Gearing Up for Halloween – Gathering Resources for Costumes and Props

Sometimes you want things to look a certain way but you don’t have the time, materials or skills to make it happen. And there is no shame in cutting corners or substituting one thing for another. I know some people are all about the “authenticity” but Steampunk should be a bit of silly fun and […]

Gearing Up for Halloween – If You Can Dream It, You Can Make It (Out of Foam)

During the sessions for makers I’ve attended at conventions, speakers can’t say enough good things about a material called Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) foam. My only experience with it has been with bedrolls and yoga mats, but I saw several ways to use it demonstrated and it is a wonderful resource for costume and prop makers. […]

Gearing Up for Halloween – Plastic Makes the Props Go Round

Plastic is an incredibly versatile material and it is everywhere. With a little ingenuity and elbow grease you can make it into just about anything. First off, there are toys. At any Steampunk cosplay event you can be sure you will see suped-up Nerf guns and squirt guns that look like they walked right out […]

RVA Steampunk Maker Day

The Richmond Steampunk Society is glad to announce the first RVA Steampunk Maker Day! On October 15th, 2016, with the help of one of it’s members (thanks Jaime) we have secured one of the meeting rooms at the nearby Chesterfield County Central Library. I originally was just planning to hold a smaller maker day at […]

Woodland Ghost DIY (With a Twist)

Once again, it’s that time of year where we celebrate cavities, death, and forcing small children to walk past gruesome scenes of carnage in exchange for “Sad Sized” candy bars. Or, it could be my absolute favorite holiday: Halloween. If you want to get even with someone for a good scare last year, or you’re […]

Nerf Embraces Its Steampunk Side

Let the adventure begin with Nerf Rebelle Charmed bows and blasters! Guard the world from the dark forces that threaten it and launch into action as a powerful protector. (Hasbro) Since the beginning . . . whenever the beginning actually was . . . Nerf has inadvertently played a central part in the Steampunk movement, most […]

Midsummer Mask-Making Part 6

If you don’t have your mask for the Midsummer Masquerade by now, you’re probably panicking. But don’t worry. We have the ultimate last minute mask that is not only cheap and easy, but also extremely unique.

Midsummer Mask-Making Part 5

Some masks make a statement. Some are downright sexy. Some protect superheroes’ identities. And some are barely there at all. If you want to create an ethereal appearance, or you want to get some really funny double takes, try making an invisible mask. It’s a very easy bit of wizardry.

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