Sometimes it takes me a while to think of how I'm going to tackle a blog challenge, but once the idea dawns the project goes quickly. Other times I have an idea but it takes a while to come together. When I saw that this month's theme at Sandee and amelie's Steampunk Challenge Blog was " Dolls & Robots", I knew immediately what I wanted to do.
So here is Ro-box, big brother of last month's Matchbot. He's based on two papier-mache boxes with half a polystyrene sphere stuck onto the lid of the top one. I remembered some sheets of craft metal in copper and brass languishing at the bottom of the drawer and hauled it out, and embossed with Tim Holtz embossing folders - Diamond Plate and Riveted Metal (They come in the same set).
I stuck the base of the upper box to the lid of the lower one and covered them both with embossed metal. I stuck wooden wheels onto bits of dowel, painted them black, wrapped Kraft card around the axles and stuck the card onto the base of the box, making sure that the axles could still turn. I stuck bead caps on as hubcaps.
The robot's arms are based on wide-diameter drinking straws (the bendy kind) with sections ofgave him an old pencil and covered with the same metal. I poked holes in the side of the upper box and pushed a little blob of milliput through to hold them in place. The hands are moulded,rather inexpertly, from more milliput.
Once Ro-box was all put together I gave him a few coats of black acrylic paint wash and a few dabs of Patina Gilder's paste, die cut some dials and plates, stuck a few dewdrops (coloured with alcohol inks) onto paper fasteners for lights and went for a lie down.