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Unread 08-25-2008, 07:57 AM   #16
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I like to see different means of power in steampunk props and costumes, but thats just me. The hand crank like Freezerburn suggested would be cool on a prop, especially if it was functional.
Handcranked magnetic generator? Or, far better, a cog and pulley system, strapped to the back.
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Unread 08-25-2008, 11:54 AM   #17
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I resently found an old portible trasiter radio at a good will. the device is rapped in a lether carrying case. oviously trasiters are not steam punk but I like the out ward aperaince of the device several large dials and botans if I removed the radio markings. do you think it could work as a steam tech device or is it still to new.
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Unread 08-25-2008, 12:35 PM   #18
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It's leather, it's got dials and gauges. Go for it.

It's "transistors", by the way.
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Unread 08-25-2008, 12:44 PM   #19
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I resently found an old portible trasiter radio at a good will. the device is rapped in a lether carrying case. oviously trasiters are not steam punk but I like the out ward aperaince of the device several large dials and botans if I removed the radio markings. do you think it could work as a steam tech device or is it still to new.
You can also do some fairly simple modifications to further 'low-tech' it.
Try attaching a few old vaccuum tubes out of a junk tube amp. By cutting the leather case so that you can glue the tubes to the radio without the glue showing, you can disguise the fact that it's a transistor radio.
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Unread 11-07-2008, 12:31 PM   #20
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heres my newest steam punk costume I'm trying out new googles and the radio
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1794146/
close up
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1795093/

I'm looking for any suggestions for add-ons to go more steampunk
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Unread 11-07-2008, 03:50 PM   #21
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Looking cool so far.
You want a few suggestions?

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(*) A box-shaped leather or canvas backpack, or a bucket-shaped wicker one. Eliminate all zippers and replace them with buttons, ties and buckles. Add a few additional straps for tying shovels, pikes and a bedroll. Also eliminate any colour not between cream and brown (except black) unless you can fade it badly: while many bright colours could be achieved even before Napoleon, it was better if your reds and blues stayed out of the rain.
(*) If you carry a shovel or a pike, make sure they look completely like "metal on wood", then strip away any paint on them. Also remember they are supposed to be solid, so no Second-World-War fold-away shovels.
(*) a cast-iron frying pan, a small pot or even a small Dutch over, dangling outside your backpack. Even a brass or copper kettle, but whatever you carry, make it look used.
(*) A bow tie or a ribbon tie. Make sure the material is not shiny or eye-catching.
(*) A canteen and/or a hip-flask. Metal or leather, although the hip flask could be glass. The canteen has to have a shoulder strap rather than a belt buckle.
(*) A bellows-type camera. No need to exaggerate there: even I have a hand-held bellows camera that's as "huge" as a late-series Harry Potter paperback.
(*) A napkin, tied around your neck inside your shirt's collar. Cotton or wool, and kept damp if the weather's hot. If it is silk or something otherwise shiny, keep it folded and peeking out of your coat's front pocket. Regardless of its material, its colour should contrast with the shirt and coat, yet not be particularly eye-catching.

Make up and personal appearance:
(*) Do Not loose a single ounce. If anything, gain a pound or two. Without facial hair, you look like the perfect chubby sidekick.
(*) If you go for any makeup (general dirt, road grime, coal dust, coal smoke, sun burns, tool-shop grease), better make sure it is spray on and wear your googles while you are being "soiled": that should leave beautiful google marks on your face. Also make sure your cap and clothes get some.
(*) No matter how tired, bedridden or agitated you might want to appear, ALWAYS be perfectly shaved, or otherwise keep a perfectly groomed, discreet mustache. A gentleman is never in such a hurry as to be seen looking like a savage. Besides, those were times of straight razors, so while a cut or two could be acceptable, a "5 o'clock" shadow would not be. (Consider shaving twice a day for your event.)

If I think of anything else, I'll post it.
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Unread 12-05-2008, 12:01 AM   #22
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As it has already been pointed out steampunk is a very forgiving genre to cosplay. Just keep in mind that steampunk is before WWII once you hit the WWII era you're sorta in dieselpunk territory. Other then that steampunk is whatever brass and steam dream you can conjure up.
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Unread 02-02-2009, 10:48 AM   #23
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heres my newest steam punk costume I'm trying out new googles and the radio
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1794146/
close up
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1795093/

I'm looking for any suggestions for add-ons to go more steampunk
I would say you need to have some kind of tie around your neck. It can just be a simple scarf/bandana deal, or a full out ascot but that would be a great place to drop in a little detail.

I love the hat. X3
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Unread 02-03-2009, 07:02 PM   #24
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Okay,

What about female stempunk? Can someone give me the guidelines for girls? I'm thinking of making a captain stempunk. Do I follow the rules of Victorian times or only use them as a guideline?
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Unread 02-03-2009, 07:20 PM   #25
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Everyone seems to be coming up with really great tips so far, so I'll just add this: Take a look at the website Brassgoggles. In addition to having an awesome blog, it has really wonderful, active forums for all divisions of steampunk - clothing, machinery, etc. They're also just about the friendliest online community I've ever come across, and I'm sure they'd be glad to lend you a hand.

Oh, and people are always posting pics of their creations, so it's great to browse for inspiration. ^^
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Unread 02-03-2009, 07:33 PM   #26
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Seen what happens when good period-influenced cosplay gets regimented

Please
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Don't let Steampunk turn into EGL.
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Unread 02-05-2009, 11:53 AM   #27
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Don't let Steampunk turn into EGL.
Amen! I thought I would scream at a con after seeing dozens of the same repainted N-Strike Maverick Nerf Gun and Victorian English clothing.

You can do great things by inserting some ethnicity into your costume like these gals: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1844078/
and my own work in progress http://www.cosplay.com/costume/172300/
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Unread 02-05-2009, 06:22 PM   #28
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Hey,

If anyone wants to check out some steam punk artwork and scents, go to the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Their Steamworks collection looks cool.
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Unread 02-05-2009, 08:38 PM   #29
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There are so many stylistic influences and so many wildly creative people involved in the steampunk style now that it would be a shame to try to put restrictions on it... But, I would like to share some of the best general advice I've gotten from local S/P veterans regarding materials for use in costumes and props. In general, they suggested that the materials used in steampunk costuming should be more organic, pre-plastics age, such as: leather, canvas, silk, wool, taffeta, cotton, linen, wood, and all those lovely metals (especially those which hold a nice patina such as brass, copper & silver).
Materials which would not be considered steampunk would include things made of plastic, rubber, vinyl, silicon (these take you more into the cyberpunk style), also artificial fabrics like rayon and polyesters.

My favorite visual archive (a real treasure trove for ideas on everything steampunk) are the steampunk groups on flickr.

For example:
Steampunk fashion - http://www.flickr.com/groups/steampunkfashion/
Steampunk gear - http://www.flickr.com/groups/steampunkgear/
And just Steampunk in general: http://www.flickr.com/groups/steampunk/

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Unread 02-05-2009, 09:17 PM   #30
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Keep your eyes out for things that can easily be converted. I managed to pick up a couple of $1 toy space guns. With some coats of paint, and a couple of glowsticks, they look very steampunk. Also picked up a second hand leather toolbelt for a couple of dollars and changed that into a gun holster. Top hat, wild west shirt (with old fashioned brass and silver patterned stripes) , cravat and couple of rayguns and you have a well dressed cowboy going to a fancy shindig. You can just see a bit of the outfit and my beloved shirt in my avatar.

I've got a AUD$5 cane I bought at the markets, chopped the head off and am going to put different heads on for different characters. Seen some people with a bit of old pipe painted up and used that as a cane.

Accessories are what sets you apart from just being period. Brown leathers and brass metals will look great, but don't let that stop you going with silver metal or black leather or any colour either. Silver works better for my Oriental steampunk characters. Plan on doing a white leather and gold metal scheme later in the year.

Even small cogs glued on to something, eg arm band, will give a bit of a pizzazz.

You can get really cheap pocket watches off ebay which have clockwork-like appearances
or lovely filigree that wouldn'be be out of place in the 19th century.

Seen some cheap watches at the markets too with heraldry and clockwork designs.

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You can do great things by inserting some ethnicity into your costume like these gals: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1844078/
and my own work in progress http://www.cosplay.com/costume/172300/
Thanks for those photos. I've been looking for Eastern inspired steampunk for a while now since that's what I'm currently working on. I was beginning to think I was the only one.
The only problem I've got is too many options. Working on my Chinese top hat this weekend, but also found a great Chinese old style hat which I'm going to experiment with. So many options. I found a medieval style tunic that can work for Russian or Turkish as well, and with a small change Chinese or Mongolian. But I've also got a great Chinese shirt I'm turning into a waiscoat and with the top hat will look great.
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