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Posted By Pixeldog [Profile] [Gallery] Category Mail Art: Traded and for Swaps
Original Filesize 137.8 KB Original Dimensions 600 x 600
Date Posted 02-20-2012 07:09 PM Number Of Views 1214
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Title Heart of Steam (Oblique View)
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Built for RobbyGirl's "Be Still My Heart" chunky swap. I've never done a chunky swap before so I just sort of winged it.

I had an idea mix a bunch of materials together that would create a industrial/Victorian/steam punk kind of look. I've always liked the look of mixing rusty iron, dirty wood and polished steel together. I've painted that effect but I've never actually built it. I figured this would be a good project to revise my old modeling skills, fire up my static airbrush and dig out my metal crafting tools. It was also a good facilitator for opening up every box of bits in my house as well a trip to the hardware and dollar store.

The heart contains a balsa wood frame(stained and varnished) on the left half, a styrene frame on the right (painted to look like heavy aged iron) The shiny metal plates have been embossed to look like it's been riveted. The circular charm chamber on the left rotates on a brass axle that is mounted on 45 degree angle (like a globe). The mechanical bits consist of a few Tim Holtz gears, tons of jewelry bits I raided from Janni's stores, brass tubing for the exhaust ports (right side), brass nuts, copper wire, brads and a few sewing snaps. There is even parts from a dismantled child's toy motorcycle that I raided to get the gears from the wind up mechanism as well as using the toy's chain drive which look awesome when painted in rust iron colors.
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I haven't been an AFA member long, but before I even looked to see who made this I told myself that has to be PD. I was right.....that is absolutely amazing...what a great piece!!!!
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Incredible! I am drooling beyond belief. I know that this is for Robbie (because, how could she part with it), but I would make almost anything for you, if you would make me a similar one. *bats eyes and smiles coyly*
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This is amazing!!
 
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This is soooo wonderful!
 
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omg....amazing
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