|Spinning a good yarn, at Nova Albion|
For cosplay (and everyday wear, for a few), some steampunks are true costumers, building clockwork couture from their own designs. Others see the potential in a thrift-store item and transform it. And some support the artisans of fashion by buying their gorgeous limited-edition goods.
So too for the propmasters, the makers of buildings, pedal-cycles, ray-guns, robots and artifacts beyond description. And then there are the jewelers, who craft timepieces, necklaces, bracelets, rings and so much more. If it exists in this world someone will punk it. If it doesn't, someone will make it.
|Marvelous machine at Maker Faire (image: Basha Osinski)|
So it was no surprise that the Maker Faire (Bay Area, 2011) contained a gathering space for steampunks and their cohort. For a greater opportunity to witness the artisanal wizardry firsthand, steamcons provide a visual cornucopia. And if you have a local steampunk group to meet up with, make sure to ask about crafternoons. More experienced makers are generous with advice, when asked nicely.