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!





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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