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Author Topic: Im new to Steampunk and need some help  (Read 2206 times)
minnsiegirl
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« on: January 01, 2014, 12:04:56 pm »

Hi! so im new to all of this, i discovered steampunk goggles then the rest of the fashion and have fallen in love with steampunk and want to make lots of different stuff for it and find cheap ways to dress steampunk, is there anyone who can help me?
i live in australia so stores might sell different stuff, im going to the salvos tomorrow (thrift shop) to find some old stuff.

could someone please comment telling me stuff i might need to know about steampunk?
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2014, 01:11:17 pm »

The only requirement is imagination, how to take worthless things and combine them to create a fantasy artifact from another age. I started by studying photographs from the 19th century, how did they decorate things, what did their cutting edge technology look like? Create a vocabulary of detail, a virtual construction set that enables you to see an object and transform it first in your mind, then in your shop. Start collecting parts that look like they might be useful, when you have a shelf full, stare at them to see what goes together. Here is an old photo of one of my parts shelves, most of this stuff is now gone, built into finished projects. Become your own expert, invent histories for your creations....provenance. And sign everything you make, you are now an artist.
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2014, 02:18:18 pm »

Welcome aboard.

There is all kinds of information already here in the Tactile section of Brass Goggles.  Have fun reading the old threads and have even more fun making things.
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2014, 06:34:50 am »

Indeed. Just searching Google for "Steampunk" will wield all sorts of ideas. And don't forget Youtube.

Start haunting the remnant and hardware stores, and check around town for leather and metal part suppliers.

Most importantly, don't try to do everything at once. Start small, and simple and simple build your creations up over time as you skill increases.

And don't forget. you can always ask questions here.
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2014, 12:33:35 pm »

Welcome, we like to encourage each other.

As well as Tactile for prop making there is Anatomical for costume making.

What skills do you already have?  Can you sew and do you have your own sewing machine?  Do you paint/do sculpture?  Got a workshop area, if so what sort of tools already to hand?

You might like to send a scramble of the letters from your name to Your hidden steampunk name for Nephele to do an anagram.
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2014, 04:02:00 pm »

Get a stockmans coat.

Seriously, so cool, so steamy, and no one will look at you funny if you wear it.
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minnsiegirl
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2014, 05:44:14 am »

Get a stockmans coat.

Seriously, so cool, so steamy, and no one will look at you funny if you wear it.

do you have a picture of one? if i like it i might get one Smiley
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minnsiegirl
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2014, 05:45:51 am »

Welcome, we like to encourage each other.

As well as Tactile for prop making there is Anatomical for costume making.

What skills do you already have?  Can you sew and do you have your own sewing machine?  Do you paint/do sculpture?  Got a workshop area, if so what sort of tools already to hand?

You might like to send a scramble of the letters from your name to Your hidden steampunk name for Nephele to do an anagram.

im pretty good at making things, i came first in the year in wood work in yr 10 at my school and im always drawing and painting
i recently bought a bunch of stuff, clock parts, steampunk goggles, steampunky jewlery
any ideas of how i could use the clock parts?
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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2014, 07:48:50 am »

Re clock parts, If you like mechanical projects you can do things like this:-
A treasure box that opens and closes with a cog mechanism.
Clockwork fan built into a wearable top hat shape frame.
Mechanical arm with extended grip.
Small telescope with placement mechanism attached to goggles
Mad Scientists Machine (disguised picnic cool box with spoof radar continually tracking on top.)

If you just like the shapes copy a few pieces to use as templates for woodwork, fabric patterns, etc.  Personally I don't advise gluing them to your outfit for decorative purposes because the glue may make them impossible to salvage for any later practical projects.  You will find yourself making and remaking all sorts of things.
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2014, 09:00:27 pm »

I think the only 'need-to-know' information is simply just have fun with it! I know it is extremely easy to be intimidated by the things and outfits that others have created, but remember there really is no pressure to make things the way they do. If you find something that may not be strictly steampunk in the general sense, but you think that it can work then go for it. Though there are some basic 'rules' lots of people follow, they are no way set in stone. Also, do not be afraid to mod things! In the ideal world, we all would love to make everything from scratch, but sometimes that just isn't possible.

Oh- one last thing! Set a budget if you have a specific outfit or project in mind. It is really easy to overspend.
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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2014, 12:25:18 pm »

Get a stockmans coat.

Seriously, so cool, so steamy, and no one will look at you funny if you wear it.


do you have a picture of one? if i like it i might get one Smiley


You're a bloody Aussie, girl! You should know this, it's your heritage! Not knowing what a stockmans coat is is like not knowing what a stubbie is!

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« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2014, 03:46:25 am »

It's a good idea to invest in a USB drive and several notebooks.
Sketch and draw constantly, ideas and inspiration can come from the most mundane situations.
It can also help track your jurney into the steampunk aesthetic.
The USB drive to store images, links, articles, techniques, and content that may be lost over time.

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« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2014, 05:41:19 pm »

Don't forget the humble art of knitting.  You can create truly unique accessories and clothing which can allow you to establish your own individual style. You can even knit and subsequently felt, hats. Bowlers, top hats, full sized and mini, the possibilities are endless. Also, it's a lot easier on the budget to shell out a few dollars on some good  yarn and make  whatever it is you want yourself.
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« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2014, 05:53:07 pm »

Hear, hear!

My favorite steam accessory next to my drovers coat is a pair of knitted fingerless gloves!

Madame Darling, we must start a Steamknits thread!
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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2014, 06:04:27 pm »

Oh, we do, we definitely do!
I love fingerless gloves, they really can spiff up an outfit, and they're so much fun to make!
How, and where, should we start it? In  the Anatomical department, perhaps?
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« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2014, 06:06:05 pm »

Ooo I knit metal! Can I join? Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2014, 07:13:36 pm »

Ooo I knit metal! Can I join? Smiley

Definitely! I've heard tell of people knitting with wire, but never have done so myself. It's fascinating, I'd love to see your work!
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« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2014, 07:54:47 pm »

You said the magic words.

http://www.crimsonforge.co.uk/design/gothic1.jpg

http://www.crimsonforge.co.uk/design/gothic8.jpg

http://www.crimsonforge.co.uk/design/squidy.jpg

http://www.crimsonforge.co.uk/jewellery/drag.jpg

http://www.crimsonforge.co.uk/jewellery/geo.jpg

I knit with hoops and loops and pliers, Sorry for the minor deception. But still it could be said that us lowly chainmaillers 'knit' the odd thing together. We may not be croshay, but on average; we can pick up a dropped stitch here or there.   Smiley
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Miss Indigo Darling
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« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2014, 09:15:19 pm »

You said the magic words.

http://www.crimsonforge.co.uk/design/gothic1.jpg

http://www.crimsonforge.co.uk/design/gothic8.jpg

http://www.crimsonforge.co.uk/design/squidy.jpg

http://www.crimsonforge.co.uk/jewellery/drag.jpg

http://www.crimsonforge.co.uk/jewellery/geo.jpg

I knit with hoops and loops and pliers, Sorry for the minor deception. But still it could be said that us lowly chainmaillers 'knit' the odd thing together. We may not be croshay, but on average; we can pick up a dropped stitch here or there.   Smiley


Wow...that, sir, is impressive. Absolutely. I like all of it, but your chainmaille shawl I consider most exquisite. Beautiful work. Thanks for pics!
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Kieranfoy
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« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2014, 02:48:48 am »

Aaaannndddd the steamknits thread is up!

http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,42808.0.html
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