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Old 09-16-2010, 04:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tips for steampunk costume

I got invited to a Halloween party with a steampunk theme! I'm really excited as I've always wanted to make a steampunk outfit anyway. I'm rather limited in budget though, probably wouldn't want to spend more than 30-40$. Anyone have any tips? I figured there would be a website for this but there either isn't or my google-fu is weak. The websites I found were prefab costumes that didn't even look very cool.

So far I've got combat boots, and an old duster that I already own, so the expensive pieces are out of the way. I'm going to get cheap welding goggles and a nerf gun and spray paint it silver. Not sure what else. Maybe fingerless gloves?

I'm not sure where to get old looking pants and a shirt. Maybe Savers... Maybe get a vest?

A good steampunk costume is in the details, help!
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Old 09-16-2010, 04:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can you integrate some brass or copper pieces in your costume?
Or am I thinking of Clockwork?

Also, you definitely need some goggles.
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Old 09-16-2010, 04:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Steampunk Emporium -- Steampunk Clothing from Gentleman's Emporium

Are you going for more of a fantasy steampunk look or a conservative steampunk look?
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Old 09-16-2010, 05:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 09-16-2010, 05:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If you can layer various mechanical junk of the appropriate kind, it can give a cool steampunk look. Like gears, insides of old clocks. I like the glasses here with just a bunch of screws, the others are cool but harder to replicate:



ASU2003's link has a cool guitar...so even a toy plastic guitar could be jazzed up with parts from the hardware store to be steampunkish:



This has some cool steampunk objects:

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Old 09-17-2010, 10:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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More fantasy steampunk I think.

Some of those those things would be way too hard to make but give me some ideas, thanks. I'm going to make a big list of little things I can add and just find whatever I can.

Clockwork is pretty similar to steampunk I think. If not the same.
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Old 09-18-2010, 04:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Go to Home Depot and find a can of Rustoleum hammered brass finish spraypaint. That and hammered silver made for a kickass Pyramid Head helmet a few years ago, nice aged looking finish to it. Get a big pack of plastic gears, paint them, and glue them to stuff. Grab some goggles like
these these
and spray the frames.
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Old 09-18-2010, 05:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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search for steam punk!
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Also, Google 'steampunk nerf maverick' for ideas.
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