Industrial Chic Steampunk Key Holder

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Steampunk Key Holder From Reclaimed Machine Gears

After the recent sale of the key holder me and my family have used for the last few years, I felt the pressure to replace it.  I immediately thought of a steampunk theme.  It is the driving force force for me to acquire steel gears from surplus sources.

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This industrial chic steampunk key holder pretty much came together as I imagined it.   I first arc welded the gears in what I thought was an interesting pattern.  Then cut a square steel bar I had handy then I hand formed my hooks.  I maintained an imperfect natural steel finish to add to the industrial chic charm.  This key holder could work in a number of decor settings.  It could perfectly fit in with a vintage country cottage or an ultramodern contemporary work space.  The possibilities are endless.

 

 

Sunburst Key Holder

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Sunburst Theme to brighten your decor

I am realizing the utility of keyholders and I enjoy welding them.  They are usually simple and not very big so they would be a lower priced item in my collection.  The key holder featured here is a sunburst made from a hemispherical pipe cap and square cut nails braze welded together using bronze filler rod. The nbronze joints add some interesting contrast to the grey steel.  I took it a little further and decided to accentuate it a bit.

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First I coated the wire brushed sculpture with Krylon Crystal Clear Flat.  This will help seal the bare metal surface from oxidation while providing a dull matt surface to paint on. What I was going for was an warm orange hued bronze color affect on the sun. I also decided to even out the color of the grey steel with darkened silver paint.  For the accent paints, I used water based acrylic metallic paints.  I used the dry brushing technique to apply layers of the metallic paint to minimize brush strokes and to quicken dry time between coats.  I first applied a little copper colored paint to the sun to brighten it. Afterwards, I mixed some copper with bright gold to get a bronze color.  This went over the copper color and it created much depth. This was especially true after I covered the whole thing with Krylon Crystal Clear Gloss.  As you can see from the photo, it really came alive. This sunburst kep holder is listed in my Etsy shop.