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Saturday Steam 4/20/13

Saturday, April 20, 2013

My biggest steampunk news this week is that my Lady Vadore costume is now officially in transit to Wisconsin for the Oshkosh Public Museum's summer exhibit! (YAY!) John and I spent most of Wednesday afternoon carefully packing everything up and doing paperwork, and I could have easily fit myself into the box by the time we were through. o.0 Cross your fingers that everything arrives safely, although with the amount of packing peanuts we used I *think* it should be Ok.

I was excited to hear from reader Beth D. that she'll also have one of her works on display: this beautiful steampunk arm she created for her "Steampunk widow" costume:


Here's a closer look:

 Lovely! I especially like that filigree piece on the wrist.

Remember, I'm counting on you locals to send me lots of photos once the exhibit opens up June 8th, k?


Now, tell me the truth: Is it wrong that I kind of want this in my front yard?

On second thought, don't answer that. ;)

This gorgeous steam train sculpture is actually - get this - a four-ton BBQ! There are two compartments for cooking, and the steering wheel inside the cab operates a rotisserie spit:


WOW.
I believe this was made by a group called "Tvoryukami" for a private owner. More pics and info (in Russian) here. (via my friend John, aka Steampunk Boba Fett.)


Heather M. sent in this stellar raygun necklace, and John was so enamored with it he INSISTED I included it in this week's roundup. Heh. (We're all cool here with rayguns mixing with our steampunk, right? Cool.)

So tiny! I do love the shape, though, and it's made of polished bronze, which is pretty sweet. $38 over at Shana Logic.


I recently joined a FB group on steampunk costuming, which is completely out of character for me since it's so, you know, SOCIAL, but I stay true to myself by just lurking creepily in the virtual shadows, only darting out long enough to "like" everyone's amazing projects and pictures and such.

It's only been a few days, of course, but I'm already in awe of all these mega-talented makers. Here are a few of my favorite finds so far:

Brett King spent four months building this jaw-dropping interactive automaton, named "The Aetherologist." Turn up your volume to hear the recording in the vid below:


Admit it: your jaw totally dropped. And, hey, best use of Siri ever? I'm thinking YES.

Believe it or not, this back pack by Frank Thomas Puricelli is still a work in progress:

However, it already has working "steam," LEDs, a drink dispenser, and dual speakers that hook up to Frank's wrist-mounted phone so he can play music. WOWZA. I'm torn between being inspired and just abandoning all of my own projects in despair, because how are they ever going to be this good?!

Ahem.

Now for a dose of pretty:

Sílvia in Portugal makes these fabulous neck corsets, with lots of beautiful designs to choose from:

"Helene Neck Corset," approx. $27 US

Each laces up in the back, and is scalloped on the sides for comfort:

"Isabella Neck Corset," approx. $31 US

Head over to Sílvia's etsy shop, Sky Pirate Creations, to see the rest!


And for something most of us mere mortals can actually attempt: this steampunk finger stylus may look like a million bucks, but it's actually made from a plastic milk jug handle:


Head over to Instructables for Rob's super easy tutorial.


And finally, I think John and I have reached a point on my next costume project that I can give you all a little sneak peek/clue:

Still a work-in-progress, and we're debating starting over from scratch entirely, but let's see if any of you can guess who/what I'm planning from just this. :D

(And no telling, those few of you who already know!)


I hope you all have a great weekend, and get some much needed rest and peace after this crazy week. As always, feel free to share your steamy finds here in the comments or over on the Epbot FB page!

Posted by Jen at 11:00 AM Labels: ,

49 comments:

  1. Forget the front yard -- I want that train in my living room. (Please?)And the sneak peak thingy looks great already, but it feels like you haven't put your final, mind-numbingly clever, inspirational touches on it yet -- the ones that will put it WAY over the top. Can't wait to see the finished product!

    I love Saturday Steam. Thanks!

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  2. Steampunk Harleyquin is my guess. :0D

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  3. I'm new here (hi!), but I just had to guess the White Rabbit. ;)

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    1. That was my first guess too!

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    2. My first thought: "Please GOD let John be dressing up as a steam-punk Alice. PLEASE."

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    3. Andy, that is so brilliant I just yelled across the house to John that we're changing his costume. :D

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    4. That would be EPIC!

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    5. Oh my goodness, Andy, that is GENIUS.

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  4. I know! I know! But don't worry, I'm not telling. :) I can't wait to see the rest!

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  5. Steampunk white rabbit costume? ...To go with an awesome steampunk Mad Hatter costume for John?! :)

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  6. Is it a steampunk'd White Rabbit? All wonderlandy and such? :D

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  7. My guess is a Steampunk Splicer since you've been playing Bioshock.

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  8. Steampunk splicer? I seem to remember a bit of Bioshock fandom...

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  9. Ohh, I'm loving the mask and super curious! Steampunk White Rabbit from wonderland? No idea, but cool.

    The train is amazing, I wouldn't want one but wow.

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  10. Steampunk Splicer? :) (is that redundant?)

    Ash

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  11. steampunk march hare, and John is the dormouse? =)

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  12. I totally know what it is (how are they missing it???) Think about gaaaames...that's all I'll say in the spirit of not giving it away :)

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  13. Definitely a rabbitt...

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  14. Steampunk white rabbit? You've already done some cool Alice in Wonderland costumes. Who will John be this time?

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  15. And now I am thinking Steampunk Pokemon.

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  16. Splicer? (On my list of "maybe someday" costumes. lol)

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  17. I'm guessing steampunk splicer, too! The mask looks amazing!!

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  18. Would love to have you stop by Sewing for Steampunk and Cosplay on Facebook sometime. I'm a member of the Steampunk Makers group as well. You just kinda slipped in there under the radar, didn't you?
    https://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/groups/sewingforsteampunk/
    Just in case you'd like to stop by - I'm the admin, promise I won't out you, lol!

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  19. Steampunk White Rabbit. That looks like a Rabbit mask to me!

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  20. Thank you for the link to the Steampunk Costuming and Accesories group on Facebook; joining now!

    "I'm torn between being inspired and just abandoning all of my own projects in despair, because how are they ever going to be this good?!" Many of us feel the same way when we look at your work, lady! YOU are an inspiration!

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  21. Steam Punk White Rabbit? If so, I can't wait to see the watch!

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  22. I'm new here, so I could be way off, but to me it looks like the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.

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  23. steamy white rabbit! what fun. =)

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  24. My immediate thought was Steampunk White Rabbit, but after seeing some people guess Steampunk Splicer, it's too hard to guess! ... And that is possibly the best BBQ ever made.

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  25. Steamified March Hare! And John's probably matching with the Mad Hatter! Can I join? I always wanted to steamify the Cheshire Cat! I'm apparently very excited... to see your costume, of course!

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  26. My first thought was Mad March

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  27. EEK!! I know what it is and I CANNOT wait to see it!!! (The benefits of being in the same FB group!) WOOHOO!!

    Oh and I just love those neck corsets! SO cute.

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  28. For some reason I am thinking Donald Duck.

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  29. Just to be different....... steampunk Roger Rabbit, with John as Judge Doom.

    Chris

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  30. Seeing as that shape is a dead ringer for the rabbit Splicer mask, I'm going with steampunk Splicer.

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  31. I'm going with a steampunk splicer or just a normal splicer. I remember you playing Bioshock a while ago.

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  32. Congrats on the shout out Beth... ! If you think that costume is good, you should see her as Abby from NCIS... UNCANNY!

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  33. Looks like a Steampunk White Rabbit. Is John going to be the Mad Hatter?

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  34. Maleficent? Is that you?

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  35. My guess is a steampunk splicer as well. Which would be fantastic! Because really the big daddys are already sort of steampunkish. Tell me John is going as a Big Daddy?! PURTY PLEASE!

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  36. Jen, I may be late to the party, but congratulations on showing Lady Vadore at the Steampunk exhibit in Oshkosh! I'll be there in late July for the EAA AirVenture, and I want to make it over to the museum to see the exhibit. I can't wait!

    As for the mask partial-reveal, I have to go with the masses and guess a steamy White Rabbit. John's complementing outfit as Mad Hatter would be the perfect foil. Can't wait to see more of the costume!

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  37. BioShock Splicers would be awesome, hopefully you will both be a part of that!

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  38. I'm going for Phantom of the Opera steampunked. am i right?

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  39. Please let it be The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog!
    John, how-a-bout steampunk ROUS for you?

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  40. Just need a jumpsuit and you can be the conscience from Donny Darko. :)

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