Steampunk Pulley Gear Lamp

Ok, so you may or may not know that I love all things vintage and repurposing things is my fav.  So when I got these old VHS gears in the mixed media kit I was over the moon excited and my mind went wild!

I quickly began envisioning all sorts of things!  But this idea stuck!  So I had to do it justice!  I remembered a battery operated light bulb on a string that I had gotten from Dollar Tree and I got to work.

I began by picking out the gear that I felt best represented the pulley mechanism and I gave it a good thick coat of the black gesso by Little Birdie.

Once that dried I gave it a rub with the Caribbean Teal Little Birdie Tinted Metallic paint.

Next I did the same thing with the Gold Glaze Little Birdie Tinted Metallic Paint, mainly just hitting the raised areas and edges.

I was pleased with the patina and aged look it gave the gear.

Next I turned my attention to a scrap piece of leather I had from an old upholstery sample (you can usually ask your local furniture stores to save these for you).  I cut a strip of it, using the existing eyelet as my guiding hole.

I rounded the bottom edge of the strip and glued it down to the front of the gear.  Next I glued one of the Mechanicals “Machine Parts” metal gears by Prima.

Finally I looped the string of the light around the VHS gear and tack glued the other side of the leather strip and glued the whole piece to a piece of scrap wood.

I really love how this turned out and I’m super excited to have it hanging in my house!


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  1. Tres Jolie – Tape Reels
  2. R&L Essentials- Canvas – 4×12
  3. Little Birdie – Gesso – Black
  4. Little Birdie – Tinted Metallic Paint – Carribean Teal
  5. Little Birdie – Tinted Metallic Paint – Golden Glaze
  6. Little Birdie – Metallic Wax – Aqua Sheen
  7. Prima – Mechanicals – Machine Parts
  8. Prima – Vintage Trinkets

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