Steampunk Mr. Potato Head

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Introduction: Steampunk Mr. Potato Head

About: Founder, Concourse www.concourse.co

Spudnik, as I call him, was a project that was inspired by a craft swap project. Designers and crafters alike randomly were paired with a different theme and a material. My theme was "steampunk" and my material was "old toy." Every project was open for interpretation. I went to the Chelsea Flea Market in Manhattan to find some vintage toys. There were so many to choose from, but I soon realized that picking up an already aged and gritty toy would take the fun out of making something look steampunk. This is how I arrived at Target with a Mr. Potato Head in my hand. This piece was a nod to my favorite steampunk artist Doctor A.

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    This is awesome. What did you use for the eye?

    im building a steampunk cyborg buzz lightyear right now, it was mine that i used to play with when i was little, and then my brother played with it roughly, and its half broken, so that will be the robot side........

    i am working on one i love this instructible great job

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    Awesome. I can't wait to see it! Take Pics!

    this was my effort at it. The top hat was done with an aluminum sheet duct taped into a tube and glued to the original mr potato-head bowler. The eyes and mustache were made from sculpy. The forklift arm is made from the legs of a robot action-figure and there are pipes on the back made from dead batteries of different sizes

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    Very cool! Awesome use of creativity and resources from around the house!

    best mr potato head i have seen. always good to know what items to
    keep on hand too, like the premo sculpey you mentioned
    great brass knuckle site.

    Hi, I got stuck whilst making my steampunk dalek gun, when I read this, you inspired my dalek. Thank you :)

    it looks so cool :D:D

    Wow that is absolutely amazing! But even more cool is how you made that potatoe head thingy into some steamy robot thingy =D
    Love the details, now it only needs some steam coming out of that tube.

    This is amazing! We used to use a real potato for Mr Potato Head, and the all-plastic version always seemed a bit... well, plastic. You've taken it to a whole new level- inspirational!!

    Hey guys and gals! I just posted my 2nd Steampunk Toy tutorial. If you enjoyed the tutorial please, vote for me in the Epilog contest or the Holiday Gift Contest. I would love your support. I could use that Laser cutter to make more art and craft projects for you! Thanks again!

    For tutorial, view here:
    https://www.instructables.com/id/Steampunk-Explorer-Toy-Set-Telescope-and-Steampun/

    Awesome. My daughter collects Mr Potato heads and this gave me the inspiration needed to build her one for her birthday that she won't find in any store. Being a computer junky my version ended up being a bit robotic looking and is a functional USB hub with light, fan, and mp3 player. I was unable to get the cool antique brass/gold color you achieved mixing the paints listed, so I bought antique gold and applied it lightly over the final color. Unfortunately doing so I lost the steampunk affect. Next one I'll use the gold direct over black. Thanks for the inspiration and great instructions.

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    the only problem is the potato head had to go through extensive surgery :S lol

    It'd be worth all the pain if I could look that cool...