Elizabeth G. first e-mailed me over six months ago to show off her epic thrift store haul of brass bits and glass she'd been collecting, and now she's turned her stash into some awesome steamy goodies!
And check out Elizabeths' glass-and-metal hot air balloon!
Another idea to steal: use a brass candle cup for the balloon's basket! Brilliant.
I love the seaside details - and isn't the ornament's teal crackle glass perfect withe the aged copper chain?
Sue Beatrice of All Natural Arts never fails to astound me with her sculptural pocket watch pieces, but every time I think she can't possibly top herself, she does. Check out her latest, "Pocket Dragon:"
Sue positioned the dragon so it can pivot out of the case slightly when it's opened. She did this to preserve the two hand-etched signatures inside the original case, which is just beyond awesome - I love that she preserved that bit of history! See more pics of the piece on her Facebook album.
Lyndsey G. in Scotland actually sent me this next photo last Halloween - which just goes to show you can never predict how long it will take me to post your stuff, guys. :D Anyway, you'll never guess what Lyndsey used to make this rockin' winged jet pack for her daughter Holly:
foam wing tutorial helped inspire her, so I guess we'll have come full circle if I "borrow" this idea for myself, then - right, Lynz? Head over to her blog post for more pics and details on the rest of Holly's steamy duds.
For you vinyl toy fans, Tamara S. found a neat Kickstarter for these baddies:
They're called Rivals, and while the second guy ("The Nautilus") has more of a Cthulhu pirate vibe, I'm really digging the first design with the gas mask ("The Cog"). Happily the Kickstarter has already met its goal, and you've still got a week left to snag a figure if you'd like one - or both!
Twenty five bucks (plus $10 for shipping) will get you one DIY (unpainted) figure, or for $30 you can get it painted as shown. I'd really love to see The Cog painted up in some rusty coppers, brass, and leather, so one of you get on that for me, yeah?
Or, ok, maybe I'll break down and buy a DIY version myself... [grumble]
Norene O. spotted a tutorial this week on how to make a corseted leather top hat, and by the famous steampunk artist Tom Banwell, no less!
This is an older tutorial from 2010, but it's new to me. Go here for Banwell's instructions and scale template you can enlarge and print out at home.
Banwell is probably best known for his steampunk masks, btw, which tend to be as terrifying as they are bad-ass. "The Sentinel" is still my favorite of his work, and I'm sure you can guess why:
You can bet this was in my inspiration folder when I was creating Lady Vadore!
Here's a great photo of it in action, so to speak:
And finally, since I've fallen woefully behind on my own book reviews, I'm happy to share this fabulous Collection of Steampunk Reviews over on Wired. GeekDad James Kelly reviews five works of steampunk fiction in the first part, and then five more works of non-fiction in Part Two. All of them were new to me, so odds are you'll find some gems to add to your "to-read" list. (Steampunk Holmes is going on mine.) And thanks to Amanda J. for sharing the link!
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