Steampunk

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.

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Nerfpunks

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 brightlyContinue Reading

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 forContinue Reading

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 ShouldersContinue Reading

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 participateContinue Reading

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 theContinue Reading

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 brilliantContinue Reading

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 costumingContinue Reading