Happy Friday guys!! Continuing on my many birthday projects, today I will show you the project I made for my best friend.
As many of you know, I am a bit of a geek.
What?! *gasp* you don’t say!
Well yes and being a geek, I also have my collection of geek friends to share my many dorky and nerdy obsessions.
One of these obsessions is Warehouse 13.
I LOVE this show!
Heather and I love this show so much, that we have decided we what to start our own Artifact collection agency.
So to do this, I thought is only appropriate to supply Heather with her supplies to take on the task of Warehouse agent
I pondered long and hard with how to approach this task and finally narrowed it down to a recruitment kit from Mrs. Frederic herself
I searched long and hard to see if anyone else had created a recruitment letter for said Warehouse, but alas, I found none.
So I looked at Sci-Fi related letters to get some inspiration and came up with this (feel free to use it,) letter (it had her last name on it though.)
Once the letter was complete and printed, I signed it in ink with Mrs. Frederic’s signature (don’t tell Mrs. Frederic) and enclosed it in a warehouse purple handmade envelope and created a faux wax seal out of polymer clay and used a wax seal stamp to give it the finishing touch.
Note: I was out of sealing wax or I would have done it the old fashion way
I also created a laminated badge for her to prove she was with the Warehouse (even though they always say they are secret service, hmmm…)
Ok, so I’ve got an idea and a letter with a badge, now what?!
I had to think, what all does a warehouse agent need? Well, my favorite agent is Claudia and she has some pretty cool toys, so I focused on that idea and came up with….
Yep, that is right, Goo.
I got some of the alien slime in purple from the Dollar Tree; it resembled the purple traditional neutralizer that all the warehouse agents lug around. Then, I created a fun label and viola, Warehouse issued Goo!
But, I decided to take it a step further, because I think Claudia has created some awesome toys and I also made the aerosol neutralizer (I used a can of purple silly string for this, which I also purchased at the Dollar Tree.)
So we have goo in two kinds but as you know goo is not used on its own, nope, we now need neutralizer bags and purple (have to be purple) rubber gloves (we assume they are imbued with the goo, hence the color) to handle these pesky artifacts.
These things, I went to eBay for, I bought some little static bags to resemble the metallic bags on the show and some purple household kitchen gloves since I could not find them anywhere in town. I know weird, huh? Among these items, I also purchased goggles rather than making them, thought that might be a bit hard, only glasses I’ve made a the red and blue paper 3d ones for the Doctor Who birthday and those were hard enough.
Now we have a recruitment letter and some items to neutralizer our dangerous antiques, next we need some more accessories and how about something to hold all of these great gifts.
I decided to get a paper mache briefcase from hobby lobby and sprayed it silver then lined the inside with foam, so it would resemble a gun case and stashed all the goodies in there. I also purchased some awesome stickers from red bubble to adorn the briefcase and then continued to fill the box with goodies.
Next on the list was a weapon, what kind of secret agent doesn’t have a weapon, right?
And since this is Warehouse 13, they use Tesla guns, which are fun and steam punk and resemble Marvin the Martian’s ray gun. I again went to my go to, the Dollar Tree, and found a neat looking blue water gun to make into my steam punk tesla gun. I used model paint and painted parts, black, silver and bronze; wrapped wire around the nozzle of the gun, and then I adhered some gears to give it more flair.
Hmmm, lets see, what else does the box need?
An artifact and the most important accessory for any Warehouse agent…
Heather loves elephants and the show just so happened to have an artifact which is a jade elephant that trumpets and shoots electricity, so I scoured the internet to find a jade elephant. No luck. Then I was going to make one of out clay and I stumbled upon the perfect elephant, a keychain on neatoshop.com, in which he trumpeted and his eyes lit up blue (perfect for lightning.) All he needed was paint, no biggie, I painted him and he was great! I made him a paper craft crate (found on deviantart.com). I also made a description card for the artifact.
I really think he looks just like the one from the show only much smaller!
Now onto the big project, the Farnsworth, the Warehouse’s version of video chat
For the inside, I started with my cricut and that gold scrapbook paper I used on the Winnie the pooh bookmark and I used the same “etching” technique by flipping the blade upside down and engraving the shapes onto the paper, then cutting out the rounded rectangular shape of the Farnsworth.
This is the template I created in cricut to do the etching and cutting.
Once the shape was cut out, I distressed it with a little brown paint and embellished it with dials (also bought at Hobby lobby,) knobs (one made of clay and one an old paint tube top,) and round stickers to replicate the look. The final piece was the lens, which I purchased on eBay and a round mirror inside the lens to give the video look (I also added a little brown painted to give it the same grungy look the rest of the piece has.)
For the outside of the Farnsworth, I bought a paper mache book at Hobby Lobby for the case. I then painted it with black, brown and a bit of bronze to give it that old oxidized look.
Once dry, I added a Styrofoam block to the inside and glued the inner panel piece into the book, then secured it with straight pins to finish it.
Tada! Farnsworth with moving dials!
I also made one more small thing, just a fun piece of steam punk jewelry to give my new recruit for her birthday.
Now our box is complete.
We have a recruitment letter, badge, bags and gloves, goo and aerosol goo, goggles (safety first), a tesla gun, a dangerous artifact to practice our snagging and bagging, some awesome jewelry and a Farnsworth.
I put it all in the box and it was ready to meet our new agent on her birthday
That is all for this project, I know it was a lot for one blog, but I would love to know what you think.
Also feel free to use any of the labels or the letter; just give me credit if you are reblogging.
If you have any questions or comments. I would love to see them
Have a happy weekend