Saturday, February 19, 2011
I assume those leather wings flap as you push it along the floor, but I'd be hard pressed not to lock it up in a glass display case for fear of damaging it. It's just so gorgeous!
A lot of you have been sending me the new Panic! At the Disco's music video, The Ballad of Mona Lisa this week. It is definitely steampunk; the band even recruited the famous League of Steam to be in the video, as well as to help with the costumes and props. (I recognized Mr. Crackitus Potts first thing.)
I had to watch it two or three times before I fully "got" the storyline, but then again I was also distracted by all the steamy eye candy. Heh. Check it out:
And finally, for hours of fun browsing, be sure to bookmark LiveJournal's "Steampunk Style" forum. You'll find oodles of great clothing, jewelry, sculptures, and more. You can thank/curse me later. :D
Seen anything particularly steamy this week? Then tell me about it in the comments!
Monday, February 14, 2011
The other day I was swapping out my Christmas-scented candles (evergreen, cranberry, etc.) for my regular, every-day scented candles (anything that smells like it came from a bakery), when I noticed a problem: my candles are ugly.
I mean, they're just your typical glass jar candles, but the labels...well, just look at this thing:
Anyway, I turned to the Internet, and about an hour later I had this:
I could have stopped there, but those chrome lids are too modern and show every fingerprint, which is super annoying. So, a quick blast of primer and bronze spray paint later...
The one on the right is a vintage apothecary label (woot!) and the one on the left is, again, for French cologne. (I later sprayed that lid bronze, too.)
Actually a label for chocolate, but wouldn't it be great on a chocolate-scented candle?
I also love the idea of using the same apothecary label on all your candles, and then hand-writing in the different scents in ink. (Or use an old-timey handwriting font for that "authentic" spidery scrawl.)
And here's Inka's cologne label. Visit her site to download the apothecary design.
I somehow lost track of where I found this Art Nouveau label, but here 'tis:
You can also age your labels with a quick dunking/splattering of coffee or tea. Most of the ones I've found so far don't need it, but for apothecary labels especially you'll want that really well-worn look.
I'm still on the lookout for more great labels, guys, so if you find more please link to them in the comments!
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