Steampunk Sunday: How to Get Steampunk Gear and Supplies SUPER CHEAP

This post is part of a sponsored post series about the steampunk lifestyle. This campaign is sponsored by Steampunk Goggles. All opinions are totally my own. 

If you’re rocking the steampunk look, or want to have fun with arts and crafts in the steampunk genre, you know it CAN be easy to find the cool stuff you need to make the neatest accessories. Of course, it can also be ridiculously hard…a pain in the ass to say the least, but I’ve got my own little tricks up my sleeve.

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Sweet Jackie

If you saw my steampunkins, then you know I found some SWEET stuff to play with. I’ve since run that shit through the dishwasher so that I can reuse it for fun artsy projects of joy.

I really liked the piece on the top right of “Jackie” – you know, the piece I used as a “flower” in her “hair.” It was probably my favorite find the week I acquired that piece.

I digress…

So if you’re into steampunk, odds are, you make a lot of your own sweet pieces. Or you shop on Etsy. Or specialty sites like Steampunk Goggles (the wonderful sponsors of this post.) Either way, you want unique accessories and accents that make your steampunk look your own. Sometimes a combination of the three can create the perfect ensemble or decorative piece. (And you know I’ve been working in retail copywriting too long when sentences start coming out like that. </cheese>)

I’m going to teach you my sweet secret.

Confession: I have a summer addiction. I spent nearly every Saturday morning from May through October digging through other people’s junk. I’m a garage sailor (yes. sailor) through and through. I’m actually going to be talking about this a few times this week…but today is all about the steampunk finds.

Estate sales are my absolute weakness, and I’ve found some pretty amazing things for SUPER cheap. Not only is it fun to walk through someone’s home, observing their things and their home, but also it’s a bit like treasure hunting.

Take this one home I went to about a month ago. The gentleman who lived there was some type of builder or plumber. Piping, tubing, pieces tools galore lined the walls and floor of his garage. I spent several hours digging through all of the dusty boxes and bags to find pieces that I thought were interesting or usable. I came home a smelly disgusting mess. It was awesome.

The best part about my finds, was the fact that estate sale operators understand what I do. I walked up to the lady with a giant bag of stuff and said, “I have NO idea what any of this is.”

And she looked at me knowingly, “Are you an artist?”

It was the first time that it had been asked of me by a stranger. And I never REALLY considered myself an artist. Until that moment.

“Yep.”

“Well, I’ll go easy on you. It looks like you have some copper and…how about $4 for the whole bag?”

“Deal.”

FOR THE WIN!

How to Get #Steampunk Gear Super Cheap After washing every single piece (and bleaching some tubing that smelled awful…and I eventually had to throw away anyways…) and showering…I had a pretty sweet box of goodies to show Brian.

At another garage sale, I was able to ask for a $2 price on this sweet craft box FULL of buttons…while not all of them are “steampunk” worthy, there are quite a few antique-y buttons that will be awesome on some of my projects.

craft box full of buttons

I’ve done this several times, and now I have lots of DIY projects in the works, so get excited. Here’s the start of something I’m working on right now:

steampunk lunchboxI started with a lunch box that I received at BlogHer, painted it with a color I mixed myself, and glued some of the more unique buttons. Then I glued lace around the handle and added a few more buttons. I’ll be adding some of the fun items from the box-o-goodies next to see where this ends up.

As you can see, Brian’s got a lot of patience for me…and my “projects.”

Collector vs. hoarder Someedcards

 

What are you working on, Blog Friends? Anything fun? Anything Steampunk?

 

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Steampunk Sunday: Steampunkins Anyone?

This post is part of a sponsored post series about the steampunk lifestyle. This campaign is sponsored by Steampunk Goggles. All opinions are totally my own. 

Note: Only two pumpkin carving tools, two pumpkins and one finger were harmed in the making of this post. There may have been a thumb accident pertaining to the seeds of said pumpkins. That is all.

With lots of promises to bloggers, companies and myself this month, I thought it would be a good idea to put it all into one giant megapost. You know…like one post to rule them all. (Please for the love of all things, tell me you got that reference.)

So I promised April over at First Time Mom and Dad some sweet pumpkin carving (thanks to the free carving materials I won from her giveaway!) And I’m still working with the wonderful team over at Steampunk Goggles to promote their FANTASTIC line of goggles, which you can read about in my Steampunk Halloween post from last week. And I promised them an AWESOME video of, well, steampunk awesome.

Obviously, combining the two with the clever nickname dubbed by Katie of Words for Worms (Steampunkins) was the way to go.

I went out and bought two pumpkins after work one night. I placed them in the car and one of them smashed my finger, so obviously I yelled out, “Ow!” And obviously Brian paid no attention. Because I say “ow” more often than, well, anything…

So, as we were carrying the pumpkins upstairs, I told Brian, “You can carry that one. Because that’s the one that bit me.”

“It bit you. And it doesn’t even have teeth yet. What do you think it’s going to do when you give it teeth?”

“Well, maybe I just won’t GIVE it teeth. How do you like that, evil pumpkin?”

And then Brian laughed. Because he ALWAYS laughs at my funny commentary…and not at me. Obviously.

So here’s what I did to that nasty pumpkin:

You’ll see that I screwed Jack’s mouth shut with wiring. And then I wrapped him in chains. And made him a complete cyborg. Because he was a baaaaaad steampunkin. Then I made Jackie. And she hates Jack. Not only because his name is a lot like hers, but also because he bit me. She’s TOTALLY on my side. She got a pretty lace hat, a metal flower in her hair, and real eyes. And a real mouth. And actually, I shaped that real mouth to look like she was exasperated with Jack. Because he’s TOTALLY exasperating.

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Evil Jack

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Sweet Jackie

What types of pumpkins are you carving this season, Blog Friends? I’ve got 3 days of Halloween posts ahead, so get excited!

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Steampunk Sunday: Change it up with a Steampunk Halloween

This post is part of a sponsored post series about the steampunk lifestyle. This campaign is sponsored by Steampunk Goggles. All opinions are totally my own. 

Do you know what Steampunk is? Thanks to my partnership with SteampunkGoggles.com, you’re going to be treated to a series of delicious posts this month about Steampunk. And if I have my way…a guest post from my boyfriend. (No promises, there, kiddos. I don’t always get my way. This isn’t Burger King.)

So I’ll ask again. Do you know what Steampunk is?

I didn’t. Well…until I met my boyfriend.

Steampunk Renaissance FaireSo, I’ve always had an obsession with the Victorian era. And apparently, so has Brian. What made the two of us slightly different was that while I was reading Jane Austen and dreaming of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Brian was rocking with cool Steampunk goggles, gear and dreaming of vintage sci-fi magic. Brian was down with Steampunk. And so I learned a bit about it. And we see it in some of our annual adventures. Steampunk costumes show up during cosplay at Gen Con and Comic Cons. We even went to Steampunk Day at the Bristol Renaissance Faire! As you can see, I’ve taken it to heart.

The short form of Steampunk is this: Victorian science fiction. Or technology as imagined during the Victorian age. But the beauty of Steampunk is that unlike most genres, there isn’t a set “This. Is. Steampunk.” You’ll find thousands of variations and twists and spins. You can look to Jules Verne and H.G. Wells for inspiration, as they were front-runners in Turn of the Century science fiction.

So you’ve probably noticed that this is something of a geeky nerd culture. But it’s totally geek chic. Obviously. If I’m involved.

Kaylee Frye CostumeThe thing I love about Steampunk is the DIY/anything can be Steampunk aspect. Take my Kaylee Frye Halloween costume (Check out that Teddy Bear patch that I MADE BY. MYSELF. I’ll write about how easy that was on another day.) While Firefly isn’t truly in the realm of Steampunk, it definitely falls into the unique category (for those of you who don’t know, it’s basically Space Cowboys. Old West Meets Sci Fi.) I could quite easily make this costume unique by adding a few accessories and accents.

  • I’d start by adding some boots with buckles and other embellishments, tucking my pants into the tops of the boots to show them off. KayLee Frye and Malcolm Reynolds Costumes
  • Then, I’d need a necklace. As Kaylee is a Firefly mechanic, adding gears and other doodads wouldn’t be completely out of the question. I might even make a gear patch to add to the patches on her coveralls (which I found relatively cheap on eBay).
  • Kaylee’s a real sweetheart, so I don’t think I’d want to give her a gun, but her costume counterpart in our universe is Malcolm Reynolds, and I’d DEFINITELY give him a gun. He’s already got a sweet holster. You can find lots of DIY Steampunk guns on Pinterest.
  • Steampunk goggles would be a perfect add on for this costume, to really pull the Steampunk genre into the mix and complete the ensemble.
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Original art by the very talented John Garret of hypertransitory.com

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Steampunk Goggles is hosting a Pinterest contest to win a sweet pair of your very own goggles! Three lucky winners  will get a pair of awesome goggles, so go enter this Pinteresting Goggles Contest!

Blog Friends, are you into Steampunk? Is this all news to you? What do you think of it? Are you down with a bit of Steampunk Sunday every now and then?

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