Thursday, June 20, 2013

New Steampunk Creations

In a recent Ink Magazine interview for Maker Faire 2013 I was asked to describe Steampunkers and this is what I said. "Steampunk is a retro-futuristic re-imagining of the Victorian area.  The genre borrows from every world wide culture of the time depending on the need and desire.  Victorian atheistic is still in fashion, but modified of course.  Corsets are not hidden, and skirts are allowed to not only reveal ankles, but knees as well!  Hats never went out of style. Goggles are useful for open cab motor vehicles, airships, or laboratory experiments, and this is why you see many of us wearing them on our hats or heads.   Coal is still very much the main fuel source burned to produce steam (where we get the Steam in Steampunk), but with fantasy there can still be alternative fuels like aether.  Jules Vern and H.G Wells are big influences on the genre as well, but there are many modern Steampunk writers exerting there own influence.  However, by and large, Steampunkers are a culture of people who make stuff.  We make our gear, we invent gadgets, we ask "what if" a lot and then try to make it happen, we make stories and we try to bring those stories to life in one way or another, we make art, and we have so much fun doing it."

Here's a few of my new pieces to see more!

Maker Faire Kansas City 2013 Steampunk Style

First up, Airship Noir will once again be at Maker Faire at the Kansas City Union Station!  This year we will be teaching you how to acid etch flattened pennies using the The Edinburgh Etch (© F.K. 1997) Method, which is suitable for copper, brass, and steel.  It consists of a specific solution of ferric chloride with the addition of citric acid as a chelating agent or catalyst.  Also, we'll be showing just how easy it is to electroplate copper onto another metal.  

Several of us had a photo shoot for Ink Magazine for a spread called "Meet the Makers" - that should be out soon.  Photos from the same shoot will also run in The Kansas City Star closer to the Faire.  I'm in those photos too!

Just finished a 60 second radio commercial for Maker Faire this morning.  It'll air Tuesday on Mix 93.3 sometime between 7 and 9 am.  One of my crew-mates just finished his that airs on Monday!

I'll be teaching my Airship crew all about acid etching this Sunday at one of our Build Days.  I love making stuff!

Saturday June 29th 10 am - 6 pm

Sunay June 30th 10 am - 5 pm