Steampunk Wii Video Game Controller

So, I’ll admit it…I’m a total geek and I’m totally at peace with it!  I have more Wii Controllers for my gaming system that I can use at once.  So, I thought it would be super-cool if I took one of them and made something steampunk and fun to spice up those boring white controllers!  I’m super-excited about how it came out and couldn’t stop thinking of Candy Rosenberg’s love for all things Steampunk and altered while I was working on it!

Handcrafted Steampunk Wii Controller

So, I guess I should start by giving a disclaimer here.  I couldn’t figure out how to take the controller apart.  So, before the Nintendo folks start freakin out, I’ll just say that if you do decide to do this, I’m sure your warranty will be void and I went into the project understanding that if paint drips down too much, I may lose the controller.  But then again, if it worked…it would be totally AWESOME!  SO, I dove right in!  You’ll have to weight the risks for yourself.

First, I started by making the wrist strap.  To be honest, this was part of some kind of weird leather thing I found on the floor of a casino a few years ago.  I knew I’d use it someday…and today, that little treasure was upcycled and given new life.  I added some Silver Wire from Beadalon to give it a nice touch.  The rhinestones, believe it or not, were already there!

Wii Controller Steampunk Strap

Then, I lightly sanded the controller and then added some cool little buttons and findings from Graphic 45 and Stampin’ Up to the rear of the controller.  I adhered it to the controller using E-6000 Glue.

Back of Steampunk Wii Game Controller

Then, I started covering the controller with DecoArt Texture Fierro.  This product really is amazing! It gives you an instant rough texture, dries quickly and has great coverage.  I also used DecoArt’s Dazzling Metallic Glazes (gold) to paint all the buttons.

Steampunk Wii Controller Rusted

Then, I cut out three of Spellbinders Twisted Metal Tags and Accents from the Samantha Walker Collection from black cardstock.  I then cut them in half and sandwiched two sets of three together using Aleene’s Tacky Glue.  Then, I adhered them to the side of the controller.

Next, using a variety of DecoArt’s Americana Brown, Tan and Black Acrylic Craft Paints and the Dazzling Metallic Glaze – Gold, I dry-brushed all over the Texture Fierro on the controller and on the strap to give a worn look.

Drybrushing Steampunk Video Game Controller

Finally, I used DecoArt’s DuraClear Satin Varnish to give it all a great finish.  This is another amazing product that any mixed-media artist should always have in their toolbox.  I seriously love how easy it use to use, how it transforms my projects and how easy the clean-up process is.

Here’s a list of items I used in this project:

Wii or Video Game Controller
An upcycled item to use as a wrist strap
Silver Wire from Beadalon
Stamped Metal Brads by Graphic 45
Trinkets from Stampin’ Up
E-6000 Glue
DecoArt Dazzling Metallic Glaze – Gold
DecoArt Texture Fierro
Spellbinders Twisted Metal Tags and Accents
Black Cardstock
DecoArt’s Americana Brown, Tan and Black Acrylic Craft Paints
DecoArt’s DuraClear Satin Varnish

Homemade Steampunk Wii Controller

That’s it!  This was a fun project to work on!  And I worked very carefully to ensure paint didn’t run into my controller – either shorting it out or making the buttons stick.  So, if you’re planning on doing this, use your own judgement and do it at your own risk!  But if it turns out…it’ll be a head-turning item all your gamer friends will look at with envy!

Make heads turn…everyday!

This entry was posted in How-To's, Jeremy's Projects, Mixed Media, Techniques, WAY Off-the-Page! and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Steampunk Wii Video Game Controller

  1. Veronica (Ronnie) Goff says:

    Wow……loving the steampunk look you ended up with this project!
    Bravo Jeremy!

  2. Bestill my heart, Jeremy! I so love this!!! So guess what? My daughter and I are wearing our steampunk outfits at CHA!! Cant wait to see everyone!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *