The Crossroads of the Aether
I'm pretty new to steampunk and i have a few ideas for an outfit but i was wondering if anyone has any good tips/trick on certain parts on how to build it.
Mouth Mask Breathing apparatus to small tanks
Top Hat/Goggles (obviously)
Some sort of shoulder pad system for one shoulder with maybe the tank and a machanism going down my arm?
Rest would gentlemanly attire
Any Suggestions on how i could build/purchase these items?
There is a very good instructional book called Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker's Guide to
Creating Modern Artifacts by Thomas Willeford. It contains how-to guides for making goggles, a breathing mask and a mechanical arm, among other things. I highly recommend it, and besides, Thomas is a nice guy.
You can find it on Amazon here
1. Go to A LOT of 2nd hand shops, stalk ebay etc
2. Like I said, Look for spats sold at scottish pipe band shops. These are mostly between $20-$40 and made of real wool
3. Top hats, try Ebay, 2nd hand shops.
4. Do try to get your hand good in a sewing machine, if you dont own one yet. Try to find one that can sew through leather, or try to find a tailor to make you leather shoulder pads. Also, try shops that sell 'Larp' (live action role playing) shops, they mostly sell shoulder pads.
And you must not forget. Go to cons where a lot of vendors bring all these items under one roof!
If you want a really long-lasting quality top hat, I bought one from here, and I've had it for quite a while now. It's extremely sturdy and I'm surprised how I haven't destroyed it by now (I'm not the most careful person). That is my recommendation for you, otherwise I agree that YouTube is a good place to look at for making your breathing apparatus. Best of luck with the crafting! :)
On a mask or breathing apparatus you may want to look at military surplus stores and online for old gas masks. Now if your set on just a lower-face mask and then wearing goggles that's fine but you can also use a gas mask for in place of them.