|This is one of the nicer eBay Steampunk Nerf guns that|
is currently available. Many of them still have the word
"Nerf" clearly visible and do not have any gauges added.
Lately I've been paying particular attention to what price items are selling for, looking for a possible opportunity to turn my crafting skills into cash, and I think I've found something. Steampunk Nerf guns. To be fair, it was my husband who pointed out the price difference on eBay between regular Nerf guns and those that had been repainted and decorated in Steampunk style; some of these babies were selling for upwards of $50. Basically, the artisans who convert the Nerf guns repaint them so they have a metallic look, distress them, and add gears and gauges for a more steam-powered look. (Nerf guns are air powered, so it's practically the same thing, anyway.)
Eli and I decided we'd do something similar with his water guns today. We've only completed step 1, repainting for a metallic look, but that was simple as pie. We suspended his gun from a piece of thread and used a can of metallic spray paint to give it an overall coat. I figure we can use black acrylic paint to add contrast and age the look of the metal. The only thing I haven't figured out yet is what kind of glue we should use to glue gears and such to plastic. Hot glue is out, it doesn't adhere well to plastic. Perhaps some kind of clear drying epoxy? Not sure. This may take some experimentation. (Any suggestions you have are welcome.)
Regardless of whether I ever sell a Steampunk Nerf gun on eBay, I know I will never buy one because it is something I can fashion myself. If you're like me, you hate to buy something that you know you could make for less.
|These are squirt guns, and all we've done is paint them, but they|
definitely have Steampunk potential.
Interested in making your own Steampunk gear? Here are some great ideas from All Things Crafty. Notice the Nerf gun she incorporated into her arm band.