|The (almost) finished product - steampunk revolver by DreamSteam|
For those who are still reading, here we go!
It all began with a set of two toy cap guns from the store. Cost: $10. (Not shown: The set came with a flimsy vinyl gun belt/holsters, which will most likely be disposed of, since no child would want holsters without guns in them!)
|Very raw materials|
The base toy cap guns were not much to look at, but I saw potential in them. I also knew I needed to make something to go in my holsters, and fast! Before going toy shopping, I had already gone through my collection of bits and doodads, so A Plan had already begun to form in my devious mind....
|The Plan - Fitting the parts|
Said doodads in action! Heating the metal bits with a torch and then pressing them into the gun enabled me to melt the plastic, creating divots which would both mark where the parts would go and also ensured a secure final fit for the add-ons. I removed the removable parts, taped over the brass that I did not want to receive paint and proceeded to make a grand mess with a can of copper spray paint made for plastics (no primer needed... hmmm, we shall see about that). Copper paint: $8.
|Base painting and low-lights done.|
|Before gold highlights|
But what little parts did I use? The small parts list (total from both guns): 12 rusty rifle cartridge casings and four tiny shogun shell casings (picked up off the ground at the outdoor gun range), two coils of copper wire, one brass clock gear, two brass bullet casings, 12 amber glass beads (located in the tips of the rusty casings on the sides of the chambers, in case they were too hard to see), two clock parts, two brass pendant bases, two misc silver watch parts (for the rear sights). I had all of these parts "in stock", so they were essentially free.
So far, the total cost to me for both guns is $19, including a small tube of the glue that I bought for $1, as the larger tubes that I had had dried out.
I rather think that this was a good effort for my first pair of steampunk-inspired wild west weapons. I may continue to work on these and try some of my unrealized ideas for them, and if I do, I shall at the very least add another photo here. I shall not make promises, but I fancy trying to make a steampunk gun from scratch. Already have some of the materials....
I hope that you have enjoyed reading about how I made my steampunk revolvers, and may it inspire you to give it a try!