Monday, April 14, 2014

Steampunk Junk for Macabre Monday

Today begins the second week for Haunted Design House's
StEaMpUnK JuNk.

 This clever theme was all my idea, and I had an ulterior motive behind it.  
I have had this doll baby head (in the middle) from a while back, and I have been
dying to get back to it. I really love transforming these dolly heads!
And I like playing with polymer clay, and getting messy with paint, too!
Yes, this is my therapy.

So, I offered up a Steampunk theme for HDH
and here ya have my finished Steampunk Junk Doll Baby Head. 
Or as I like to call him, Sir Cornelius. Don't know why, I just do. 

"Corny" started out as a thrift store doll. I liberated him, washed him up,
and gave him facial hair using polymer clay. I painted him with gesso,
and then gave him a bronze base coat of acrylic paint.
I used some bright green cogs from a tape runner refill, a rubber cap
for a pipe or something (Hubs donated it), some metal washers, and
a doll eye wood cut. I'd say some of that is considered junk.
My problem is, I see potential in so much crap, I'm starting to fear
an intervention is in order.


I used some aluminum tape I picked up at the dollar store (score!),
embossed it with a TH Riveted Metal folder, and wrapped it around 
the top hat, aka rubber endcap.

I gave the hat a coat of black gesso, and then swiped some
Inka Gold in silver over the raised bits. Really brought out the
cool texture. I really like this folder. Well worth the time it took to find it.
I also added some distressed metal wings, another distressed washer, 
and a smoky rhinestone brad to the hat to make it all, "fancy schmancy".
I love using up my old stash, and found items. Makes me feel so good to recycle
the cool schtuff I acquire and collect.    

I attached a TH attacher thingy to Corny's ear, and this allowed
me to attach the monocle to him in a permanent way. Considering he
doesn't have a breast pocket, I had to make do with what he did have. An ear. 
I attached a chain, and a gear to one end, and the other end to the monocle.

That monocle, with the oversized doll eye wood cut is my favorite part of this
project. I used Glossy Accents to adhere the eye to the metal washer, and to 
give it the appearance of an eyeglass. I'm a sucker for wonky eyes.
I accented his facial hair using more Inka Gold in silver.

I used a TH tag, bent it with a heat gun and sheer force,
distressed it and attached it to Corny's neck with a couple of chains.
I attached a distressed tag onto the end to give it an industrial feel.

And there you have it.
My take on the Steampunk theme.
I'm rather proud.

Thanks for stopping by!  

I'd like to enter this project in the following challenges:


  1. Wow Gloria you really do make him creepy, fantastic work! =) The tag is a great detail and all the chains! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  2. He is beyond fabulous, Glo! Especially love how you've attached his monocle to his ear and fabulous top hat. Brilliant! xxD

  3. this is totally awesome you have inspired me to get creative in altered art way so im gonna give something like this a go, thanks for joining us at Left of Centre Challenge Pam DT x

  4. I wondered what happen to these guys. This little man turned out AWESOME!!! I love everything about him.

  5. This is awesome! I am in awe!! Love that little hat too :)

  6. oh how I love this! Such a transformation, I am certainly feeling inspired!

  7. Very imaginative, you have totally transformed it.

    Thanks for joining us at Rhedd's Creative Challenge.

    Moira DT. xx

  8. What an awesome transformation. Love it!

  9. This is freaking cool. i love your doll heads

    That monocle is brilliant

  10. This is freaking awesome. That monocle is brilliant. I love how you do doll heads

  11. i love ur blog, everything looks so awesome *_*

  12. Love what you did with your repurposed doll head! Great steampunk piece! Thanks for playing this week at 613 Avenue Create!

  13. I love this! You need to send it to Just Steampunk for publication.

  14. I love this! You need to send it to Just Steampunk for publication.

  15. Beautiful design and fab composition. Thanks for playing in our neighborhood at 613 Avenue Create. We look forward to seeing you again.

  16. Thank you for sharing your fab project with us at Craftyhands, good luck! Xx

  17. Glo ! wow! Sir Cornelius is fabulous. He seems happy with himself and he looks awesome. wonderful art my friend.
    susan s

  18. OMG this is absolutely AMAZING and i love how you wrote your blog post too! he is definately awesome and a little creepy!
    Thank you for playing over at Left of Center Challenges :)
    Rachel, LOC DT

  19. fabulous make and thank you for sharing at Crafty Hands very good luck hun Judith DT x

  20. Beautiful creation ..Thankyou for joining us at the crafty girls challenge blog..good luck ..Anita DT

  21. whoa...i had commented on this from the DT I am on...but when I read the process I am totally impressed beyond measure! How on earth you thought of this Who Knows!!!! All the things from home that you used is so impressive. And DH to throw in bits, bless him! Polymere clay - I would not even think it would stick. Precious baby on the right looks like it is squinting - Help!!! lol Gosh...Do you give any tutorials? I would love to learn from you, and in person is impossible as I am in Toronto Area. Hugs Galore, Samara xox

  22. Glo, I've seen lots of doll heads re-done, and this one here is the best one that I have seen! You have truly done a brilliant job here! I so so so FREAKING, Love this!!!!!

  23. Totally impressive the whole process and the end result! Funky and fantastic. Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Winged Thing Challenge!

  24. I think this piece is absolutely fabulous! I like the idea of ​​transformation and how you made​​! Built and designed so perfect! All the details are beautiful and original, the hat and and the collar are my favorites! thanks for joining with us this week at Simon Syas Stamp Monday Challenge! BArbarayaya

  25. Great job!! Thanks so much for joining us this month at Inspiration Journal. =)


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