Friday, May 16, 2014

Steampunk Santos Cage Doll

Two of my favorite things combined into a great project!
You know I love Steampunk, and the Santos are so perfect from
Whenever you photograph metal, it's always difficult to get a good shot without a lot of glare.
So I tried a white background and a black one.
I'm not sure which one I like better, so I shared both!

 The legs of the Santos are covered with strips of Metal foil that's been embossed with the Gears embossing folder and then colored with Alcohol Inks.

The bodice is the same, but I also added some Fresco Paints. The base and gears are painted and stamped. I also added some Treasure Gold to the edges.

This shows the base with a Clock Key and the Large Brass Key with Wings Charm hanging from the center of the top base with jump rings.

In checking out the Steampunk sites for ideas, I saw a bracelet with this exact Octopus on it, so I added it to the base.
The vintage Typewriter keys are used in the base, and the small brass keys are placed around the outside edge for some contrast.

The Lady is from Graphic 45's Steampunk Spells-Vintage Voyage 12x12 sheet. I added lots of little watch gears to the hat and a couple to her cheeks.
I LOVE how the Wings turned out with the Gold, Platinum, Bronze and Black Ultra Thick Embossing Powders on them.

Her arms are supposed to be Fish Net gloves....probably should have used a smaller stamp, but this works.
The Heart is a flea market find with some gold Sharpie added to change the color from silver to gold.
This shot shows how cool the Octopus really is.
These Santos Dolls are extremely fun to make, so click on the links to see the other sizes and make one for yourself! Almost all the products can be found at
Retro Cafe Art Gallery!
Products Used from Retro Cafe Art:
Other Products Used:
Texture Fade - Blueprint and Gears
Paper Artsy Fresco Paints
Vagabond Machine


Retro Cafe' Art Gallery said...

Linda, she is beyond fabulous! I love the way you combined the different colors of UTEE on the wings. They look amazing. The octopod is placed perfectly too. The whole thing is awesome!!! xo

Jackie PN said...

Linda- You are Rocking the Steampunk!! She is by far my favorite Santos to date!!! I love everything about her! And you picked the perfect face!! Love!!

Seth said...

Spectacular. Such a unique and cool creation!

Kathi said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!

This is absolutely, totally spectacular.

I love all the wonderful details your added with watchparts, gears, keys, stamping, paint, and embossing.

Pinning it!

Vic said...


Sandy said...

A very proper British Lady - one I would dearly love to take tea with.
Absolutely wonderful Linda -- This should be on display somewhere - like my living room!!!!!
Sandy xx

Maura said...

She is amazing! I love your creation!!

Lori said...

I love the octopus...what a great addition! This is a FABULOUS piece, I love your attention to always! Those wings with UTEE are great!