John and I are just back from a whirlwind trip to Williamsburg, but of course I can't stop crafting even when we're traveling, so....
Steampunk Easter eggs!
I made the eggs using the same metal tape technique I showed you guys last year, applied over paper craft eggs from JoAnn's. They're finished off with a few jewelry charms from my stash, held in place with black-tipped sewing pins.
That copper "Easter grass" around the eggs is actually a copper scrubbing sponge, unraveled. It makes a delightfully springy metal tube when you unroll it, so I'm already trying to think up new crafty uses for it.
This egg - my favorite - has a propeller charm layered over a small metal gear:
It was a bit tedious cutting and "riveting" all the tiny pieces of metal tape for these, but I love the look.
And since I was working on these at my parents' house, I couldn't resist using some of my dad's antique clock collection for the photos:
In fact, we got to take another of Dad's clocks home with us - thanks for our help with some more home remodeling. (I figure by the time we help them redo the whole house, I'll have his entire collection. Muah-ha-haaa.)
And finally, I made that cute little top hat "basket" holding the eggs from thin craft foam, using this tutorial & template:
The template is an instant download for $5, and I think well worth the money. It'd have taken me forever to figure out the angles for the side panels, not to mention the brim size!
Plus the guy behind LostWax, Chris, has several more great templates and videos, which I guarantee you'll want to watch. He's really inspired me to play with foam more, now that I've witnessed the miracle of contact cement. (Seriously. SO FUN.) I can see myself making lots more of these hats, too, now that I'm home and have access to all my crafting tools!
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