The Steampunk Empire

The Crossroads of the Aether


The Cog of Acceptance

The COG was founded on the principle that no one has the right to tell you "your style of steampunk is not right." 

Proper manners, respectfulness and a sense of humour ARE required.

Your style is welcome here.

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Update June 6th, 2011


"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."
--Oscar Wilde, 1888


Discussion Forum

Steampunk Domiciles

Started by Lady Sophronia Bloodthorne-Clark. Last reply by Lady Sophronia Bloodthorne-Clark Nov 7, 2013. 6 Replies

Steampunk RPG's and Other Games

Started by Walter Zumbrennen. Last reply by Captain Michael Iain Rainey Jul 19, 2013. 11 Replies

What foods do we indulge in?

Started by Euphorbia Dinsdale Vercotti. Last reply by Professor Argon Bats Jul 7, 2013. 121 Replies

How would you characterize Gypsys in the Realms of Steampunk

Started by Phineus T. Flubadub. Last reply by Phineus T. Flubadub Apr 13, 2013. 27 Replies

Steampunk influenced

Started by Ilah B. Last reply by Phineus T. Flubadub Apr 5, 2013. 3 Replies

Downton Abbey Fans...and Umbrellas; oh my!

Started by The Widow Kate Next. Last reply by Tess La Coil, Time Bandit Apr 1, 2013. 14 Replies

How do you put the punk in Steampunk?

Started by Katie Gurecki. Last reply by Governor Droop Mar 13, 2013. 54 Replies

Thomas Willeford: Brute Force Studios as a reality show.

Started by CPT Edward Leviticus. Last reply by CPT Edward Leviticus Feb 28, 2013. 1 Reply

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Comment by The Widow Kate Next on July 7, 2011 at 11:01pm
Anything for you, Dearest Bats!
Comment by Professor Argon Bats on July 7, 2011 at 4:54pm
Why thank you dear widow
Comment by Euphrenia McGee on July 7, 2011 at 3:08pm

Goodness... Step away from the computer for one minute and suddenly my mailbox is stuffed!


Regarding mugwumps - I've always heard that they were so called because they sat on the fence with their mug on one side and their wump on the other.


So Jon, first Congratulations! Second, I have curious people on my costumers' list - are you creating the stage armor, and if so, from what materials?


And I? I've been sewing. I've got some amazing fabrics that I'm turning into 1880ish (the Natural Form period) garments. I feel that it's time to be able to dress the part... This is the first time I've made historical clothes without doing my very best to keep everything in period. My petticoat is black trimmed with a grey curlicue on black print, my combination underwear are a delicate pale blue Hawaiian print, and the overskirt and bodice are a delectable purple and teal plaid. Yes, overkill perhaps (though no one will see anything but the outer layers) but I'm having a lovely time... at least mostly If I never have to work with netting again it will be much too soon.

Comment by The Widow Kate Next on July 7, 2011 at 1:30pm
Mr. Bishop, yes, the only ones not being cooled off by the apparatus were the slaves and servants!  I often wonder about steamship and train travel, what it must have been like for the folks shoveling coal for the trains, and operating the machinery for the big ships.  Even the Steamboats with paddle wheels got their push from the men belowdecks!
Comment by The Widow Kate Next on July 7, 2011 at 1:28pm
Ryan, that is quite some wagon...makes me wonder if you haven't a little gypsy blood in those veins!
Comment by The Widow Kate Next on July 7, 2011 at 1:27pm
You may borrow a Zombie anytime, my dear for your cooling purposes.  I don't give a fig for what Zack the Zombie Czar cares about it anymore!
Comment by Professor Argon Bats on July 7, 2011 at 9:45am
Ryan and Thomas: now I want a slave to fan me with a big palm leaf. Is that too much to ask, really?
Comment by Professor Argon Bats on July 7, 2011 at 9:44am
Dear Widow, just to needle your envy: I too have a sewing machine and a serger. I never used the serger on heavy fabrics, so far - I like it a lot for stretchy fabrics (which I used a lot in goth type fashions but not so much for Victorian projects, obviously). I *do* however, as you suggest, often serge my edges before or after sewing the garment, it really is a nice easy (fast!) way to prevent fraying. Other ways to do that, as you know, would include: adding a lining, which would be enough for many fabrics but not the most ravel-crazy ones; French seams (yes, more work, but not as bad as it may sound and rather satisfying); seam binding tape; overcasting or rolling/folding each seam to make a sort of mini hem on each seam (have done that, also not as tedious as it may sound, just make your seam allowance wide enough, but best used on light weight fabrics lest you end up with bulky rolls of material!). But you knew all that. I am a puny dabbler compared to many garment-crafters here!
Comment by Thomas Bishop on July 7, 2011 at 5:19am
That must have been some auto-mobile! I imagine the servant was very cramped in the boot next to an ice-chest operating the blower.
Comment by Ryan Grimm on July 7, 2011 at 4:12am
@ The Widow Kate Next:
The Chuck Wagon has a few modern conveniences; a four-burner stove with oven & broiler (should I wish to make scones, lasagna or pie), a two-bowl sink for food prep/wash-up, and a propane/electric fridge and freezer.  All are salvaged from an RV.
They reside on the right side of the a few panels, and they are accessible for use.  The left side has a truck toolbox for storage, with another salvaged toolbox on the front.
The trailer itself was a pop-up type camper, stripped to the platform and rebuilt (with the sides and appliances) as required of plywood.
Inside the trailer proper are the pieces for a 20-foot geodesic dome, the tarps for same, suitable furniture (table for 6, chairs), a futon couch/bed, and sundry needs for lighting etc.
I REALLY must get this steampunked somehow......then take photos to share.
When I go camping, it's the ice cubes and chilled drinks that keep us cool.

The cooling apparatus you speak of was fitted into a Victorian house in Illinois at a place called Prairie Du Chien....a tunnel underground from the icehouse went into the fireplaces on the ground floor of the house, and cool air was kept circulated by a servant or slave working the blower.
I understand a Mr. H. Hughes also had a similar arrangement for his auto-mobile.

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