So last Friday - with just one week to go to MegaCon - I was looking at all the steampunk goodies I've never worn and decided to put together a new costume. Just feelin' the itch, ya know? No specific characters or anything, just a "generic" steampunk ensemble with a tribal/art nouveau/cyberpunk flair.
Of course I can't do a cosplay without a mask, so I quickly stitched up a simple leather design and embellished it with plastic pipe "respirators." Then I started on a feather and chain headpiece like the ones I'm always drooling over on Etsy.
K, 'nuff talking. Time for PEEKTURES!
I only have one side of the headdress complete; I'm about to run to JoAnn's (for the 4th time in as many days) for the final piece for the other, smaller side. (The band itself is 2 leather belts from my craft stash, glued together and embellished with metallic Rub n' Buff.)
(It seems most of our cashiers at JoAnn's are going to MegaCon in costume, too, so shopping there is extra fun as we all geek out together. :D)
The mask is done, and has tiny orange lights inside the respirator canisters. I'm hoping the mask will also help protect me from the con crud.
I made everything on my own, no assistance from John even with all the sawing and leather work. Makes it feel more my own, and since it's come together so quickly I've been having a LOT of fun working 'til the wee hours each night.
The forehead pendant is an altered necklace from my favorite steampunk jeweler, Friston. Isn't it beautiful? I'll be wearing another of his big statement necklaces and a large cuff bracelet, too.
I plan to wear this on Friday, so look for the mask then, fellow con-goers!
I've also made an upgrade to Lady Vadore's helmet which makes me super happy, even though most people will never notice it. I went from this flimsy foil gear and plastic gem:
To a custom resin Imperial symbol with a real crystal:
The symbol is a custom-made pin from this UK Etsy seller; I clipped the back pins, re-finished it to an aged copper, and then cut apart a cheap $3 brooch to harvest the fake emerald in the middle:
This photo shows my new copper finish a lot better.
I finished by backing the whole thing in black craft foam and centering the gem:
Like I said, SUPER HAPPY.
Well, I have more last-minute costume crafting to do, so I'll see some of you at the con! And for everyone else, I'll post finished photos when I have them.
Hope you guys are having a great week! And sorry again for being a bit light on posts; rest assured I'll be inundating you with MegaCon pics after the weekend. :D