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anon9100
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« on: July 15, 2009, 04:10:45 pm »

Hello, I've admired the steampunk look for awhile now and finally have the time to start a project, however, I'm not really sure where to start....

Can anybody suggest a good project to start with?

By the way, I wasn't sure if this was the proper board to post this in, so sorry if it was not.
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2009, 04:22:14 pm »

Might I (rather narcisistically) invite you to consider making a pair of mad scientist spectacles? Pay no attention to the flat-iron, it thinks because it can produce steam it qualifies as a steampunk Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2009, 04:47:07 pm »

I have seen this questions several times now and have figured out how to answer it... with another question!

Without thinking about steampunk, what would your next project be anyway?
 Start on that project but add in some steamy elements. My first "steampunk" project was a  converted lantern (carbide to LED) for a specific purpose, I discovered the steampunk world when I was halfway through the build and it just happened to fit in (well, close enough).

If you do not have a project in mind, but want to start something just to get your feet wet, go figure out what your costume/attire needs... It doesn't have to be goggles, but could be a cane, hat pin, necklace, or any other trinket that you will USE (or sell...)
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2009, 05:24:53 pm »

It's a difficult question to answer.
I suggest going through and reading through the forum, and seeing what strikes your fancy.
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2009, 05:40:16 pm »

Usual first projects consist of:

- Making/modding a pair of goggles.
- Putting together a Steampunk outfit.
- Making/modding a firearm of some sort.
- Making anything you like, then covering it with wood, brass fixtures, piping, gauges etc.

But yeah, just do whatever you want to do, really.
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2009, 08:25:38 pm »

@Kittybriton: I could make the goggles/glasses, however I wear (prescription) glasses, so I wouldn't be able to wear them other than on my forehead/neck, which isn't terrible, but it isn't convenient either.

@jringling: I don't really have anything specific in mind except that it is not too expensive or too complicated

I go to college and do not have any tools or resources at the moment. How much would it cost (approximately, of course) to make or modify a gun?
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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2009, 03:43:18 pm »

It would probably cost about as much as spray paint and a Nerf gun.

Also, I found a way of getting around the issue of needing to wear glasses - I have a few older pairs of glasses that still (roughly, it must be said) fit my prescription, so I have taken one of these, popped the lenses out, and installed them inside my goggles. Hey presto, I can see(ish), and due to the dark glass in the goggles, no-one can see the lenses.
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2009, 11:53:59 am »

painting up a squirt gun can be done very cheaply.

I found a bunch of steamy looking squirt guns at walmart. just a little paintwork and they look great.
buy a couple of squirt guns and a spray can of primer in black and a brush on can of silver and one of gold.
spray it black and drybrush with the silver and gold. the silver turns a darker gunmetal look when you clearcoat it , the gold looks more brasslike. you can buy gloss clear spray at the hardware store along with the other paint.
practice your painting skills on the guns then later start adding bits and pieces to embellish them.
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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2009, 02:24:32 am »

I have no idea of your space or resources, but my first project was not directly "Steampunk", but it has sure helped my other Steampunk projects - I built a work bench. Having a dedicated work area sure goes a long way.
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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2009, 03:51:33 am »

hey i´m a newbe here too... and i´d like to make some project suggestions...

don´t stars with clockwork stuff... it´s too difficult to start with ^^' i know what i´m talking about xDD okay what about brass goggles? typical beginner project^^ (btw. also my next project) or u can put together a steampunk outfit it´s easy if u know ebay xD i did it heck yeah and i didn´t had to spent lots of money for it!
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« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2009, 05:43:43 am »

I have seen this questions several times now and have figured out how to answer it... with another question!

Without thinking about steampunk, what would your next project be anyway?
 Start on that project but add in some steamy elements. My first "steampunk" project was a  converted lantern (carbide to LED) for a specific purpose, I discovered the steampunk world when I was halfway through the build and it just happened to fit in (well, close enough).

If you do not have a project in mind, but want to start something just to get your feet wet, go figure out what your costume/attire needs... It doesn't have to be goggles, but could be a cane, hat pin, necklace, or any other trinket that you will USE (or sell...)
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