The Crossroads of the Aether
Arguably any steampunk outfit is only truly complete with the proper accessories. Clothing defines the time period you are in but your accessories define who and what you are emulating. Whether you are a soldier, a medic, a engineer, a blacksmith, a court jester, or a noblemen.
The cut and style of your clothing, the way you carry yourself these help to enhance the character you are representing, however what keeps people interested in your outfit? What separates a passing glance from a 15 minute conversation about your outfit/character?
It's your accessories, your gadgets, your working bits of Victorian technology. Having dynamic costume elements is always a bonus but when you have Something you can hold in your hand and have it do something, you can then hand it to somebody else and have them work it. Such items engage the audience within your "display"and keeps them entertained. Even something as simple as say a compass can be made to entertain your audience by bringing along a map to go with your compass and mapping out the root that you took to get to the convention As you regale them with your tail crossing the freezing mountain pass and how lost you would've been without your trusty compass.
Well it would seem that I've gone a bit off base from what I had originally planed to say...
Indeed it strikes me now that most In the steampunk community are already well aware of the benefits of accessorizing still is my understanding that this is what blogs are for and I'm trying to be more social so there it is.
What I was originally going to talk about was the accessories I got today for my own steam punk outfit.
I got all of this from my grandparents farm. It was a few years ago now that they passed on, the estate is still being settled and the usual family drama is ensuing. Anyway my great-grandfather on my mothers side was the one that built this farm he was an architect in Chevy Chase Maryland for a number of years sometime during the depression he convinced a number of his neighbors to close up shop and move with him out into the middle of nowhere and start farming.
So, this farm is far older than I am and because it was built by someone who lived through the Great Depression they saved every bit of frass, trash, junk, and scrap you can imagine. And now there is three generations worth of this "stuff".
So here's what I managed to scrape up today
Copper weatherstripping, drill press, Industrial wall-molding samples, fishing tackle box, couple of random tools, 2 jars Springs, copper and brass pipe fittings, hinges, Navigational Compass, Curtain rod hangers, washers, more copper weatherstripping, architect drafting tools and pencils, 2 flashlights, air pistol ( 1930s vintage from what I can tell), oh and that cat there on the right side.
I'm only half kidding I didn't get him today but he is from the farm his name is Oliver Underfoot (I think you can guess how he got that name) (Darn camera changed his eye color.)
That green velvet case... Yeaaa I have no idea what those things are... they appear to be some kind of compass I'm pretty sure it has something to do with draftsmanship/architectural drawings I just have no idea how it's supposed to be used. one of them holds lead the other one is a sharp pin for keeping in place. But they're not joined....