Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Adventures in Steampunk Spinning (Painting My Wheel)

UPDATED-



After spinning my first skein of yarn on my new Babe's Spinning Wheel, I realized that the white PVC pipe "look" would simply not do. So I headed down to my local store to pick up some paint supplies to customize it. I got copper, gold, and bronze acrylic paint, along with metallic gun metal and black spray paint for plastics, and a satin top coat.


After roughing up the surface with sandpaper, I coated the whole thing in black. Then I sprayed the gun metal color. After that dried, I highlighted the joints with the copper acrylic on the joints and gold highlights throughout.


I contemplated staining the foot pedal and flyer, but I can't to afford all those supplies. So, I painted them in the bronze/gold acrylic paints, which came out beautifully. It's very steampunk inspired, and yet it matches my other house accessories wonderfully. It's now not an eye sore in the living room, and I love it!




UPDATED 6/20/2009
I got some gears from an Etsy store and glued them on. They are so cool!

11 comments:

Wayward said...

Definitely a huge improvement over white pvc! :)

Rosa said...

Great job! Those colors work wonderfully together. The Babe is a great wheel.

Sharon Rose said...

Holy cow! Brilliant!

Annkari said...

Just found my way here from Ravelry and have to say your wheel is absolutely gorgeous!

Morandia said...

LOVE! But you know that!

Debi said...

I love how you painted your wheel! Your's is the best I've seen. Very inspirational! The gears are just too cool! I bow to your creative genius!!!!

ChelleC said...

This is lovely. Perfect Steampunk wheel!!

If you don't mind me askig, where did you get the gears to decorate with? ChelleC at yahoo dot come

Dawning Dreams said...

Sure, I got them from http://www.etsy.com/shop/porkchopshow.

The Yarn Marm said...

Inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

Lexi said...

I just bought a black Babe and would love to do this to mine! How did you paint it? did you use a brush or spray paint?

Dawning Dreams said...

I mainly used spray paint, then I brushed on the fine details.