The call for props came in on a Friday afternoon.
Friday evening, I was designing and creating guns.
The following Tuesday…there were three.
Just to explain something first, I am a responsible gun owner, but I don’t talk about guns all the time, I don’t purchase magazines, look at gun websites or belong to the NRA.
It is what it is.
So the thought of creating guns in the context of steampunk/Foundpunk was something new and kinda exciting. It was an opportunity to do more in the form of costuming and photography props that didn’t require a functionality outside of being props.
I know, with the ongoing debate about gun violence and gun ownership, I have to admit, I feel slightly conflicted about creating these “prop” guns (especially, the “EM ‘Elijah McCoy’ INVENTOR” machine gun, because of the close likeness to a real weapon) but, I have to keep in mind, these are non-functional…therefore an artistic representation of guns for the purpose of design and imagery.
Hopefully, that will translate to the viewer of the FOUNDPUNK “Prop” Guns.
Because, if you look closely, they are cool pieces of design and creation from found objects, and a 3-dimensional illustration of how my creative mind works when applied to something when given an ideal and an opportunity.
#1. The “GWC ‘George Washington Carver’ INVENTOR”
The layout typically begins with finding the basic parts .
Design came from an actual antique, double-barrel shotgun I had in my stack of metal. The butt is from an antique office chair.
the patina is fantastic on this old gun!
to make visual sense, this part is used to imitate where the rounds of ammo would go.
Made it in two parts to get everything aligned correctly before final assembly.
a few more changes, then it’s ready for Paint, stain and finishing.
Lots of antique parts…the FOUNDPUNK way!
The GWC INVENTOR completed.
#2. The “FOUNDPUNK WASP”
It started here, with two pieces of scrap EMT welded together for another project.
Mapping out the design.
Getting closer to final clean-up, paint and stain.
The handle with it’s leather and copper applied.
The FOUNDPUNK WASP completed.
#3. The “EM ‘ELIJAH McCOY’ INVENTOR”
This is where the design starts…gears I’ve had for a long time, but doing nothing.
sketching out the idea.
a mixture of antique, old and new to make the piece interesting.
A few spot welds to get the shape together.
More antique wood from desk chairs have the perfect texture for this work.
Copper is used in steampunk because of it’s use in transferring steam and water through plumbing.
Plus, it has a great natural color.
The three cut-through holes on the butt was an interesting element added at the last minute. There holes also signify this is the third of three FOUNDPUNK “prop” guns.
The EM INVENTOR completed
Thanx for viewing.