steampunk decorations

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So, a few days ago, I was doing returns in the home improvement store that I work in and saw a really cool light fixture hanging in the electrical department. The fixture had a old-timey bulb and a cage shaped for it. I immediately tried to think of what I could make with the fixture.

The next day, a man came through my line bragging about how he makes all of his furniture out of blackpipe. I thought it was a fun enough idea so I decided to give it a go for myself. I found a really nice example online that I could tweak to incorporate the cage, and then went ahead and bought everything I’d need. 2 days and 60 bucks later, I have a new lamp c:

Who remembers those awesome steampunk boots from yesterday’s post?  Pretty cool, eh?

Instead of a fashion post, Alice is going to show you guys another easy-to-do tutorial.

How to make INSTANT Steampunk boots (no sewing required!)

What you need:

  • A pair of cute Edwardian/Victorian-looking boots
  • Fabric glue
  • Toothpicks
  • Vintage-looking buttons
  • Anything else cool you want to add on (I got myself some scrapbook clocks)
  • A good cup of tea in a geeky cup of your choice

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Step 1: select the buttons/stick-ons you want to use on your boots and then position them in the areas of your choice.  I personally chose to put them on the ankles of my boots. You can put them where ever you want!

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To add some creative flair, I made each boot’s button/add-on combination different.

Step 2: Take out your glue and begin sticking them on! 

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Make sure the glue you choose dries up clear because things will get messy.

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Step 3: Time to let your boots dry! Depending on your choice of glue, it might take a few hours to dry or even overnight.

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 I recommend leaving your boots to dry overnight just to make sure the glue is securing everything properly.

Step 4: Clean up the excess with a toothpick.

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As you can tell from the image above, not all the glue has dried up clear.  There is a chance this might happen to you too.  The best way to solve this is to use a toothpick and dig out all the white/visible bits of glue.

Toothpicks are great because they can get into the nook and crannies of your boot details.

Step 5: Show them off - LIKE A BOSS!

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There you have it! Your own set INSTANT Steampunk boots.  All you gotta do is put them on and SHOW THEM OFF!

Let us know what your sexy Steampunk boots look like - send us your photos or even suggestions to make this tutorial better!

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The more things change, the more they stay the same

Sir John Soane’s Museum, located in the heart of London at the architect’s former residence, is a beautifully preserved snapshot of 19th century British antiquarianism and collecting. Soane published what could be called an early guidebook to his house and collection in 1835, full of engravings of numerous treasure-filled rooms. The library of the Royal Scottish Academy holds a copy of one of these rare books (only 150 total were printed), made even more special by the fact that Soane himself signed and inscribed it.

It really is amazing to see how little has changed in the museum since the publication of the book- if the ghost of John Soane took to haunting the halls of the museum, I’m sure he would find his favorite artifacts right where he left them!

(L.2016.336 at the RSA library)