Category Archives: Steampunk

Fair of Mad Science at TeslaCon VI

For the fifth year, the Promethean Society has presented the Fair of Mad Science at TeslaCon VI, where builders display all manner of working gadgets and non-working props.

And for the fifth year, I continue to be amazed by the entries. People submit all manner of props: rocket packs, weapons, detectors, time machines, breathing apparatus, scientific kits, gauntlets, communicators, vehicles and more created from a vast array of materials.

Nerfpunk: Costuming with a (Comical) Mission


Everyone has their own flavor of punk. Steampunk. Dieselpunk. Clockpunk. Atompunk. Even bustlepunk. Now, meet Nerfpunk. The brainchild of Austin and Megan Maude Sirkin, Nerfpunk is a tongue-in-cheek attempt to reverse the common trend of steampunking Nerf weapons, which Austin calls the unofficial mascot of steampunk. Instead of repainting brightly colored Nerf weapons in blacks, browns and grays, Nerfpunks create their steampunk attire in the bright colors of Nerf weapons. It’s certainly not meant to be an independent movement, nor

Steampunk Costuming: Leather Bolero

Leather steampunk bolero

Most of the time, I work from Goodwill purchases.  There, you can find leather jackets for about $20 in a variety of different styles and qualities. This time, I really lucked out because a cousin tore the back of a very nice jacket, and she donated it to me for costuming. Because of the damage, I could not turn it into a bolero and corset set, as I have previously done.  I could, however, use it just as a bolero,

The Loki Costume, Finished

I’m preparing for TeslaCon this weekend, so I’m being brief. This is the finished costuming project I’ve been blogging about, complete with small wire horns.  You can get more info on the project here: Costuming Project: Steampunk Loki Jacket Part 2, Color, Fabric and Trim Part 3, Sleeves and Shoulders Gluing and Sewing

Debuting the Loki Jacket; or, Praying to the Glue Gods

Myself in Loki Jacket

This weekend I attended Steamtopia in Dearborn, MI.  As usual, I arrived with multiple outfits, as is standard for attendees at a steampunk convention.  However, this time the collection included the Loki jacket about which I have been posting. It’s still not finished – it will eventually have a gold and green skirt – but it was far enough along to display with a plain, black micro-suede skirt. One of the problems I have with non-sewn projects is they start

Steaming Apparel – Costume Tips for Non-Sewers

The last few days I’ve been working on one of my other websites, Steaming Apparel.  It’s designed primarily for those who are just starting to costume for steampunk, and I built it because I kept encountering people who: Thought steampunk outfits have to be really expensive Felt the couldn’t participate without a costume Had no idea where to start on designing a costume Thought you had to know how to sew to make a steampunk outfit In fact, I’ve created

Loki Jacket, Part 3: Sleeves and Shoulders

Jacket with finished shoulder pieces and sleeve inserts

This is a continuation of posts relating to my current steampunk costuming project Steampunk Loki Jacket Part Two: Color, Fabric, and Trim Holding Costumes Together: Sewing, Fabric Glue, and Hot Glue I have a love-hate relationship with the sleeves and shoulders.  The most successful part of whole coat was the sleeves, which is good because they were a pain in the ass to do. Perhaps the least successful part was the shoulders, which were necessary because of the sleeves. Cutting

Loki Jacket, Part 2: Color, Fabric, and Trim

Sample colors swatches in green and gold, microsuede and man-made silk.

This continues from Costuming Project: Steampunk Loki Jacket, where I outlined the first steps in finding a suitable base coat and did some basic shaping. Now it’s time to create more intricate decoration and add some color to the project. Fabric Color Loki’s movie jacket is black and overly brilliant green with gold embellishments. These are the colors of a comic book character.  While I damn near always go for ostentatious in my steampunk costuming, often bordering on absurd, those

Holding Costumes Together: Sewing, Fabric Glue and Hot Glue

Fastening Fabric: Glue and Sewing

I am always suspicious of glue.  It’s failed me in a wide variety of projects.  When working with hard materials, I tend to default to superglue to side-step the almost inevitable failure of lesser glues. I can’t do that with my steampunk Loki coat project.  I have to actually choose glue like a grown-up. As an Aside: Two other items of note in the above image are wax paper and Sharpies.  Glue does not stick well to wax, so its

Costuming Project: Steampunk Loki Jacket

Old Fashioned Sewing Machine

I came out of Thor 2 with a mission in life: a steampunk version of Loki’s coat. (Even better if it came with Loki inside it, but that’s beyond my capabilities.) This is easily my most complicated project to date, and, unlike most projects I’ve discussed (primarily at my costuming site Steaming Apparel, but also my Improvising Steampunk Fashion and Recycling Old Items posts), I’m totally not offering this up for beginners.  This is a major personal project, but it

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