Where can I buy your stuff?
As of right now, I only physically vend at one event, C.O.G.S. (Community Organized Gathering of Steampunks) in Parsippany, NJ. I am looking to expand. However, I do take commissions and personal orders. Send me an email, we can chat about what you would like, I'll send an invoice via PayPal, I will make your creature and mail him or her off to you!
Where did you come up with the idea to make steampunk robots?
I have always been fascinated with the steampunk genre and the balance of form and function, so when I saw a semi broken animatronic toy with matted and missing fur I decided to take a peek under the hood. He was fascinating and very creepy. It took quite alot of experimentation, but in the end he was beautiful. I showed him to some friends and the response was overwhelmingly positive. I was nervous about opening my own business, so made a few more and took them to a steampunk themed event. People offered to on the spot buy them off of me. I went home and filed for a business license.
How much time goes into one of your pieces?
A lot. Each piece takes days, sometimes weeks, and in the case of my big girl, Tricy, 3 months.
How do you make the robots?
After I find a 'bot, I try to fix any issues it has there are usually broken sensors, missing pieces and cosmetic damage. Then I add a sculpt to them, building up faces, ears, arms or whatever else they need. After that I spend 2 or 3 years sanding them. Or at least it feels that way. Then I spraypaint them black or brown. Afterwards I add texture to them. I use a method of painting called dry brushing, which does not work well on flat surfaces. In order to get the depth of color and make them appear to be metal I have to add a texture. Then the dry brushing, sometimes I spend a day or 2 painting 1 piece. Then comes the sealant and my favorite phase "the doodad phase"! Each critter is different, some get spinning gears, top hats, hand cast resin monocles, canes, bow ties, fezs, bracers, jetpacks, saddles, or just interesting bits and bobs I have picked up along the way.
Have you ever considered building your own robots from scratch?
Yes. It could be fabulous, it could be fun, but the pieces could not be as small as they are . They would also be prohibitively expensive. I may build something eventually, just to show I can, but I really enjoy what I am doing now.
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