Thursday, January 28, 2016

Steampunk'd Dressform Hang Up

Hello and happy Thursday!  Barbara here again with another project using these fabulous Dressform Hang Ups from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  If you recall, last week I shared a Shabby Chic Dressform Hang Ups.  Click here to see that post.  This week, I am going all out in Steampunk style.
Step 1:  Paint Dressform Hang Up with Titan Buff, then rust, and dry brush with burnt umber.  Glue hanger piece on top of dress form hanger to create dimension.

Step 2:  Trace bodice onto jeweled paper, cut out and adhere to Dressform Hang Up.

Step 3:  Use chipboard piece removed from Dressform Hang Up  trace and cut out embossed faux leather paper, adhere to piece.

Step 4:  Place faux leather piece over corset, trace lower edge and remove.

Step 5:  Once removed, cut corset apart, as shown.  Save bottom piece for another project.

Step 6:  Paint corset with Paynes Grey, dab with Translucent Yellow Oxide, and cover with Titanium White antiquing cream.  Remove some of the antiquing cream with damp baby wipe to give the appearance of a patinated metal.  Thread 22g copper wire through holes in corset.

Step 7:  Glue corset to bodice, then glue faux leather belt on top, as shown.
Step 8:  Cut patterned paper to 7" x 12".  Spritz with water and gently crumple the paper until soft.  Carefully tear up the center and roll the edges.  Very gently shape the paper and dry with heat tool.  It will become very stiff and hold its shape.
Step 9:  To make the underskirt, cut a piece of coordinating patterned paper to fit the opening.  Also trim a piece from the Texture Sheets Gears and paint with white gesso.

Step 10:  Paint Texture Sheets Gears with Paynes Grey, dab with Translucent Yellow Oxide, and cover with Titanium White antiquing cream.  Remove some of the antiquing cream with damp baby wipe to give the appearance of a patinated metal.  

Step 11:  Glue gears and print paper beneath the opening in the skirt.  Cut apart a few more individual gears from the Texture Sheets Gears,  color with antique gold paste wax, and adhere randomly over the bottom texture sheet, as shown.

Step 12:  Glue skirt to bodice, as shown.  Use a good, tacky glue and place a heavy object over it until the glue dries.
Step 13:  Cut chain link in half, add gold metallic ink and heat emboss with gold embossing powder. Adhere to skirt in a crisscross manner.  Add a metal charm and metal studs, as shown.

Step 14:  Add one individual gear that is colored with antique gold wax to the hanger, as shown.  

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies used:
Dressform Hang Ups
Texture Sheets Gears
Chain Borders
Parisian Shape Set (corset)

Other supplies used:
12x12 scrapbook paper pad
Jeweled paper
Acrylic paint: Paynes Grey, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Translucent Yellow Oxide, Rusty
Titanium White Antiquing Cream 
Gold Metallic ink pad
Antique Gold wax paste
Gold embossing powder
Metal jewelry embellishment

I have to tell you that I am having a blast making these!  I can see many uses for them, as I said before.  And you are not limited to making the skirts from paper.  How about scraps of fabric, netting,  tulle, ribbon, and so on.  And think of the embellishing possibilities.  You are limited only by your imagination!  So stop by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts to see the wonderful selection of intricately cut chipboard you could use to make these your own!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!



  1. I love it Barbara! Dressforms are my fav! Great Job!

  2. So gorgeous, Barbara - love your awesome creation!!

  3. Thanks so much, ladies. I really am having fun with these!

  4. Ohhhh dear! This is scrumptious and so wowzers! Loves everythig about it. The chains are the icing on the cake for me. Gorgeous design and details! Awesome sauce. ~Niki

  5. Thanks so much for all the kind comments. You all have really made my day!

  6. Gahhhh!!! THUD!!! Drooling on keyboard and trying to pick jaw up off the floor!!! this is AHHH-MAZING!!! And super inspiring! Thank you so much! :)