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.

Location: Wherever Steampunks gather
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Latest Activity: Sep 10

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 Tinkerer, Brighton Gilrian on July 8, 2011 at 6:53am

Dear Jon Magnificent,

That armor sounds fun, I myself just did a small piece of shoulder armor, more or less just to test it out. I would love to do a fuller piece though.


Dear Widow and Grimm,

No experience with Gypsies or lace whatsoever. But your stories are interesting. I've helped with a fair amount of sewing and stitching, especially off on my own and by hand, but I've never bothered much with undergarments, at least those for other people. I believe my Ladye prefers it that way. 

Comment by The Widow Kate Next on July 8, 2011 at 3:45am

Lol!  Jon Copper Twopaints...sounds like a Steampunk persona! :D  Mr. Grimm, I can see Professor Bats in a Steampunk litter, the robotic legs like unto a spiders, creeping along with her servants working the gears from inside (its a big litter!) so she can relax and write at her lap-desk...all while being fed the most succulent fruits and cool drinks.


As to the Gypsy in your past, ah ,well, you did say that the lacier parts of the, er, ecdysiast (that is a new word for me, how exciting!) attire usually defeat you, it is totally understandable that you got caught up in her web for a while.  The Widow herself has been known to tangle folks up a bit just for fun...

Comment by Ryan Grimm on July 8, 2011 at 3:28am
@ Euphrenia McGee:  Do you baste the netting to tissue or light paper to make handling it when sewing easier?  Then sew it up and tear away the paper when done?
I've always been curious how to do it, as I used to make *ahem* ecdysiast's accessories, and the lacier parts usually defeated me.
Comment by Ryan Grimm on July 8, 2011 at 3:23am
@ The Widow Kate Next:  I was married to a gypsy for three years; it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  The fact that when I met her she owned a bar, and was a former stripper/lingerie model, had almost nothing to do with the attraction. ;-)
Ah, I still have the slides.......
The Chuck Wagon is in it's 6th iteration, thus the Mk VI.  I 'copied' the original Mk I from a 1930's magazine's camper design.  I'm DieselPunk too!

Professor Morgan Bats:  What you NEED are a litter and bearers, with backup staff for cold drinks, fanning of air, etc.
Slaves are vastly over-rated:  inefficient, and with no motivation.
Comment by Jon Magnificent on July 8, 2011 at 1:17am

Euphrenia! I just saw that I missed your question.


The armor is only envisioned to be on the shoulders and chest, and possibly upper arms, if we can still flail around while playing our instruments, comfortably.


I purchased 10 sheets of 2mm Sintra PVC 11" x 14".

I need to do the cardboard mocks, but then I'll shape the Sintra and decorate it.

I've gotten very good with spray paint (so when I see the remark that copper paint alone does not make an item steampunk, I agree. It takes at least 2 different copper paints....) so I'll paint and decorate the armor until it looks magnificent.


I've also got a wild stage prop designed that I'll be building, plus another album to mix, master and release -- band rehearsals, home-schooling my daughter on her summer break, etc., so I am juggling all of that. I'll post pics when I do the armor. I'm excited about it!

Comment by The Widow Kate Next on July 8, 2011 at 12:45am
Euphrenia, that sounds beautiful!  What exactly do you mean by combination underwear, if you don't mind my discussing your dainties in public?  Are you wearing corset and pantaloons?  Or are you opting for chemise style top? Speaking of Victorian dainties,  I have actually been mooned by my two sisters while they were in full historical clothing...shocking views of pantaloons and silk stockings under lifted belle hoops! There is a picture floating around somewhere of the event...Lol! :D
Comment by Professor Argon Bats on July 7, 2011 at 11:53pm
Euphrenia, I look forward to seeing pictures of this magnificent color feast!
Comment by Jon Magnificent on July 7, 2011 at 11:28pm

I horribly failed a summer school macrame class when I was about 9.

Why was I in a macrame class? Because I asked mom far too late if I could attend summer school and there wasn't much left to choose from....

Anyway, the project was supposed to resemble an owl. The teacher could not understand how I managed to get it all to twist and contort like that. My folks couldn't understand how I tied my shoes the way did, either. 

I admire the heck out of anyone who can make clothes.

Comment by The Widow Kate Next on July 7, 2011 at 11:04pm
Oh, yes, quite a tangled mess I woven while working with netting!  I try to do anything with it by hand, and if I can cheat with as little sewing as possible!
Comment by The Widow Kate Next on July 7, 2011 at 11:02pm

@ Madame McGee: "mug on one side and their wump on the other" Lol! :D

That was lovely to come home to!


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