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Tutorial: Clockwork Key

As requested! No one stipulated legibility :) This was scribbled down on my lunch break, so it may be a little rough. I put this together 8 months ago!

The whole thing is cheap and simple. This one was made of scraps and things I had sitting around my house. If you are familiar with featherweight's cardboard techniques for cosplay prop creation, this is a terrible terrible imitation of the techniques. I really didn't intend for it to be used more than once, but it was such a really funny and well received thing I kept going with it.

As it is currently designed, it is best made for use in a corset, simply because it slides into the back and is held to the body well and doesn't require cutting special holes into costume bits to accommodate something poking out from your back. Oh, and don't get all ready in your costume and then forget you still need to sit in a car and ride somewhere. Because trying to pull it out all by yourself is really really amusing for other people to watch you do.


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Aug. 5th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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Aug. 6th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
that would be totally awesome, please link me when you figure out how to do this. my girlfriend would love this.
Aug. 5th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks for the tutorial.
Aug. 5th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this! Though I'm loathe to make one and wear it without checking to see if you're wearing yours first.

Though I think that having several wind-up dolls at the same time might not be so bad, I mean, look how many airship captains and mad scientists there are!
Aug. 5th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
I have visions of a clockwork army now..
Aug. 5th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)

I think it'd be fun if we could figure out how to attach one of these to the guys and/or to outfits that don't have a corset involved (no corset, you say? preposterous!)

Maybe mini keys at the back of the neck that could attached to a tie/jabot/neckwear under a folded collar?
Aug. 5th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
Nothing says "steampunk" like a wind-up jabot!
Aug. 6th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
I vaguely remember pictures of the outfit to which you are referring, but I think it would improve your post if you put up a picture of the finished product, and you in the full outfit!
Aug. 6th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
Evening, all
My name is Renee and I'm a new SP-er, but an old hand at making props. I really like your key idea. You can get a mini motor at the AxMan on University & Fry in St. Paul for a few pennies. Or a gross of them for a few bucks.

Hook the terminal ends to the battery (anything from AAA-D, the bigger the battery, the longer the life). If you add in a white or yellow LED, those draw a minisule amount of power adn will poke throuh cardboard nicely.

For something a bit more permanent, if you get a thin sheet of model makers wood, add your wire & hot glue (love the HG) to that then seal the whole shbang with satin finish spray Minwax, you can rub on a bit of blacking and wallah, yer key!

If you make it in parts, put a bit of a drink straw in using a slot in the straw to slide your key handle into then fill the straw w/ HG and seat your motor shaft in it.

I'm really lovin this Steam Punk-dom!
Aug. 6th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
Re: Evening, all
Brilliant advice! Thank you!
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