I am the artistic director and lead magician for MAJINX which is a magic & illusion company. We are in the process of becoming totally steampunk. All our sets, props and costumes are being dipped into a big steaming pot of gears, rivets and other strange machinery all of which becomes part of a magical production which entertains families across the country. Our website is www.majinx.com. Check it out. We are looking forward to presenting our show at steampunk conventions around the world. We just have to figure out a way to transport our props at a reasonable cost. I think we need a blimp.
Hope to you meet some fellow steampunkers soon!
Yeah, looking at the sets I thought that might be the problem but I thouhgt I'd suggest it anyway. The 3pc screens are a great way to take space with little mass. I know your production has more glitter than I am used to. I've always strived for realism in my creations and tend to want everything weathered and heavy looking. The Sacramento Stmpk Society is kicking around project ideas for a float or stage. I may get a chance to dig in there!
I make extensive use of foam core board and insulation foam in my 1/6th dioramas. I think the insulation foam (4' x 8' sheets of white foam) would add an extra 3D element with little weight. The hot wire foam cutter I use is awesome and great for 3D letters in signs or larger projects. I also use a soldering iron to sculpt the foam. Painting seems to be a problem as most spray paints melt the foam but i've found for my small projects I can massage fabric paint into the foam (usually matt black) and it creates a barrier that you can then use the spray paint. For the large pieces you require I don't know if that's practical.
I've always wanted to help in a stage production. I think i'd be good at backgrounds and props. I spent many years building 1/6th scale dioramas and I'm sure I could transform those skills to 1:1 projects. What are you using to make your 3d gears and gadgets??