I've raved before about Thomas Willeford's excellent instructional book, Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker's Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts. In my opinion the most useful of the tutorials in that book is his guide to turning a brass lamp into a steampunk gun. This style of gun is a serious step up from a modded Nerf gun, but it does require a little more know-how.
|This is a crappy cell phone pic, but it's the |
only one I have of the lamp
as I bought it.
Meanwhile, I went back and told my husband about the lamp. He was skeptical and didn't understand why I was so excited about the lamp. It was only later that I realized I had never actually SAID I wanted the lamp to make into a gun. I thought that was obvious. However he was thinking about the fact that we had no need of another lamp in the house.
Anyway, it was several days before I got back to the thrift store with cash in hand, almost sure my lamp would be gone. It WASN'T.
You may be able to see that this lamp had some white paint on it. I cleaned it off with some Goo Gone, and then used a buffing attachment on a Dremel to get the rest of the paint off. I used a black Sharpie and some paint to fill in the deep creases to make sure all the white was gone. I also added some copper colored Rub N' Buff in a few places.
After the grip and gun body were finally attached, it was time for final decorative elements. The hole in the rear of the gun was the perfect size for a vacuum tube, so we glued one in place. And then I attached the brass bits to the sides of the grip. They are actually parts of drawer pulls, but we bought them as is from a box of similar parts at a junk sale. I connected these bits to the finial on the top of the gun with corkscrews of wire. I made the corkscrews by simply wrapping thick craft wire around a thick marker.