Plus-Size Steampunk

Maximum Fabulous – Minimum Budget
September 24th, 2013 by Charlotte Babb

Ancient Artificer Secrets

Ancient Artificer Secret Maker Code
Steampunks are practical and sensible folks who have imagination. The artificer secrets, rules, guidelines, values, whatever you want to call them, are listed below.

1. You can do this.

 You will get more notice for making your own stuff, so stand up proud, take a deep breath, and repeat the Maker Code:

    1. It can be done.
    2. I can figure out how to do it.
    3. If I have gumption, there’s no way it will not get done.
      (with apologies to Robert M. Pirsig)

2. Keep it Simple, Steampunk! 

Start simple and work up to an assemblage of stuff that is more than the sum of the parts.

3. Easy Does It.

Remember that whatever you make should be comfortable. No one should suffer for steampunk.

4. Use Good Craftsmanship.

Take a bit more time and make it to last.

5. Be Safe.

Slow and steady is much better than a quick trip to the emergency room. Use your head.

6. Open your mind.

 Think of what that bit of flotsam could be, not what it is.

7. Practice Safe Scrounging.

One woman’s scrounge is another woman’s theft. If you go dumpster-diving or road-side picking, ask first.

8. Remember the Budget.

Don’t buy anything you don’t have a use for in the short term no matter how cheap it is.

9. Some things are worth paying for.

You may want to save up for that one fabulous piece that you can’t easily make. See what you can do on your own.

10. Have fun.

 Get some perspective and have a good time, both making and cosplaying nice with others.


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