It’s like a little taste of serendipity, when someone you love introduces you to something that captures you too.

I generally have no inclination toward weaponry of any kind, and certainly would never look twice at a Nerf gun if left to my own devices. Yet I am frequently shown the workings and features of the resident cache. I find stray bullets under cushions, in corners, in my shoes. I say, more often than I ever dreamed I would, “Put that gun down!”

And then there’s steampunk. As yet I haven’t taken too much time to explore my inner steampunkiness, but it intrigues me: the gold and black, the cogs and wheels, the Victorian and the futuristic.

Who would think of combining the two? Obviously, people have. One day, the Nerf gun wielder in this house watched this lovely little video, and shared it with me. I too was mesmerised.

And so we began our own Nerf steampunk journey.

Child holding green plastic gun.

The Nerf Jolt, in its near-original state.

Green Nerf gun partially spray painted silver.

First, several light coats of spray paint: a lesson in patience for the two of us. And an exercise for me in not stepping in because I just want to do it too. He’s using Ghiant Hobby Acryl in Pearl Silver.

Fully spray painted Nerf gun.

Although in this photo it looks gold, the base coat really is silver; however, Small Person (as he wants to be known, rather than my choice, ‘Steampunk Kid’) said if doing it over, he would have gone with a gold base.

Child's hands painting Nerf gun with gold paint.

Adding some touches of gold. We used Polyvine Acrylic Enamel paints in metallic gold and black. If we could have got blue, we would have as well. The gold has a bit of a glittery effect and the paints were easy to work with, and even easier to clean, requiring just water.  A foam Nerf bullet, in the background, got the steampunk effect too.

Nerf gun painted silver and gold.

Small Person followed with touches of black, some of which he partially wiped away.

Copper pipe painted gold; blue bowl with paintbrush.

To further steampunk the gun, he added a copper pipe as a scope, first painting it gold, then giving it a coat of black, which was partially removed with a paper towel, leaving a mottled antique effect.

Nerf gun, painted silver, black and gold, with copper pipe scope.

We attached the pipe with Bostick All Purpose clear glue. And so this steampunk journey is over.

Now we dream of the next one. A whole cache awaits.

Small Person’s advice for any would-be Nerf embellishers: “I would say be patient with it and plan what colour the base will be, and the other parts.” And the best thing about the steampunked gun? The new scope.


3 thoughts on “Steampunking

  1. Streampunk is an interesting phenomenon, I think if it had come about when I was younger I would definitely have got heavily into it. Good job on the nerf gun BTW. Interested to know about you daily photo challenge and what’s driving it… I will read more of your blog and find out.


    1. Yes, Silverfox, I understand what you mean: me too! Thanks for the compliment on the nerf gun – it was a fun project (and maybe I’m the one more interested in doing another one!).
      Still figuring out my blog myself 🙂 Rather than focus on one topic (like parenting, or crocheting) my main agenda is to be writing. I’m thinking it’s a bit of a mishmash at this point, but it is getting me writing, so that’s definitely a plus. Perhaps over time it will become something slightly more cohesive; we’ll see!
      Thanks for visiting it. I’m looking forward to reading yours.

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