steampunk-bag-ultimate-diy-guide

Hello there and welcome to this awesome guide! We put hours of work into making this guide as detailed as possible for you. We recommend skimming through this entire page before you begin your project. This includes skimming through the 20+ minutes of detailed footage we have provided as well. Many parts of the videos have been sped up for the sake of brevity.

If you notice some odd formatting with the text, like extra spaces and what not, it’s because we made this guide originally as a PDF and it doesn’t convert 100% cleanly to an HTML webpage. It is still though, 100% readable.

Enjoy!

Tools & Materials:

materials-1
1. Handbag of your choice
(Mine is a faux leather brown satchel that measures 8.25 in x 2.5 in x 6.25 in.
You can find the bag I bought at the link below:
NEED NEW LINK )
2. 12 in x 24 in Brown Faux Leather
(You can find this material at any fabric store)
3. Rub ‘n Buff Wax Metallic Finish
(We will use the color “Spanish Copper” the most during our creation. You may
also want to get “Antique Gold” and “Silver Leaf” like I did to add a variety of
color on the details of the bag. If you cannot find Rub ‘n Buff Wax at your local
craft store, use any other wax metallic finish)
4. 2 Black Craft Foam Sheets
(You can find these sheets at any craft store)
5. 7 Clear Translucent Papers
(You can find these in a pack at any craft store)
6. 2 Sheets Of Graph Ruled Paper
(You can find these at any craft store)

materials-2

7. Gorilla Glue
(You can also use any other strong fast drying
glue that bonds metal, plastic,
rubber and leather)
8. Two Part Epoxy Quick Set
(You can find this at any hardware store)
9. XActo
Knife
(You can find this at any craft store or hardware store)
10.Small Painting Brush
(You can find this at any craft store)
11.Pencil, Eraser, Ruler & Tape
12.Latex Gloves
13.Embellishments:
(You may find a different selection of embellishments at your local craft store and in your home. I encourage using your imagination when choosing the
embellishments for your bag)

steampunk-bag-ultimate-diy-guide-instructions-hand-bag

. “Bead Landing Found Objects Antique Silver, Copper And Brass
Gears” (You can find the small gears I bought at the link below:
http://www.michaels.com/foundobjectsantiquesilvercopperandbrassg
ears/10181451.html )
. “Bead Landing Found Objects Gear Charm Assortment” (You can find
the large gears I bought at the link below:

http://www.michaels.com/beadlandingfoundobjectsgearcharmassortm

. “Tim Holtz IdeaOlogy
Timepieces” (You can find the watch faces I
bought at this link: http://www.michaels.com/10161270.html )
. Found Objects : Long and short black screws, old USB cord, matches,
metal nuts and bolts, metal fasteners, metal spring, etc. (You can find
these objects in your own toolbox!)

PART 1: Drawing Your Design
This part consists of the planning and drawing of your bag design. If you
are not interested in drawing the design yourself, you can skip Part 1 and
use the design I provided for you in Part 2. Keep in mind that for best
results, you want to have a design that was created specifically for your
own bag and embellishments.
Step 1: Gathering of materials (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ceMDKpn5g
from 0:02 to 0:07)
Grab a selection of some of the best embellishments you found and all the drawing
materials we are going to use for all of Part 1.The materials you are going to need are:
your bag, pencil, eraser, ruler, tape, clear translucent paper and graph ruled paper.

steampunk-bag-ultimate-diy-guide-instructions-hand-bag-2 steampunk-bag-ultimate-diy-guide-instructions-hand-bag-3
Step 2: Numbering the translucent papers (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ceMDKpn5g
from 0:08 to 0:22)
Take one of your translucent papers and write a “#1” on the top left corner of the page.
Now take a second translucent paper and write a “#2” on the top left corner. Do the
same with a third translucent paper and write a “#3” on it. I will refer to these translucent
papers by their number throughout this guide.
Step 3: Taping the graph ruled paper (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ceMDKpn5g
from 0:23 to 0:33)
Tape a graph ruled paper behind #1. Do this by only using the tape on one side (See
left picture below) so you can open up the papers like a folder. (See right picture below).

steampunk-bag-ultimate-diy-guide-instructions-hand-bag-4

We are going to use the translucent paper to trace the bag and the graph paper to draw
things evenly after we draw our first sketch.
Step 4: Lightly tracing the bag (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ceMDKpn5g
from 0:34 to 1:03)
Place #1 on the bag and lightly trace the flat top of the bag (See picture below).

Lightly draw in any unique components like straps or decorations that are on the flat top
of your bag. You should get something like this:

steampunk-bag-ultimate-diy-guide-instructions-hand-bag-5
Make sure to watch the “Part 1: Drawing Your Design” video I have provided for you to
follow along all the tricky steps in Part 1.
Step 5: Measuring and defining outlines (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ceMDKpn5g
from 1:04 to 1:38)
Now that you have your lightly traced drawing on #1, go back and measure the flat top
of your bag with a ruler for exact measurements.

steampunk-bag-ultimate-diy-guide-instructions-hand-bag-6 steampunk-bag-ultimate-diy-guide-instructions-hand-bag-7
Once you have measured all different sides of the flat top, you can go back to your
lightly traced drawing and define the outlines using straight lines, the exact
measurements and with more pressure on the pencil.

steampunk-bag-ultimate-diy-guide-instructions-hand-bag-8 steampunk-bag-ultimate-diy-guide-instructions-hand-bag-9

 

Step 6: Placing the embellishments (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ceMDKpn5g
from 1:39 to 2:07)
For this step, you are going to need the embellishments you selected in Step 1. Place
your gears, nuts, bolts and other found objects in a random pattern on your drawing.
Move the objects around until you find a pattern that you like. Remember that the top of
your bag will not be able to have flat objects on it because it is curved so make sure that
you leave that part without embellishments (See right picture below for reference)

steampunk-bag-ultimate-diy-guide-instructions-hand-bag-10 steampunk-bag-ultimate-diy-guide-instructions-hand-bag-11
Placing the embellishments before drawing will help you visualize a design that you
want for your bag. You can always change the placement of these embellishments as
your bag comes together.
Step 7: Sketching around embellishments (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ceMDKpn5g
from 2:08 to 2:28)

steampunk-bag-ultimate-diy-guide-instructions-hand-bag-12 steampunk-bag-ultimate-diy-guide-instructions-hand-bag-13

With the embellishments in place, start lightly sketching circular shapes that surround
them. Then, create “windows” from these circular shapes. These “windows” will be the
holes in your bag design. These holes will let you see the embellishments through them
so make sure that your windows resemble a mechanical clock pattern. Watch the “Part
1: Drawing Your Design” video to see how I lightly sketch the holes of the design.
Step 8: Finishing Final Sketch #1 (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ceMDKpn5g
from 2:29 to 4:58)
Now that you have a quick light sketch of the pattern you like around your
embellishments, you can remove all the embellishments from #1 and really start
drawing. Use the graphic ruled paper behind #1 to help you create evenly spaced
circular windows in the center of your drawing. The windows do not have to be the
same shape, they just have to be evenly spaced (See right picture below).

steampunk-bag-ultimate-diy-guide-instructions-hand-bag-14 steampunk-bag-ultimate-diy-guide-instructions-hand-bag-15
For the rest of the drawing, use the graphic ruled paper and bring back each
embellishment one by one to help you get an idea of what window you would like to
create for it (See left picture below). These windows surrounding the center of the
drawing should be more rectangular shaped.


To draw the windows for the top of the bag, you should place #1 on the bag again and
mark the center of the flat top with a dot (See right picture above). This will help you
draw the windows on the top according to the shape of your bag.

Continue to draw your mechanical clock shapes and follow along by watching me do all
of Step 8 on the “Part 1: Drawing Your Design” video.


The final sketch of #1 should look something like this:


Step 9: Drawing Final Sketch #2 (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ceMDKpn5g
from 4:59 to 6:58)
Now we are going to use Final Sketch #1 and the translucent paper #2 together to
create the different layers of the bag design. You need to tape #2 on top of #1 and be able to see drawing #1 through the translucent paper #2. We are only going to be
drawing on #2 for this step.


First, draw in the outline that you see of the flat top with a ruler. Then draw a design on
the bottom left corner that follows the curves and shapes of drawing #1 (See left picture
above). Do the same with the bottom right corner. These two shapes will be on a layer
underneath #1 in our final bag design. Then draw a design for the top of the bag that
follows the shapes you drew for #1, but also follow the curves of the actual bag (See
right picture above). This shape will be on the layer on top of #1 in our final bag design.
The final sketch of #2 should look something like this:

Step 10: Drawing Final Sketch #3 (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ceMDKpn5g
from 6:59 to 11:18)
Now it is time to work on the inside of the bag. Lift up the flat top of the bag and repeat
Step 3 through Step 8 by replacing “#1” with “#3” wherever you see it.


You do not need to repeat Step 9 because we are not making other layers for the inside
of the bag. The final sketch of #3 should look something like this:


You are done with Part 1!
You should now have Final Sketches #1, #2 and #3. Go on to Part 2 to
learn how to transfer your sketches onto the craft foam and faux leather.

Part 2: Design Transfer
For this part, you will need the Final Sketches #1, #2 and #3 you created in
Part 1. If you skipped Part 1 and decided to use the designs I provided, you
will need to print out the following 3 images. You can find these 3 images
named “Final Sketch #1”, “Final Sketch #2” and “Final Sketch #3″ if you download the PDF version of this guide FREE & instantly here:

http://coupleofstories.com/product/steampunk-bag-ultimate-diy-guide/


Step 11: Tracing the Final Sketches (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ModPBZ4X494&feature=youtu.be from 0:02 to 1:15)
For this step, you are going to need 3 new translucent papers. Take one of the
translucent papers and write “#1 CUT” on the top left corner of the page. Now take a
second translucent paper and write “#2 CUT” on the top left corner. Do the same with
the third translucent paper and write “#3 CUT” on it. (See left picture below)


With these translucent papers, you are going to create exact copies of all three Final
Sketches. To do this, tape “#1 CUT” on top of Final Sketch #1 and carefully trace the
entire drawing using a ruler where needed. Now tape “#2 CUT” on Final Sketch #2 and
carefully trace that drawing. Do the same with “#3 CUT” by using Final Sketch #3.

Make sure to watch the “Part 2: Design Transfer” video I have provided for you to see
how I trace all 3 Final Sketches onto the new translucent papers.


You should now have 3 Final Sketches and 3 “CUT” translucent papers. You can put
away all 3 Final Sketches for now because we will only be working with the “CUT”
translucent papers for the rest of Part 2.
Step 12: Making translucent paper silhouettes (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ModPBZ4X494&feature=youtu.be from 1:16 to 2:23)
Place your “CUT” translucent papers on any cutting surface and use your XActo
knife
to carefully cut out all the designs you drew on these “CUT” papers. To get the best
results on the final product, you must cut out each shape slowly and patiently.


Take your time during this step because you will be using these silhouettes for the rest
of Part 2. Keep in mind that the amount of work you put in now will directly reflect the

way your bag will look like at the end. After cutting out all your “CUT” translucent
papers, you should end up with silhouettes that look something like the ones on the
picture below:


Step 13: Making craft foam and faux leather silhouettes (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ModPBZ4X494&feature=youtu.be from 2:24 to 3:35)
Now that you have your translucent silhouettes, grab your black craft foam and faux
leather because it is finally time to transfer your designs onto them. To transfer your
designs onto the craft foam and faux leather, tape each one of your translucent
silhouettes down on the craft foam or faux leather and slowly cut out the shapes you
see with your XActo knife (See pictures below). The craft foam and faux leather are
soft but you might still need to use a bit of strength to cut through and get a nice straight
edge.You will need to continue this process until you have transferred all of your
translucent silhouettes onto the craft foam and the faux leather materials.

Follow along and watch me do all of Step 13 on the “Part 2: Design Transfer” video.


Your silhouettes on the craft foam and the faux leather should look something like the
silhouettes on the pictures below:


Step 14: Making leather pieces (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ModPBZ4X494&feature=youtu.be from 3:36 to 4:42)
Place the faux leather pieces on top of the corresponding craft foam pieces and make
sure that they align perfectly. Use your XActo
knife to cut off any imperfections on your
silhouettes if necessary. You should also place your silhouettes on your bag just to
check that your measurements are still correct. Once you have aligned your pieces
together and you have checked that the measurements are correct, use gorilla glue or
any super glue to carefully glue all of the corresponding pieces of craft foam and faux
leather together (See right picture below). Use only a small amount of glue and be
careful not to get it on your fingers. You may want to use gloves because these glues
can be a bit dangerous!

You should now have 5 pieces that look something like the ones in the picture below:


Your 5 pieces should have a nice “real leather” feel to them. I will refer to these pieces
as “the leather pieces” from now on. The craft foam give it the thickness of real leather
and the faux leather give it the nice texture. These two materials together are an
amazing combination that will help you create the many layers of your steampunk bag.
You are done with Part 2!
Go on to Part 3 to learn how to bring color into your steampunk bag.

Part 3: Staining
This part consists of the staining process for your bag, the leather pieces
you created in Step 14 and your embellishments. You will need the
following materials: your bag, all of your leather pieces, a small painting
brush, 3 colors of Rub n’ Buff Wax Metallic Finish and a selection of some
of your favorite embellishments.


Step 15: Staining the leather pieces (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpx6aewQN8&
feature=youtu.be from 0:02 to 0:55)
Squeeze out a small amount of “Spanish Copper” Rub ‘n Buff (See right picture above)
and use your small brush to paint all the edges of your leather pieces (See picture
below). The purpose of doing this is to cover up the black craft foam and any white
fabric that show on the edges of your leather pieces.

Try your best to not get Rub n’ Buff on any brown parts on the surface of your leather
pieces, but if you do, do not panic. You will be able to cover up any imperfections with
beautiful decorations later on in this guide. By carefully staining all edges of your pieces,
you should go from having edges that look something like this (See left picture below) to
having edges that look more like real leather (See right picture below).


Let your leather pieces dry for at least 10 minutes before touching them again.
Step 16: Staining the embellishments (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpx6aewQN8&
feature=youtu.be from 0:56 to 2:19)
For this step, we are going to need all 3 colors of Rub n’ Buff, your selected
embellishments and a lot of imagination. We are going to stain the embellishments and
turn them into old rusty metallic objects that you would find in a Steampunk machine.


First, pick up one of your found objects (ex. Metal fastener) and dab one finger in the
“Silver Leaf” Rub n’ Buff (See left picture above). Make sure that there is only a very thin
layer of wax on your finger and start rubbing the wax on your embellishment (See right
picture above). Let this piece dry for at least 10 minutes before touching it again.

Now dab your finger on the “Antique Gold” Rub n’ Buff and grab one of the “gears” (See
left picture above). Rub the wax only on the outer edges of the gear. Then, you can use
the “Spanish Copper” Rub n’ Buff to darken the inside of the gear. (See right picture
above). Let this piece dry and repeat this process on all your embellishments until you
get a beautiful selection of gold, copper and silver metallic parts for your steampunk
bag. You can get creative in the way you apply the different colors of Rub n’ Buff as you
get used to using the wax.
Watch the “Part 3: Staining” video to see how I stain the rest of my embellishments.
Also take a look at some of these pictures before and after the staining process:

Let all your pieces dry for at least 10 minutes before touching them again and go on to
the next step because it is finally time to stain your bag! Can you believe it?!
Step 17: Staining the bag (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpx6aewQN8&
feature=youtu.be from 2:20 to 4:29)
For this step, you are going to need your bag and the “Spanish Copper” Rub n’ Buff
Wax Metallic Finish (See left picture below). As excited as you might be to stain your
bag, I know this part can also be a bit intimidating. For this reason, we are going to start
staining the bag on easy parts so you can get used to using the wax on your bag.

Start by rubbing on a small amount of the “Spanish Copper” Rub n’ Buff with your finger
on the back of the bag (See right picture below). You should only focus on adding the
wax near the edges of the bag because this gives it a “worn” look. Then, move your
finger in a random circular pattern to spread the wax as far as it will go. You will need to
repeat this process, with a small amount of wax on your finger each time, until you get a
perfect “worn” look (See right picture below).

Now, you should do the same random circular patterns with your finger and the Rub n’
Buff on the bottom and the sides of your bag (See pictures below).

Now that you’ve had enough practice with the Rub n’ Buff on your bag, you can go
ahead and stain the front and inside of your bag (See pictures below).


The last thing to do is to stain your bag strap (See left picture below).


Let your bag dry for at least 10 minutes before touching it again.
Make sure to watch the “Part 3: Staining” video to see how easy it will be for you to use
my staining techniques and get the same results on your bag.
You are done with Part 3!
By now, you have worked very hard on preparing everything that is going to
be used on your bag. Pat yourself in the back and go on to Step 4 to learn
how to use everything you’ve created to finish your steampunk bag.

Part 4: Bring It All Together
In this part, we will be bringing your steampunk bag to life. You might be
surprised at how fast your bag will start coming together because you’ve
already done all the necessary prep work.
You will be joining everything together, decorating with embellishments and putting on important final
touches for the rest of this guide.


You will need the following materials: your bag, the original Final Sketches
#1, #2 and #3 you put away in Step 11, all of your leather pieces, your 3
colors of Rub n’ Buff Wax Metallic Finish, all your embellishments, faux
leather, black craft foam, one translucent paper, tape, a small painting
brush, Gorilla Glue, XActo
knife, 2 Part Epoxy, gloves and a pencil.
Make sure to watch the “Part 4: Bring It All Together” video to follow along and watch
me do all steps in Part 4.
Step 18: Attaching the first layer (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa7cJntkBgc&feature=youtu.be from 0:02 to 0:25)

The first thing you need to do is to attach the first layer of leather pieces to the flat top of
your bag. Take a look at Final Sketch #2 and figure out which way the two small leather
pieces at the bottom should be positioned (See left picture below). Take these two small
leather pieces and glue them onto the flat top on their corresponding places (See right
picture below). Do not attach any other leather pieces for now.


Step 19: Attaching the embellishments (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa7cJntkBgc&feature=youtu.be from 0:26 to 1:23)
Now you need to use Final Sketch #1 (See left picture below) to find the leather piece
with the matching design. Place the leather piece on top of your bag and on top of the
piece you glued down on step 18. You should not glue this part down on the bag yet.
Instead, use tape to position it in place (See right picture below).


Now it is time to place the embellishments on the flat top of your bag. Only use tape to
position the embellishments for now. Take a look at my original plan to help you choose
where to put your embellishments (See left picture below).

Make sure that you position the embellishments under the “windows” we created on the
design (See right picture above). Placing the gears halfway in the windows will make it
the bag look more mechanical. You can play around with the placement of the
embellishments until you’ve found the perfect place for each one. Your bag should look
something like the picture below:


Step 20: Gluing the embellishments (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa7cJntkBgc&feature=youtu.be from 1:24 to 2:22)
Now, remove the leather piece that you taped onto the bag and you should be left with
the taped embellishments (See left picture below). Make a small mark with a pencil next

to each embellishment to help you remember exactly where they go (See right picture
below). After you’ve done that, you can remove each embellishment, one by one, and
use Gorilla Glue to attach them to the bag.


Once you’re finished, your bag should look something like this:


Step 21: Gluing the leather piece (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa7cJntkBgc&feature=youtu.be from 2:23 to 3:15)
Once again, you have to tape down the leather piece that goes on the flat top (See left
picture below). We are only taping it down this time to keep the leather piece in place

while we glue it down. Now lift up each part of the leather piece and use Gorilla Glue to
carefully glue them down on the bag (See right picture below).


Once you have glued a part of the leather piece down, put slight pressure on it and hold
for at least 3 seconds. Make sure that you do not put too much glue on because it could
overflow. Also, make sure that you do not get the glue on your fingers. I recommend
using gloves in order to avoid getting stuck to your bag!
Once you have glued this entire leather piece, your bag should look something like this:


Step 22: Gluing the inside of the bag (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa7cJntkBgc&feature=youtu.be from 3:16 to 4:25)
In this step, you are going to be doing Step 19 through Step 21 but on the inside layer of
the bag. For this, you will need Final Sketch #3 (See left picture below) to find the
leather piece with the matching design. First, tape the leather piece and embellishments
where you want them to go (See right picture below).

Then, you need to remove the leather piece (See left picture below) and glue all the
embellishments with Gorilla Glue (See right picture below).


Now, you can bring back the leather piece and glue it on top of the embellishments.
The inside of your bag should look something like this:

Step 23: Gluing the last leather piece (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa7cJntkBgc&feature=youtu.be from 4:26 to 4:46)
This step is very simple. Take a look at Final Sketch #2 and figure out which way the
leather piece at the top should be positioned (See left picture below). Find the leather
piece and place it on the corresponding place (See right picture below).


Use tape to secure the piece in place and then carefully glue each part of the leather
piece with Gorilla Glue (See left picture below). At this point, you should start to see
how intricate your bag design really is because this is yet another layer of your
steampunk bag. Your bag should look something like this now (See right picture below).


Step 24: Making a set of straps (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa7cJntkBgc&feature=youtu.be from 4:47 to 5:47)
Now that we have attached everything together, it is time for more decorations! First, we
will be creating a set of straps for the top of the bag. You will need the faux leather, craft
foam, translucent paper, XActo
knife, Gorilla Glue, “Spanish Copper” Rub n’ Buff, small
brush and a pencil. You will create these straps the same way we created the leather
pieces in Part 1 through Part 3 (These will require much less work though).

First, place the translucent paper on your bag and draw where you would like to have
the straps (See left picture above). Next, draw and cut out the shape of your strap with
an XActo
knife. Use the translucent silhouette to make silhouettes on the craft foam
and the faux leather (See left picture below). Then, glue the corresponding pieces of
craft foam and leather together with Gorilla Glue (See right picture below).


Now, use your small painting brush with a small amount of “Spanish Copper” Rub n’
buff to cover all the edges of your straps (See left picture below). After letting your
pieces dry for at least 10 minutes, use Gorilla Glue to attach your straps. (See right
picture below).

Your bag should look something like this:


Step 25: Adding decorations (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa7cJntkBgc&feature=youtu.be from 5:48 to 7:13)
Now that the straps are on, you need to start adding even more decorations on the
surface of your steampunk bag. The purpose of the decorations is to make the bag look
more mechanical. For example, I used a metal spring (See left picture below) and a
“leather piece” to create a decoration. I glued the spring onto my bag and then created a
small rectangular leather piece following the same techniques used in Step 24 (See
right picture below).

I used Gorilla Glue to attach the rectangular leather piece around the top of the spring
(See left picture below). Then, I attached a small faux leather top to close the hole on
the top of the spring (See right picture below).


Decorations like this one will be what separate your bag from any other bags out there.
You can create many more beautiful mechanical decorations by using your found
objects, craft foam and faux leather.
Here are other great examples of mechanical decorations you can use:


I glued a long black screw that I stained with Rub n’ Buff onto the bag. Then, I attached
two long rectangular leather pieces on the ends of it (See pictures above).
Also, I used an old USB cord to create a circuit that connects a few embellishments
together. First, I taped the USB cord to figure out where I wanted it (See picture below).

Then, I removed it from the bag to stain it with “Spanish Copper” Rub n’ Buff. After that,
I used Gorilla glue to attach the cord to the purse (See picture below).


This technique should be used in multiple parts of your bag. Using an old USB is a great
way to connect and unify every element on your bag. Instead of looking at each
individual piece, you should be thinking of your embellishments as being part of a
circuit. This connection between elements will make your bag look more like a
mechanical bag.

I used this technique on the inside and on the back of the bag (See pictures below).


Then, I cut a small rectangular pieces of faux leather (See left picture below) and glued
them around each circuit as decorations (See right picture below).


As you can see, your bag is looking better and better after each decoration. You can
keep adding different mechanical decorations and embellishments until you have
something that you are completely in love with.

Your bag should look something like this after adding all of your mechanical
decorations:


Step 26: Adding rivets (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa7cJntkBgc&feature=youtu.be from 7:14 to 8:49)
Your bag is very close to being finished, but it will not be done without the perfect final
touch! You will need 2 Part Epoxy, 3 colors of Rub n’ Buff, gloves, a pencil, and
something with a small point (I used a match, which was one of my found objects).

You are going to be making different colored rivets for your bag. First, use a pencil to
make marks where you would like to put your rivets (See left picture below). Now, put
on your gloves and dispense out an even amount of 2 Part Epoxy (See right picture
below).


Mix the two parts thoroughly on a disposable surface and pick up a small amount of
Epoxy on the back of a pencil or match (See picture below). You should only dispense a
small amount of Epoxy each time because it will be easier to handle this way. Once the
Epoxy becomes harder to use, mix up another batch and continue making your rivets.


Use the Epoxy on the back of the pencil to make the larger rivets on your bag (See left
picture below) and use the match to make the small rivets (See right picture below). The

rivets should look like transparent bubbles for now. Add as many rivets as you would
like on the entire surface of your bag and let them dry for at least 30 minutes.


After letting them dry, use different colors of Rub n’ Buff to turn those transparent
bubbles into metallic rivets. You have to be very careful to not get the Rub n’ Buff wax
on anything else besides the rivets. Dab your finger on the “Antique Gold” Rub n’ Buff
and carefully apply it on the larger rivets (See picture below).


Then, use your fingers (or try using cotton swabs) to apply the Rub n’ Buff on the
smaller rivets with the “Spanish Copper” and “Silver Leaf” Rub n’ Buff. Let you bag dry
for at least 10 minutes and then…

…YOU WILL BE DONE WITH PART 4!
Step 27: Take pictures of your finished steampunk bag!

If you need some help or have feedback, feel free to post below! If you enjoyed this free guide, you can support us to keep making content for you by visiting our store here: http://coupleofstories.com/shop/

Comments

comments