DIY Steampunk Doll Jetpack Part 3A
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DIY Steampunk Doll Jetpack Part 3A

August 12, 2019


Hi, I’m Traci Akierman, the designer and
creator behind KeLibu. I make patterns, costumes, and accessories for 14
to 20 inch dolls. If you’re new here, consider subscribing and hitting the
notification bell so you’ll always know when I post new content. Today we’re
going to be assembling and finishing our steampunk jetpacks. So let’s get creating! We’re on the final leg of the jetpack
assembly. So first thing I want to do is get these inner pieces connected and to
do that I’m going to be using some heavy-duty contact cement.
I like these tubes because they don’t dry out. I’ve had the tins with the
brushes before and I find I don’t use it often enough that it doesn’t dry out
and all stick together before I get a chance to use it. So with the contact
cement, you’re going to want to put it on both of the pieces that you are sticking
together. Now this is my back piece and I’m just using an old gift card to
spread this contact cement around. And then I want to make sure that I’m
putting my middle piece next, which I want to have this this little bit on the
left side, so I know I want it to sit on the back like that. So I’m going to apply
the contact cement to this piece as well. And what you need to do with the contact
cement is actually let it dry… for lack of a better term… When it’s still wet
it’s gonna be all shiny like it is right now, but as it starts to set you can see
it’s gone kind of this matte tacky look. It’s got this matte tacky look over here
and that’s what we want the whole thing to look like before we attempt to stick
those two pieces together. So while those are setting up, I’m just going to set
them to the side. I’m going to apply some to the back of my front piece as well. So
this is how it’s going to be sitting when I’m looking at the front of the jet
pack… and I can tell because the edges are beveled in and this hole is on the
left side, which is where I want it to be. I’m going to apply some contact cement to
the back of this to set up well the other pieces are setting
up. And then after I stick those together, I will put some contact cement on the
other side of the middle piece so I can stick it to this front piece. These are
pretty tacky now so I’m going to stick them together. Again because these are on
the inside, it’s not critical that they get lined up exactly but you should try
and do your best to keep the top and bottom edges pretty flush because it
otherwise it might form some weird ridges when you wrap the outer piece
around. So as you can see, once you’ve stuck these pieces of foam together with
contact cement they are good and stuck. They are not coming apart. So I’m just
going to apply some to the top of this middle piece now so that when it’s all
set up, I can put the top piece of this inner form on. This contact cement has
set up so I am going to put these pieces together. Now the most important thing I
want to do is make sure I line up this hole as well as the tops and the bottoms. And it went together pretty well. Remember we have these concave sides that our tubes are going to sit in. So I’m going to put this aside for a minute and we’re
going to start putting Rub N Buff on things. I’m going to start with the
pieces that I’m going to make Pewter colored. And remember to give your tubes
a good squeeze just to incorporate the oil back into the wax paste before you
use them. Because these pieces are pretty small, I’m going to be using a q-tip to
do the application and that’ll help me also get into the little nooks crannies of these bottom pieces that I’m going to be using. For this guy, because
we’re really only going to be seeing the front and a bit of the side, I’m not
going to bother painting or Rub N Buffing the entire piece… Just this… the
sides of the top and the top of this. As you can see, the pewter comes out as a
nice antique looking silver. It’s not super bright. And one thing I found with
putting the Rub N Buff onto the painted plastic, is if you try and do the
buff part immediately after putting it on, it will sometimes pull off. So I
actually put them to the side for about 10-15 minutes to just let the Rub N
Buff set before I do the buffing portion. So go ahead and do that. So I’m just
going to show you what other pieces I have and then I’m going to do this off
camera so you’re not sitting and watching me rubbing things forever. We’ve
got the little top and bottom pieces that are going to go around our goo
canister. We’ve got the top piece for the goo canister that the rivet and the hose
is going to be coming out of and we’ve got the two knobs that are going on the
front of the jet pack. If you want to do a different color scheme than me, that’s
fine. I’m just letting you know what I’m doing on mine. So I’ve got these all done, including the insides of my little jet bottoms here, and I’m going to set these
aside to just set up for about 10-15 minutes before I buff them. The next
thing that I’m going to do is apply my Spanish Coffee to the main part of these
tubes. I’m going to do the bottom part in Antique Gold. But I’m gonna do this top
part in Spanish Coffee. And because it’s such a large area, it’s going to be hard
to do with a q-tip, so I’m actually going to be using a glove. Just remember squeeze your tube before you use it to incorporate all the oil
back into the wax paste. You could do this with just your finger but it gets
pretty messy and it is a bit hard to get off of your skin, so I’m just gonna go
ahead and use this glove. Go ahead and apply the Spanish Coffee, or whatever
colour you’re using, to the tops of your tubes. Now that I have these covered in
Spanish Coffee and I let them sit for a bit and buffed them, I’m gonna be using my
Antique Gold to cover the main piece of the jetpack, as well as the little
bottoms of the tube. I’m going to use my glove to cover this piece because it is
larger, but I am gonna use a q-tip to cover this piece because it will give me
a little bit more precision than the tip of my finger. Alright just to show you
I’ve got my main piece done in the Antique Gold and these ends of the jet
tubes. I’m going to set these aside to set up for a bit and then I will buff
them. And next we’re going to do what uh… the Autumn Gold which is actually a copper. So I’ve got the two… the jetpack bands… the two small ones and the long one. I’ve
got my compass ring. I’ve got the frame for the goo canister, and I’ve got my
grill for the top of the jetpack. so I’m going to go ahead and use a q-tip and
color all of these with my Autumn Gold. I finished up with the Autumn Gold and I
just wanted to show you with the compass ring, I’ve just gone a little ways onto
the back. You don’t have to do the entire back because it’s going to be sitting
flush against the jetpack body. And I’ve just done the inner ring here. For the foam pieces, in addition to putting the Autumn Gold on
the top, I’ve also covered the sides. You don’t
have to do the short ends, but just do these long edges. And for the goo
canister, I’ve gone and done every edge. As well as the grill we’ve done every
edge. Before I glue these nozzle ends onto the jet tubes, I’m just going to
insert an eyelet into this space here so that I can later attach my “tube”, which is
the weed whacker line. I have run out of Loctite glue so I’m actually using
gorilla super glue today. Because Loctite is not easy to find in my city for some
reason, and I have to order some. So I’m just using a set of tweezers to hold my
little eyelet. I’m going to apply some glue around the edge and I want to stick
it into that little space. Alright I’ve got both my little eyelets installed and I’ve started my glue gun heating up because I’m going to be using it shortly.
Now if you don’t have a convenient little place to put these eyelets in, the
other thing that you could do is measure a length of a foam strip around here. Cut
a little strip that will fit around the perimeter and install the eyelet into
that and glue it in place. What we’re going to be doing now is putting glue
around the top of this and attaching it to our jet tube. So I’m going to do that.
What you want to do is apply it all along this top ridge and then you want to let it set up for a bit so it can get tacky.
So don’t try and do it right away. Just set it off to the side and let it set. Once your glue is set up a bit you’re just going to want to try and center the little nozzle on the bottom of your jet tube. Hold it in place to give it time to
grab on and then once it’s stuck on there, I would just set it upright so
that the tube is resting onto the the jet nozzle and just leave it alone
while we complete a few other steps to the project so it can form a nice, good
seal. Alright I’ve got the pieces of my compass ring here. I know that this little bit is going to sit into the jetpack like that and you can kind of see
on the back here where the ring portion is. So I know that I want to get my gauge
in so it’s going to be sitting upright when we install the compass ring.
Now my preference is to glue this little dial down so it doesn’t flop around on
the inside, but you can do you can glue it or not as you prefer. I’m just going
to put a tiny drop of glue into the hole on the spinner and just set it somewhere
arbitrary. And then before you put your plastic piece back in, just make sure you
give it a good clean on the inside, because it’s going to be a little bit
tough to get it out again once you’ve installed it. Push it into place. It should fit back in snugly. And there we go. I’m going to set this aside now until
we’re ready to install it on the front of our jetpack. Next thing we’re going
to do is mark our rivet placement on these jet pack bands. I’m going to use my
dark ink pen to do that just so I can make sure that I can see my marks. Okay and once you’ve got those marked, you need to mark the small
ones as well, you’re going to use an awl to poke through the foam at the rivet
points. And take your mini brads and push them through. Now because this
first one is very close to the edge, rather than opening it up behind, I’m actually just gonna push both prongs over to one side like so. But for
the rest of them, I will be opening them up flat on the back. If you are using
those little nail heads… iron-on nail heads… instead of brads, then obviously
don’t poke the holes. You can just glue those in place at the marks that you’ve
made. So go ahead prep all of your bands. Make
sure that your prongs are lying within the foam piece… not sticking out to the
sides otherwise you’ll see them. And go ahead and apply them to the long band, as
well as the short bands. I’ve got the brads installed on all my bands so I’m going to set those to the side. The other thing that we need to put brads
into are these little knobs. So you can either put the brands in through the hole and extend the prongs and just trim them down as needed
with a set of wire cutters, or you can do what I’m going to do, which is to apply a
little glue on the top of the the bead, stick the brad through, and leave the
prongs straight so that when we glue these to the front of the jetpack the
brads will actually pierce into the front of the jetpack as well. So
whichever way you want to do it, go ahead. I’m going to apply these now and then
we’ll move on to the next step. We are ready to start on our final assembly. So I’m just gonna be using my glue gun to hold the front piece of our craft foam on
here and I’m going to just secure the front first so that I can make sure I’m lining up my holes. Alright as we wrap this around to the back, we’re going to stretch it slightly. Just apply a little bit of hot glue here This way we’re gonna make sure we get a
nice tight fit. And if there is a tiny bit of a gap. it’s not a big deal because we are gonna be covering that join with one of our bands that we put rivets into. Then just hold that in place. There we go. Now we’re ready to add a couple of our bits on the front here. So I’m going to
be installing the compass ring into this hole. It’s gonna be… there’ll be a bit of
a friction fit that’ll keep it in place but I’m just going to add some hot glue
to make sure that it stays good and secure. Next we’re gonna put our little
nozzle piece in and same sort of thing. I’m just gonna put a little bit of glue
around the edge here to help hold this in place. Pop it in. Give it a little bit
of pressure. Now we need to figure out where we want our goo canister. So I’m thinking I’m gonna put it right about there. I’m just gonna slip the canister
into the frame. The reason I’m doing it this way is I just want to make sure I
get the canister in the correct…or the frame in the correct spot so that it
doesn’t warp when I put it down and the canister will still fit inside. So just place that carefully because you won’t have much of a chance to shift it
around. Once that’s done I’m going to apply the top to my little goo
canister here, and then we’re going to apply our little strips along the top
and the bottom just to make it look a little bit nicer. So I think I’m going to apply these with hot glue, just because my Gorilla Glue is pretty liquidy right now and I don’t want it
all over my fingers again. And then go back and clean up all the glue strings. So I’m going to put my bottom piece on the same way and then we’re going to put
our knobs on. Next I want to place my little knobs that I’ve made so I’m just
gonna kind of eyeball it and then because I left the brad tails long, I’m
gonna poke that in there. For this one I think I am going to use my Gorilla Glue
just to make sure that piece stays good and secure. And stick it in place. I always hold it for a couple seconds to let that glue set. And then I’m going to
do the exact same thing with the other one. I’m just going to place it off to
the side of that one.

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