Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Steampunk Photos!....Sorta

I went all the way to a Steampunk con and forgot to grab my camera.
Rather typical of me really.
So the only two photos I happen to have of the finished Regina Black costume. DRAT IT ALL!
The good news though is Colleen from WyngdLyon Creations and I are planning a photo shoot after May to get some decent shots of our work. I have a costume and she has a ton of beautiful stock to photograph to keep us busy.
Anyways...Here's the photos in all their blurry glory!

Yeah, blurry but not horrific!

It all turned out really well and I got a great response from people while wearing it. I'm hoping by the next go around that I'll finally do the glove I've been wanting to make.  As you can see, I decided to put the gun back into the picture.  I only got one side of it fully painted though so I ended up strapping the thing to my leg so you couldn't see the unfinished side. One thing I'm good at? Hiding the crap. This lead to me building a gun holster in an hour.

Detail shot!

The gun is a Nerf gun. Just the typical one you see modified by most Steampunk costumers. Eh, I like the shape even if I was being unoriginal. So the gun holster came out far better than I imagined it would. Its definitely very close to my original design since I wanted the gun to show. The holster part is actually cardboard with a bit of nylon trim around the top. I spray painted it copper then added the studs to it. It actually is Velcro-ed in the back so I can remove the gun when I wished.  I really didn't want to since it wasn't finished but its always nice to have an option! The cardboard is a bit flimsy so when I rebuild it, I'll probably use craft foam. For a day's use, it wasn't too bad. The chains are plastic and held it to my belt. I tied the rest of it around my thigh with a piece of braided hemp cord I made. Overall it was a lot more sturdy than advertised.
I cannot wait to get better shots of this costume!

On a less blurry photo note. I also got some fantastic photos of me in my dancing garb for the belly dancing performance I participated in at the con on Saturday! I couldn't have asked for a better photo!

We dubbed my hairstyle, sexual chicken... I had some vodka in me by then.

Unfortunately I don't know the photographer. So whoever you are Mr Photographer, thank you for the wonderful picture! If you see this, send me a link to your gallery and I'll post it! I do know that my friend Lilli took this fantastic picture of me and my hubby, Max who was dressed a la Morocco Mole. Thanks for the photo!

By the way, his vest was made by Colleen at WyngdLyon Creations. The link is posted in my links section. You should buy some of her amazing stuff...just sayin'.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Steampunk Progress for Gaslight Gathering

I really need to stop taking photos with my camera phone. But I do it all the time. Mostly because I can't remember where I put my regular camera. Its somewhere in the house. I know THAT much.

The Gaslight Gathering is fast approaching! Its this Friday to be exact. I managed to get my long in overhaul steampunk costume (Regina "Reggie" Black) more or less to a finishing point. So if I venture on over on Friday, I'll have something to wear.



I considered buying welding goggles and rebuilding them all together. But honestly, I have been really happy with how my original goggles looked design wise. They pretty much look exactly like my drawing.  So I went back and fixed up all the broken bits then added on a few new pieces. The clock gears I think gives it more of a mechanised look than before. I still have to go in and clean up some bits but overall, they are done.

Coat and Vest!
  I amped up the distressing on the coat a LOT. I'm still half tempted to go in with some red paint and do a couple quick splatters on it, just to add some more grittiness. I decided to keep the blue shirt from the original since I look better in color. I added the watch chain and finally got the vial belt finished. Though I am considering going in and distressing the belt a bit more. I'm hoping to add a couple more hangy-offy thingys (Technical term. Honest) on the belt and coat just to give it more character. I do have a gun prop as well but I'm on the fence on if I want to use it since I'll need to build a holster for it.
I'll probably be wearing my old black slacks and my black goth-y looking boots to go with it. As much as I love my beautiful brown suede boots that are VERY steampunk, they hurt my knees if I'm in them for too long. Since I'll probably be on my feet all day, its probably best I go for comfort.
So its all the devil in the details from this point. I'll probably be playing around a bit more before I finally wear this sucker. Alas, I never got to my Victorian gown for this event but I DID manage to get some great patterns. It shall be in the works!

Hopefully I can get some photos of me in full costume soon!