When we attended the Powertex Tutor retreat at Tex Towers in July, we were each asked to bring an item which could be upcycled with Powertex products to be repurposed into a new item.  I donated a high heeled shoe, thinking I might finally get a change to upcycle another one.  But to our surprise, each item donated was given a raffle ticket number.  The range of donated items was vast, from old dolls, boxes, drawers, vases and weird and wonderful shaped ornaments.  During the event  we were asked to draw a raffle ticket and we were allocated the item with the corresponding number. I got this!

tube challenge base

Three cardboard tubes from the inside of tin foil rolls.  Was I inspired to upcycle and create something – Heck No!  I did wonder who had ever thought this was a good item to donate for upcycling, but then I noticed mutual expressions of disappointment from others with their uninspiring products. Creativity was going to have a hell of a time to  get inspiration to the group.  Then being challenged to have the item upcycled by the end of August just added to the challenge pressure.

I must admit, I though of a few things I could just do to use up the tubes to get the challenge over with, including a triangle shaped dream catcher or turn it into a hat.  But these bloody tubes just sat there staring at me.

At the weekend of 8th and 9th September 2018, I have a stall in the first Hartlepool Steampunk fair at the Borough Hall.  It looks like it will be a fabulous turn out at a great historic venue on the coast.


So I was doing a bit of research on Steampunk, well just googling images to be exact!  when I realised a  lot of Steampunk participants not only dressed in costume but they have fantasy accessories as well.  INSPIRATION HIT ME!

Well it was more like a small slap then a punch, but I now had an idea in my head of how I could upcycle those dratted three tubes.  I gathered up my staple tinfoil and masking tape, along with a spray bottle.  After a bit of remodelling and covering with Powertex products using lace and fabric with added embellishments, I came up with this….

A fantasy Steampunk weapon, complete with working trigger action.  to create this is used the following products.

  • Three cardboard and a half cardboard tubes
  • a spray bottle trigger action
  • Tin foil
  • masking tape
  • cotton jersey fabric
  • Cotton Lace
  • Powertex Fabric Hardener in Bronze
  • Copper pigment paint
  • Powertex Easy Varnish
  • metal cogs
  • Hand made embellishments of Crown and wings
  • Powerwax mixed with silver pigment

BOOM – Drop – Challenge Delivered!

Time for Gin…. Cheers Kim x