[Honest truth: I couldn’t wait to write this post. Or rather: I couldn’t wait to publish this post, so I wrote it in advance, even before I received notice from the recipient that the shrine had arrived. Whether this is really a masterpiece of mine, probably depends on your taste. But somehow I am extremely curious to hear what you think of this RAPS.]
But let me start at the beginning: Sometime a while ago, I received a package from England, containing some lovely vintage tins as well as bits from a broken pocket watch, among other things. The shipment came from Rachel, whom I know as a steampunk enthusiast. There was no deal connected to the shipment – she didn’t send me the tins with the instruction to make something for her. And for several months I duly didn’t do anything and wasn’t planning to. And then my creative flash hit me. I decided to create something specifically for Rachel with the material she had sent me. And this is it.
Isn’t that a gorgeous tin? Yes, I know, tobacco is not PC these days
says the reformed smoker, but the gorgeous deep red, the scuffed tin and the lovely words – “sweet Rosemary” – all that gets my imagination going… Unfortunately I did not take measurements, but the dimensions of the tin are about 10 x 7 cm, and it is quite deep… So here it is:
I know I know – I obscured the gorgeous Mr Thornton. But remember, this is a steampunk shrine, so that is deliberate. I loved using all those fiddly little pieces from the pocket watch – watch faces, cogs and wheels. The background consists of really old book pages, there are the cover and fly leaf of Gaskell’s North and South – and the gold frame in the corner actually holds a picture of Elizabeth Gaskell herself.
Gee, I really hope Rachel likes NS… As for the bottom of the shrine:
No worries, just joking… Here it is in full beauty:
There we have the original steampunk himself… hehe. But as a quick explanation: I couldn’t bear throwing away that transparent paper lining that came with the tin. It was stuck in the lid, and I simply decided to use it like those thin, transparent pieces of paper that you often find in photo albums… However, if Rachel doesn’t like it, she can always throw it out. – The two laser-cut gear wheels actually come from Rachel’s boyfriend who has a business that creates laser-cut items, iirc.
Enquiries in the comments please 😉 And if you look closely, you will notice that the candle sits in a little clear “saucer”. That is actually the glass cover of a wrist watch and also came in Rachel’s package. I used it to stabilise the candle holder – because I decided to not poke any holes in that gorgeous tin lid. This way, the candle can be balanced on one of the wheels… See in the following picture:
So there we are – my first attempt at a steampunk creation. I have no idea whether it cuts the mustard in that genre. I know next to nothing about it and just
literally fumbled my way through this shrine.
In any case – I had great fun creating it. Having been sent all these bits and bobs worked wonders for my imagination. I had to think and experiment and work out by trial and error what worked and what didn’t, and I loved playing with this tin. Without praising myself, I have to say I quite like the result, not least because it differs from my usual pocket shrines: Not only is it a good bit bigger than the tins I normally use – the only comparable, previously created RAPS of that size coincidentally also depicts Mr Thornton – but it also is less focussed on
poor chat-up lines pithy puns than my usual work…
I can only hope that it will pass muster for the Steam Hygienist aka Rachel. If not – just fling it in the bin!