Steampunk Month

Steampunk Month Wrap-Up (or should I say Wind-Up?)

And so, my clockwork friends and tinkering colleagues, steampunk month comes to a close. But I must say, it was an enormous success!! Lots of participation, lots of interest, and best of all, lots of fodder for future steampunk KAPOW!

During the month, all sorts of new Steampunk Stuff crossed into my radar–some came from blog comments, some from emails, some from tweets, and some from other online shout outs.

A Giant Thanks to Everyone Who Passed More Steampunk Goodness My Way (Read more…)

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How to Make a Steampunk Gun

Steampunk gun: a device to blast away all things mechanical and paranormal.  Your costume just isn’t complete without one.

But once you’ve made your steampunk gun, well…  Mad werewolf on the loose? No sweat.  Giant clockwork kraken at your door? You got this.

The simplest way to make this gun is to head to your nearest Wal-Mart/Target/K-mart kinda shop and invest in a cheap Nerf gun.

Here’s the one I bought (though I think I only spent about $9), and you’ll notice A LOT of people use the same gun.  But there are other rather awesome options, like this.

The only other tools you need are:

  1. Spray paint in gold and silver (you should still have this from the goggles!)
  2. A very tiny Phillips-head screwdriver.
  3. Gold and silver embellishments (also like you used for the goggles and the utility belt). (Read more…)

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How to Make a Steampunk Utility Belt


Steampunk utility belt: the place to carry your Tools of Awesome–or to just hang onto some spare change. Whatevs.  No matter what you choose to store, you’re gonna look STEAMPUNK-TASTIC wearing it. (Read more…)

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How To Make Steampunk Goggles

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Steampunk goggles: the perfect gift for any occasion — birthdays, anniversaries, whatever.

A simple present that says, I care enough to want to protect your eyes from gas explosions, zombie claws, and wayward automatons.

Or maybe you simply want a pair for your  steampunk costume–that’s certainly why I set out to make mine (seen in the photo right).

The best part of these “brass goggles” is that making them is cheap (<$20 if you spend wisely) and easy (unless you’re clumsy like me–then it just takes a little extra care). (Read more…)

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Steampunk Costume Week

Now that you know your steampunk personality, it’s time to get down to the Really Important Part of this whole steampunk month thing: COSTUMING.

YOU KNOW YOU WANT A STEAMPUNK COSTUME.

And you don’t have to do much to create a steampunk-tastic outfit. Just check out this video to see what I mean:

(Sorry I have a cold and sound congested.)

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Steampunk Cinema Recommendations

Yesterday’s steampunk personality quiz had an overwhelming show of Swashbuckling Airship Pirates.  Out of almost 200 people taking it, 32% wanted to navigate the skies with their clockwork parrot.

As such, I thought I’d tailor today’s recommendations to your various personalities.

(P.S. If you haven’t taken the steampunk personality quiz, then you should! It’s fun!)

So for all you Swashbuckling Airship Pirates, I present Stardust.  A naive hero must leave his home and enter the magical world nearby to retrieve a star for his true love.  But, er…it’s problematic when the star turns out to be a human girl and a nasty witch is out to get her too. Honestly, Stardust is one of my All Time Favorite Movies.  I it so much, and I really think you will too!

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What’s your steampunk personality?

Part of what makes steampunk so fun is that it’s got its cast of stock charaters–the aviator, the swashbuckler, the aristocrat, etc.  But if you’re like me, you waffle about which one you want to be.  Boy when I was trying to make my costume, I just couldn’t decide between “rough-and-tumble” or “prim-and-proper”.

So I made up this handy-dandy quiz for those of you who just can’t decide either!  Just click on the picture and take the quiz to find out!


Tell me in the comments what your steampunk persona is!

I’m an Inventive (and slightly befuddled) Tinkerer.

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Steampunk Giveaway #2: A Great and Terrible Beauty

Let’s enjoy this Steampunk Valentine’s Day with some GIVEAWAY AWESOMENESS!

And as my gift to you, we have one of my favorites: Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty.

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I love this book.

Not just a little either, but A LOT.

Libba Bray is pretty much my hero, and her style of writing is pretty much The Best (in my opinion, of course).  For an author to jump from The Gemma Doyle Trilogy with its dark, Victorian feel to the utterly quirky and amazing Going Bovine?  Well, it makes Bray one awesome writer.

I mean, watch this video and tell me she’s not the COOLEST. (Read more…)

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The Hunchback Assignments: a book recommendation

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A copy of Arthur Slade’s The Hunchback Assignments (it’s labeled as a YA steampunk, but it felt more MG to me) reached my fingertips after lots of great comments hit my ears.  Well, I loved it too, so I shall very soon be moving on to book 2, The Dark Deeps.

Ugly Modo is a hunchback with a special skill: he can transform his features (temporarily) into whatever he needs them to be.  Mr. Socrates, a member of secret spy agency in 19th century England, is Modo’s employer and the closest thing to a father Modo has ever known–of course, not too many fathers raise their sons in total isolation on diets of fighting, acting, and history. (Read more…)

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Steampunk Giveaway #1: LEVIATHAN

Let’s kick off this Steampunk Month with some GIVEAWAY AWESOMENESS–whadaya say?

And what’s more steampunky to giveaway than Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan?

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