(Air) Ship Happens

We’ve been making steampunk airships incased in snow sparkle globes for quite a few years, and like to think we’ve gotten better over time. Experience is an excellent teacher, although the tuition can be high.

Early airships …

More recent airships …

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One question we get asked at shows is: can you make a smaller blimp? The large airships are usually in a glass globe with a diameter of about five inches. But we also have our tiny globes that measure just over two inches across. There was NO way to get an airship into a globe with an opening that small.

Until we happened upon a vintage necklace at a thrift shop and thought: those beads sure look like a zeppelin.  Did it take way too long to make this tiny ship with its tiny rigging of single golden threads? Of course it does, but you know, ship happens.

And we think it’s just as cute as its big sister ships.

tiny airship

All photos and designs are copyright (c) 2017 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

Grand Adventure balloon

Ever feel like it’s time for a Grand Adventure, but you don’t know exactly where you want to go? Remember the wise words of Lewis Carroll: If you don’t know where you are going you are sure to get there.
The urge to be somewhere else, but nowhere specific, is the perfect occasion for a journey by balloon. Pack a picnic basket and your favorite fellow traveler and let the wind take you.

 

 

 

One of a kind snow globe/sparkle globe with miniature mixed media hot air balloon and figures inside a pristine glass globe filled with liquid and shimmering sparkles of the fog at dawn. All images and designs are copyright 2015 and 2016 (c) Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

Airships, Dirigibles and Zeppelins, oh my!

What is it about airships, you ask? I have no easy answer. I like the way they look, the adventures they imply, the endless possibilities. And they seem somehow, green, you know? They just putter along with mostly windpower (that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.)

TotusMel was kind enough to feature one of my floating snow globes on her recent blog showing a collection of airships. (Never say “blimp,” it hurts their feelings.http://totusmelswunderkammer.blogspot.com/2013/05/dirigible.html

It got me thinking: just how many airship/dirigible/zeppelin snow globes HAVE I made? I did a quick inventory from the past few months and it appears if you include hot air balloons, flying saucers, rockets and dirigible as “airships” … well, I’ve done quite a few.

Let’s see …

Airship Voyager snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Dances with Clouds snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Flying Saucer snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Rough Sailing snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Uncharted Skies snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Launch Party Rocket snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Scavenger Junk Airship snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Airship over Rooftops snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

And then there’s this one, nearly finished.

I call it “Flight of the Warrior Rhino.”  Coming soon to a fantasy near you.

Don’t ask. Sometimes these sculptures have a mind of their own.

 "Flight of the Warrior Rhino" snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs

Dances with Clouds – Balloonship snow globe

Where would you go, and how would you travel?

Dances With Clouds snow globe

Dances with Clouds … a battered airship carried by a hot air balloon, drifting high among the tatters and wisps of clouds. Sometimes you write a story and create artwork which illustrates the tale, enhancing the details.

And sometimes, as with “Dances with Clouds,” the artwork writes its own story without a word needed.

Sailing from one adventure and toward another, what story does it tell you?

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Scavenger Hunt Airship – the dark “Snow” Globe

ImaginScavenger Hunt snow globeing details in a past that never was, great airships travel the skies, seeking adventure and fortune. But what do they leave in their wake?

As the moon will attest, explorers may leave a few items behind, the flotsam and jetsam, the tossed cargo, the unnecessary items shed in the rush to embark. This waterball (snow globe) is a snapshot of a mysterious scavenger airship carrying cargo wrapped tightly with chains. Recycle, re-purpose, re-use the refuse.

The patched and battered zeppelin floats slowly, thoughtfully, perhaps hovering while deciding whether to scavenge lost parts and useable items from the surface below. When the glass globe is shaken, the liquid is filled with a cloud of dark, smoky gray metallic powder, reminiscent of the heavy air in an industrial city. It’s hardly fair to call it a snow globe, when the world is full of sparkling mystery and dark opportunity.

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The waterball base is wrapped in space junk: gears and parts of machines, wheels and chains. Hand-engraved plate reads “Scavenger Hunt.”

Airship Voyager Water Globe

Voyager Airship Snow Globe

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The funny thing about this snow globe is … I was trying to remake a particular favorite globe. It didn’t seem like such a big request, after all, I’d done it once before.

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So here is the globe I MEANT to re-make:

Airship Snow Globe

… and here is the globe I made instead. (I admit it: Not even close.)

On the other hand, sometimes the sequel IS better than the original. The biggest and most interesting difference (to me) is the attempt to weather the ship to show it had been places, seen things, survived adventures and come home to tell the tale. Paint and stain was used to indicate wear and tear, repairs and how the elements might affect an old airship through the years.

The original sculpture is tiny, as evidenced here before it was inserted into the glass globe and liquid. Yes, just over 2 inches.

Voyager Airship insert sculpture

When shaken, the snowglobe fills with glittering swirls of metallic (mainly gold) dust, which shimmers and floats very slowly to the base, creating an illusion of perhaps sailing in the clouds near sunset, or a world with industrial smoke and residue.

Detail of the waterglobe (snowglobe), showing the propellers on the nose of ship, followed by the tail view, as the ship sails off to a new adventure.