This is SweetLoris, who looks truly amazing in her steampunk outfit. What a great photo, and I love that gun! I’m impressed that she was able to assemble this costume without resorting to the typical goggles and glued on gears. Not that there’s anything wrong with goggles and gears — I just like the uniqueness of her ensemble.
This photo shoot was a collaboration between SweetLoris and photographer Kristin Berwald. Well done, Ladies, you did a marvelous job!
Gun: Gordon Smuder
Clothing Design: Blasphemina’s Closet
Jewelry Design and Photography: Kristin Berwald of Bionic Unicorn
Hair/Makeup: M C Nelson Artistry
The guns were so expensive that the photographer only let me hold them for a few minutes while we were shooting and then carried them around in a baby stroller with extra padding.
Here’s a very lovely steampunk costume, made and modeled by Demorafairy. She’s really done a great job, and looks fantastic in the corset and skirt.
She also made a beautiful set of metallic wings. There’s a nice write up on how she made the wings on her DeviantArt page. Incredible work, Madam!
The wings are made of thin card, covered in silver metallic vinyl sheeting, which I got from a general DIY store. As this is what most of the questions are about I’m going to find out exactly what it is when I get home from uni (around July sometime).
The clockwork is straight out of a clock with a few minimal adjustments to make the cogs rotate more (I found that when the alarm goes off more of the cogs rotate, and that there was a small part limiting how long the alarm would go off for; once I removed that part, it would go pretty much indefinitely). I can’t give much more help on that though since finding that was pretty much trial, improvement and luck.
The rest is fairly straightforward – there’s a cardboard sheet attached to the back of the clockwork to stop it digging into the wearer’s back and to keep the clockwork going, and fake leather straps attached to that, which are adjustable with a buckle.
Take a look at this lovely steampunk corset dress, made by the talented Erica Young. It’s made out of neckties! Wow, what a fantastic look.
Erica put together a very nice tutorial on Instructables.com, so you can make one yourself. It took her about 15 hours to complete, so this project is for someone rather handy with stitching.
Wonderful job, Erica!
I made a deliberate attempt to use only what I had on hand for this corset, though I did end up spending about $10 for bias tape, brown thread, and grommets. If you purchase all required supplies, this corset could set you back up to $100, I would imagine.
This particular design took me about fifteen hours to complete. A significant portion of that time was dedicated to hand stitching (and taking photos for this ‘ible!). Hand stitching will be an unavoidable aspect of this corset so prepare yourself with some background movies or tunes, maybe a hand brace, and a delicious adult beverage. VIEW TUTORIAL
For the steampunk Muppet in all of us… it’s Steampunk Sesame Street! LOL, this is great. This awesome shirt is listed on welovefine.com, but it appears to be sold out in all sizes. Well, I guess that’s not too surprising.
Here’s some related artwork by evancheng, featuring Steampunk Bert and Steampunk Ernie! Bert is doing the pigeon (not literally), and Ernie is flying high with his yellow rubber ducky. They’re perfect! Great job.
Here’s a nice little preview of the 12th Annual Edwardian Ball, which took place at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom on Jan. 21st.
In this clip we got to see the steam engines from Kinetic Steam Works and a cycle-powered carousel. Very cool! Mark will be releasing a full event video soon, and when he does I’ll be sure to post it here. Stay tuned!