Steampunk Hat Phase 1

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I need a steampunk hat to go with my genre costume at the ACFW National Writer’s Conference in Dallas, Texas.

As I explain in the video below, I decided that making a steampunk hat would be less expensive than buying one ready-made from an Etsy store.

I was wrong.

The hat I really wanted was one like this (I adore ships):

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But it was $65.00. So, I thought to myself, I can make one for less. I love all the hats in the ChikiBird shop, so I sort of used them as inspiration.

But guess what? I was so wrong about the price. Not only are feathers and other materials expensive, I don’t know what I’m doing! I probably should have just bought my hat. But since when do I do things the easy way?

Below is a video of phase 1: the materials. And below the video are some first pics. I’ll post the finished product and my entire costume later, so stay tuned!

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More pics to come! What do you think of it so far?

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Comments 5

  1. Love the video! The steampunk look is so awesome, though I don’t think I could ever dress up for a genre night (unless my genre was jeans-wearing-tattooed-biker-who-sits-in-a-corner-avoiding-eye-contact). Way too inhibited…

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      1. Seriously, in small groups of people I know, I do ok. Big groups? Not so much. I’d be happy to stand in front of them and speak, but interact on a social level? My blood pressure’s shooting up just thinking about it.

  2. Tom, next year we’ll all have to dress up. I was going to this year, but the foot surgery nixed the shoes and they were an important part, so next year in Jerusalem!

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