Inspired by the lovely Susan Dennard (who, after seeing her website, my son James refers to as the "pretty inventor"), I embarked on a steam-punk costume-making spree last weekend.
Susan makes it look easy and very cool. She provides instructions on her site on how to make a gun, goggles, and a utility belt. Here are Susan's goggles.
Okay. So I pulled my friend Izzi and her two lovely daughters into the scheme. Izzi is the mistress of all things second-hand, and she provided lots of gee-gaws for our project.
She also has a glue gun.
When I envisioned making steam punk accessories, I guess I didn't really consider my partners in crime: a two year old, a three year old, and two five year olds.
Let's just say... it's work trying to explain one's steam punk vision to this audience.
It doesn't help when our friend Jeff spent most of the time insisting we made up this whole steam punk thing.
I had fun. I hope everyone else did, too.
I am working on a steam-punk mini-comic starring the kids. I'll post it later this week.
Thanks Susan for the inspiration! We had a lot of fun.
Here's a teaser from the comic.