Plumb Outta Time – The Making Of

Posted on September 16, 2015 in Work In Progress by Katie

WIP Wednesday Feature:

“Plumb Outta Time”

Plumb Out of Time - The Making Of by KatersAcres

Polymer Clay Steampunk & Plumbing Wall Hanging


This piece was published in Polymer Cafe, Spring 2016 Issue

This week for WIP Wednesday, I’m sharing something a little different. Instead of showing you random shots through ought the week, how about I show you my biggest and my most fun project … Plumb Outta Time.

 

My Late Grandfather was a journeyman plumber. When he passed, my husband inherited many of his spare parts from various jobs. And we all know how must tool-savvy men are … they hoard tools & spare parts like girls hoard shoes & purses. So, following our September monthly challenge theme from Christi Friesen, “Organical Mechanical,” I decided to just see where the clay led. I raided all the spare pieces & parts to get the cool brass, copper, & other bits for this piece. Because this was made with my Grandfather in mind, it has his initials JMT on the bottom portion of the design on a faux steel plate.

Here’s a few step-by-step, behind the scenes look at how I made it as well.

Plumb Out of Time - The Making Of by KatersAcres

Vintage Glass Stones from B'Sue BoutiquesYou can see the nicely beveled edge of this 5 x 7 piece of wood. This is by no means a small item. You can also see in these photos that the main brass components came first. Then came the fun & the decorating with clay, brass, gears, brads, & metal pieces. Perhaps my most favorite part however was adding in some of these stunning and drop dead gorgeous vintage glass stones from B’Sue Boutiques (see the picture at right for just a sample of the many I received). You can buy your own here.


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