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Steampunk Aquaria from Toy-Dispenser Bubbles and Bases


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About what it says in the title. Junk to jewels! Took some little gumball-machine toy dispenser bubbles, some scrap bits, and some GW Bitz that my friendly l.g.s let me fish out of the Sprue Heap. 

 

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The goal was to make some baroque domed aquaria in the steampunk and dieselpunk line--the sort you might see in a Hellboy comic or Victorian science fiction.

 

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One is good, but now I've got the urge to make more!

This one used a Reaper base and a Wizkids base to make the stand. Some Ork canisters provided plumbing:

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They would be good museum pieces, space characters, or simply curiosities in The Fisherman's Rest:

 

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Next up: Bombshell brains and craft-store jewelry domes, plus a dollhouse candlestick and the Bitz to make a brain-in-a-jar!

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BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE
My work uses glass capillary tubes that come in clear plastic cylinder tubes.
The tubes that GreenStuffWorld rollers come in would work just as well. Put s lick of algae-colored wash on...

 

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A little paint on some clear plastic cellophane....

 

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and some reindeer moss...

 

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...and presto! glue the moss at the bottom of the tubes and insert the painted plastic inside along with other figures as desired.

 

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Note: the same technique in miniature works for paintbrush protectors!

 

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Maybe I should give the tube tanks a brass base too. 

 

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