Time to play...
The mask was in my stash. I purchased it from Joanne's Fabrics several years ago but there are similar stick masks available online. I covered the whole mask with a light coat of Silver Blends 2, rubbing it on with my fingers, before adding Rose Gold as a blush and lipstick. I left it to dry overnight and then used my heat gun to completely set the ink. (Be very careful to not overheat and damage the mask!) I also hit it was a clear acrylic matte spray to seal it.
The gears I used are actually laser cut from chipboard and are a new product designed by Candy Rosenberg for A Vintage Girl. I painted on a coat of gesso to the chipboard gears. (When you apply inks on top of this white base the colors will be true and strong. Also, the chipboard can be very absorbent and the gesso kind of seals it so you use less of the inks!)
I used 5 of Eileen's ColorBox Blends 2 inks - Copper, Rose Gold, Silver, Ebony and Flagstone - and applied them with a paint brush. Eileen's inks are very concentrated and a little bit goes a long way and that is especially true of the metallics.
Her inks also blend beautifully which gives you a virtually unlimited palette of colors! I actually mixed the Ebony and Flagstone to create a custom color for the large gear: a dark gray that reminds me of iron.
I melted Eileen's Glistening Glass Molten Dimensions on the metallic gears, using her Clear Blends 2 ink first so the embossing powder would stick. It honestly looked a bit too shiny and new so I grunged it up a bit with Ebony Blends 2 and applied another coat of the Glistening Glass.
Next I added bits of Polished Silver Molten Dimensions to the dark gray gears...
|Clear Blends 2 ink can be used on top of any color to hold your embossing powder. |
Since it is a pigment ink it stays wet for a long time!
...and finished it off with a dusting of Black Magic Molten Dimensions. I love the mottled, imperfect texture you can get with this super chunky embossing powder!
I used Eileen's Clear Blends 2 to wet the lips and then applied Glistening Glass Molten Dimensions. (Just be sure to not melt the mask when you melt the embossing powder!)
To attach the gears to the mask I used a Crop-A-Dile to punch two holes...
...and then used brads and screws to hold it in place. A burnt out appliance bulb from my stash (yes I really do save some weird things) fit perfectly in one of the holes and was held in place with a Zots glue dot.
I applied a circular rub on from my stash to a large clear Dew Drop...
...and then attached it to the mask with clear drying craft glue from Therm O Web.
I added a Memory Light inside the mask as a fun surprise! The light itself is held in position behind the Dew Drop eyeball with Therm O Web Supertape. The activator button was adhered to the mask with a couple of Zots.
Simply pressing a button now lights up the eye!
For the other eye I decided to add a compass I found at the local scrap store. I used a Zots to hold it in place temporarily...
...before securing it with the iCraft clear drying glue.
Voila! Super easy DIY steampunk mask!
Steampunk Mask Supplies:Clearsnap ColorBox Blends 2 Metallics - Copper, Rose Gold, Silver
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends 2 - Ebony, Flagstone, Clear
Emerald Creek/Eileen Hull Molten Dimensions - Black Magic, Polished Silver, Glistening Glass
A Vintage Girl - Steampunk Gear Set, Chipboard
The Robin's Nest - Large Clear Dew Drops
Therm O Web - Zots, Supertape, iCraft Glue
Memories and More - Memory Light