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Steampunk Boots

Greetings SteamFolk!

My wife has decided to go to DragonCon this year (our first visit) as a steampunk mechanic. It all started with purchasing handmade goggles at a local sci-fi/fantasy con. Coveralls that looked right were the hardest thing to find locally. Basic field boots were procured from a local army surplus store.

With these pieces making the foundation of the costume, I started modifying.

Boots were first.


I took a sheet of copper and hammered it to the shape of the toe.


I wasn't happy with the bare edges so I used a straight piece of copper to make a more convincing edge. Then it was time to rivet. I drilled holes for the rivet posts but the holes weren't that evenly spaced apart or from the edge. I got one rivet in when I thought of just gluing the rivet heads in place. That worked like a charm. Luckily I was able to cover the poorly placed holes with rivet heads.


The wife had the excellent idea to paint the round pieces right next to each lace anchor with copper paint to make them look like rivets.


Here's the boot so far...


I'll try to document the entire process for the community as it goes along. More later when I get more supplies.

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bigbad88
Jul. 6th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Those are pretty nifty.
nostrapotomus
Jul. 6th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, those are looking pretty neat. I might have to play around with your methods when you've finished.
penwiper337
Jul. 6th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Spiffy beginning! I look forward to seeing the whole shebang at D*Con.
clarisse_montag
Jul. 6th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
I love the look of these!
what a wonderful mod!
arklan
Jul. 6th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
very nice. can't wait to see more.
piraterogue
Jul. 6th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
Those boots looks great. I will be at DragonCon as a steampunk Mechanic at least one day. I have been having difficulty convinceing myself to spend anouther $150 for the steamy boots I have seen but this gives me many ideas.

By the by you already have a good way done on an "instructable" you might think about writing one up when you get them done. http://www.instructables.com/

lizreay
Jul. 6th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
If you acquire yourself a burnisher (a la http://www.fdjtool.com/category.aspx?categoryID=954 ), you could smooth the metal down to be more flush against the toe of the boot and get rid of some of the crinkles. Looks fantastic, though! What a great idea.
stormsdotter
Jul. 7th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
I work in leather, and it took me a while to get the knack of placing holes evenly down pat. My "cheat" is Masking Tape. I work on flat surfaces, so it's easy to pit the tape over the leather and make a line 1/4" from the edge with evenly spaced marks 1/2" apart on my line. For your project, I'd suggest putting the masking tape flat on a cutting mat, marking it, and then peeling it up to re-stick on the boot. Or maybe I should say, "For your next project...."

I like the way this is coming out, it's very simple and very effective! I can't wait to see the finished boot!
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