feathered wings made her more interesting.

I have 3 more clocks in progress, as well as some steam punk style wooden boxes. When those are completed (I have about 6 or 7) I am planning to open an Etsy store.  I am also thinking of some other formats for the angels because I have found I really like to make them so am considering framing them as parts of mixed media pieces.  We shall see how that develops.  I am hoping others will appreciate my creations as much as I love to make them.  Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think of my first, finished, steam punk angel clock.

Steampunk Angel Clock

Steampunk Angel Clock

Detail view of the angel

Detail view of the angel

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