June 28, 2010

Soap Box Meets STEAMPUNK


Soap Box turned into Steampunk Assemblage by Vintage with Laces

When the creative mind LISA over at tarnished and tattered announced the “Outside the Box” art challenge, I knew I would like to participate.  The task was to alter a “Pure and Natural” soap box.  The soaps of this company come in different shaped boxes and the one I got to play with was oblong and had a  “window” that would just make a perfect picture frame.

So my first thought was to use a lovely vintage photo, adhere old book pages to the box and add some pieces of lace and fabrics as well as some buttons. It was really tempting but would that have been a challenge for me? No, not really since these are the things I usually love to play with.

Therefore I went through my stash of junk treasures, trying to come up with another idea. I picked a lot of different things, just to lay them aside pretty fast. Then there was this doll head that seemed to reappear on my working table consistently and all of a sudden told me that it wanted to be “steampunked”. I got hooked on that idea and took out my small collection of watch parts, some nuts and a tiny screw wrench. First I had to prepare the the box though. I painted it black and then put a layer of gesso on, letting some black  and bits of the original box color showing through.

The doll head had a hole on top which inspired me to let something “grow” out of it and the first thing that came into my mind was a light bulb. I didn’t have such a small one that would have the typical shape but I had Christmas lights. I took one of those, removed the plastic part, cut off the lower glass end and filled it with tiniest watch parts I had. I added clear UTEE powder and heated it up with my heat gun, so that it would look like the parts are floating inside when cooled down. On top of it I put a screw. Unfortunately I couldn’t get any better pictures of it. I’m sorry!

Soap Box turned into Steampunk Assemblage by Vintage with Laces

I added snippets out of a vintage schoolbook for physics education, more watch parts

Soap Box turned into Steampunk Assemblage by Vintage with Laces



Soap Box turned into Steampunk Assemblage by Vintage with Laces

and this is the finished result

Soap Box turned into Steampunk Assemblage by Vintage with Laces


Soap Box turned into Steampunk Assemblage by Vintage with Laces


It had been lots of fun to participate in this challenge. Thank you, LISA for coming up with this great idea!

To see the amazing soap box creations of our our challenge hostess and the other participants please click


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Have a wonderful week, dear friends!

Hugs,
Julia

64 comments:

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Julia,
WOW,your soap box looks so cool.
Love what you did with it.
So many details to look at.
Have a greaat day my friend.
Hugs,
Marie

The Feathered Nest said...

Julia!!! Your box is just WONDERFUL!!!! I love that you stepped out of your comfort zone and created this amazing piece of art....who would ever think it began as a soap box!! hugs and love, Dawn

LiLi M. said...

I love love love what you did! All different typo's, the kind of machinery that's going on... it really is amazing. You could well call this box: thinking outside of the mind. Love it (or did I already tell you that?). Have fun today seeing what all party goers made of their boxes! Have a fun week, and a sunny one too!

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

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Julia darling...you are THE steam punk queen of soap boxes!!!!
I LOVE THIS!!!!

At first, when I looked at your first photo, I thought I was looking at the cover of an art magazine!!!! It's beautiful!!!!

You are so talented Julia...everything you touch is fabulous.

Speaking of fabulous...your photos are GORGEOUS!!!! All fancy with your watermark on them...you GO girl :)

I just love you to pieces. Let me post my soap box sometime today and then hopefully I will sit and open your beautiful boxes that are sitting on my table. I am off of work all this week to dig in and enjoy all my goodies!!!

Love You!!!!

Linda K. said...

Amazing creation and totally out of the 'soap box'! I like that steampunk look.

Linda

TinyBear said...

Ohhhhh I love your box Julia - it´s absolutely stunning. What a great idea. LOVE it.
xo Tina

natalea said...

this is incredible! how creative and wonderful! love every detail!
xo natalea

Les Cotrions said...

What a beauty here today!!!! Your box is amazing!!! Gorgeous details!
Happy new week Julia!
Vale

Fabric Art said...

Julia your steampunk soap box is fantastic, all these wondeful things, really great work.
Anni

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Julia ~ Your box is wayyy cool and so very creative !! I am loving seeing all of the different ideas that everyone had, it is so much fun ~
xoxo
Lori

Jane said...

It's amazing to see the soap box turn into such a cool steampunk box.
You are so creative and I always enjoy seeing your projects....you are such an inspiration!
Jane

Tarnished and Tattered said...

Julia,
Okay, it's official now. I'm taking my sad box off the post! Yours is absolutely AMAZING! Julia, you are so freaking talented! That little box looks huge in your photos, especially with all you have going on inside. Of course I knew yours would be the bomb. Thank you so much for participating.
I made Jodie scream at the Paper Cowgirls event. We were sitting in our beds one night looking on the computer & I said 'I got Julia' picture' & showed her to make her jealous. Then she screamed, 'Julia has my hat on'!!!!!!!! We will talk one day soon. Lisa

madrekarin said...

Julia- That is so cool! I love everything about your creation, especially the light bulb coming out of the doll's head. Superb. :)

DeeDee said...

Julia

Wow, so different and unique...I love it...

DeeDee
http://deedeescraftspot.blogspot.com/2010/06/soap-box-challenge.html

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Julia, this is absolutely FANTASTIC!!!! I love it!!!!

The holes in the top of the dolls head is for stringing *)

xxoo

Lori said...

Wow, Julia, this is SPECTACULAR! Just love all the little pieces that bring it all together, really, really wonderful!

Sue@MyArtsDesire said...

Julia, OH MY GOODNESS! This is absolutely, positively, amazingly gorgeous, creative, and detailed. I am in awe....what an incredible piece of art. Going back for my third time through these photos...

Crazy4Art4U said...

Wow! I am impressed that you really thought out of the box, so far that you went into another genre! Very cute indeed...
Have a beautiful day,
Beth

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

That is gorgeous in a spooky-Frankenstienish way! Love it!!!

Fran. said...

OMG!! Just way to cool!! Your talent is such a gift!!! XO Fran.

Leanne said...

Julia, this looks awesome. This was something I wanted to take part in but knew I didn't have the time to, so I am soaking in all the creativity as inspiration. I am liking the way steampunk is making its way from books into art :)

Recycled Rita said...

Very cool! I love it! karen....

Thespa McLaughlin said...

WOW! You totally rocked this challenge! Love your soapbox creation! Thanks for sharing.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh, Oh, Oh....I love this...you did a fantastic, beyond gorgeous job! I love it!!

The Tin Rabbit said...

Oh Julia...This is wonderful!!! I love,love it! You are so talented! Ann

June said...

Julia I don't think I could come up with enough superlatives to describe what I think of this piece of art. I will NEVER look at a soap box the same way again! And to think they all end up in the trash here. In my little pea-brain, I would have never looked this far out of the box...ever! I LOVE IT!
hugs

Lululiz said...

That is absolutely amazing, I am speechless.

Dorthe said...

Sweet dear friend of mine,
this is increadible wonderfull,
how special,Julia, and so perfect with all the items you found,to be a part of it,-.It`s genial, or you are sweetie and it is a masterpiece,and so cool.
Thanks so much for wakening me up today,
love and hugs, and many kys.
Dorthe

Karen said...

Julia - it is fabulous. Definitely outside the box for you. And you made it absolutely amazing.
Each and every little piece . . . fabulous.
Loved this. But I pretty much love everything you do.
:) Karen

Kari said...

I can see what is in the lightbulb!!! What a freakin fantastic idea!!!!! What you all do with a frozen charlotte is jaw droppin amazing!!! Thanks for sharing how you made the lightbulb I gotta try it just once!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Stunning! I loved your steampunk theme idea, and your execution was spot on! Great job!
xoxo
Donna

Kris Pare said...

This is an awesome box! I love the embellishments. Thank you for sharing!

WW said...

That is really cool!

Beth A. said...

Whew! This is sooo cool! Love it. I love the look and use of "found" objects.

Debby said...

Hi Julia, what a fabulous and very cool piece you have created for this challenge, totally amazing. Love your work.
Hugs,
Debby

Rebecca said...

OMG I love the box! I have to try me some steampunk!! ha you did an amazing job on your box
It is way cool
Blessings
Rebecca

Kathy said...

This is WONDERFUL!! I love everything about it AND I want all of the stuff ON it!! Great work. I just found your blog and am thrilled that I did! - Have a great week. Kathy

BellaRosa said...

Julia amor...first...I have soo missed visiting you and our wonderful emails! I promise one is on the way soon :) Now as for your lil box challenge creation..amor, this is deliciously wonderful! It is something I never would have thought of from you and that makes it all the more special because you went outside your comfort zone and took a chance to create something new and you did as my dad used to say...A stupendous bang up job :) Amazing...even though it is something you normally don't do.. in the colors and items you chose to use...I see you :) Miss you lots & lots, Besos, Rose

Kim said...

I love everything about it! All the elements are so perfect together. Thanks so much for posting pics!!

clustres said...

So creative and wonderfully steampunk!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

This is AMAZING!!!! Holy cow, this is one of my favorite ones I've seen so far.

Love it! :-)

Anne

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

Wow! ... what an amazing and creative work you have made.
And to think this was a soap box.
You are so very talented and love what you have made.
Thanks for showing us.

I hope that you are having a lovely week
Hugs
Carolyn

Karen Valentine said...

Julia, I am in awe of your amazing creation!!! I feel so lucky to gaze upon it's awesomeness! No, really! I just keep going back and looking at it over and over again! Where the heck have I been to miss your wonderful blog! Well, I am remedying that issue and adding you to my blogroll ASAP!
xo,
Karen

Andrea said...

LOVE this!!

Sandy said...

Tja meine Vorschreiberinnen haben ja schon alles gesagt. Mir fehlen bei solchen Werken nur noch die Worte. Das ist das coolste Steampunk Werk, was ich bis jetzt gesehen habe liebe Julia. Mir fehlen die Worte so einfach ist das :)

Diane said...

Great idea...steampunked to perfection =)

Martina2801 said...

Ganz fantastisch, liebe Julia! Ich bin ganz hin und weg......

Pam Kellogg said...

OH my gosh Julia, that is so interesting! You come up with the neatest things!

shabbychicinspired said...

Ganz schnell vorbei geflitzt komm! Boah, Hammer, Julia! Einfach genial! Hmmmm, hast Du meine Adresse, kicher! ;o))) Super!!! Bin total begeistert. Ich komme leider im Moment zu gar nichts. Wünsche Dir noch einen tollen sonnigen Tag! Ganz liebe Grüße, Viola :o)

stampdiva said...

The transformation of a soap box into such an outstanding piece of artwork is mind blowing! Amazing. Lynne M

vintage wil said...

WOW,your soap box looks so cool!!
Its gorgeous!!!!

Les Cotrions said...

Ciao Julia!Yes I had a very special time and a wonderful birthday!
Have a great Summer week...here we are boiling!!!! Very hot!
Big hugs
Vale

Sue said...

Julia this piece is astounding! I love how you have used such varied elements and textures and brought them all together in such a wonderful cohesive way. Everything
"works", so to speak, and the whole of it is amazing.

Well done! Now off to check out your links.

Hugs,

Sue

Nancy Maxwell James said...

what a gorgeous piece of art collage you have created. Each embellishment is AMAZING! Beautiful composition and thank you for inspiring us all! Have a wonderful weekend Julia! :)

Rostrose said...

Liebstige Julia! Also zunächst mal: was für eine witzige, verrückte, schöne Idee plus hochkünstlerischer Ausführung!!! Einfach genial, den alten Puppenkopf mit einzubeziehen!!!
Und vielen Dank für deine süße Ansprache *ggg*! "Eyjafjallajökull" ist übrigens der Name des Vulkans, der "sich in deinem Hirn einfach nicht festsetzen will" und dem du all das zu verdanken hast ;o) (Ich merke mir den Namen mit der Eselsbrücke "Eier-Fäller Jockel" (Wenn es einen Holzfäller gibt, kann es ja vielleicht auch einen Eierfäller geben, und warum sollte dessen Name nicht Jockel sein, nichtwahr? ;o)) Ich drück dich ganz lieb - und der Cecil kriegt katzenminzeduftige Streicheleinheiten! Auf bald, trau.mau

Xela said...

Das Dingens sieht echt irre gut aus. Schöne Woche Julia. l.G. Alexandra

Pearl Maple said...

Fabulous creation, followed your link from one of the creative blog parties and really enjoyed visiting your posts.

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Julia....oh my gosh you just keep amazing me. I guess this is the best recycling I've seen in a long time...a soap box never looked so good.
It's like a pretty female version of Frankenstein. I need one of those tubes on top of my head where they could add in more brains:))
You are just too cool and talented!
xxx
Carole

Sandra said...

jesses. wo ist mein sauerstoffzelt? hömma, das ding ist der KRACHER! richtig richtig toll. wow.

lillyslace said...

This is sooo wicked! It's kinda Jekell it's kinda Hyde, I love it and I want to go to her next class! I just keep looking back at this and saying wow. It makes my Christmas projects pale in comparison! Please let me know when the next class is! Many thanks-cindy

cat lacigale said...

Amazing piece of Art ! I am discovering your blog right now and I am stunned !!!!....

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

How cool! and truly an ispiration. My boyfriend is constantly telling me to think outside the box. LOL I'll have to try one of these too. :)

Mary Lindsay said...

Your box is fantastic, I love it. In fact I have just found your blog and love all of it.
I have loads of Steampunk parts but had lost my creative mind for a wee while( like Sparkey when he lost his voice) but thanks to you I feel it heading back into my brain where it belongs. Many thanks for this and your lovely blog.

Sheila Earhart said...

I love LOVE this piece! (Well, all of your work)! I couldn't find a soap box, darn. Keep up the awesome work, you are very talented!

Sheila
Portland, OR