steampunk. What is steampunk, you ask? Well, to put it simply, it's a sort of alternate history where in Victorian times, more focus was put on developing steam technology. So you can have this Victorian gentleman with a steam-powered robot manservant. Or a soldier who lost his leg and had it replaced with a clockwork prosthetic.
Steampunk started out in literature. It's not really quite a genre, but more of a setting. Most steampunk novels are set in Victorian times, but they can also be set in the future, provided it's a future where technological developments focused on steam and clockwork, rather than electronics (or where they've reverted to those technologies, for whatever reason). Jules Verne can really be considered the father of steampunk, although for the time it was more of a possible future rather than an alternate one.
The idea of steampunk is captivating. The romance and elegance of Victorian times combined with technology that equals or even surpasses our own, wrapped in copper and brass and clockwork gears. Today, steampunk has gotten so popular that there's conventions and music, and even a style of dress.
- 1 sheet felt (I got this really cool embossed felt from Michaels, but plain felt works as well)
- White or school glue (Elmer's)
- Tacky or fabric glue
- Embellishments of your choice
- Optional: depending on your embellishments, you may need hot glue.
Step 2: Stiffening the felt
Some of the dye may bleed when you add the felt to the glue mixture. This is fine, but something to keep in mind if you're doing multiple colors.
The two ends should stick together well enough if you press them together, but if not, use a paper clip to hold them in place.
Step 3: Assembling
You may have found that the felt shrunk while drying. If the smaller circle is too small to fit, re-cut it (you should have more than enough felt, still), add to the glue/water mixture, and let dry about an hour. Because it's small, it dries fast, and it doesn't have to be completely dry when you add it to the hat.
Step 4: Embellishments
Add your embellishments. For this hat I used a sparkly silver bird (from a packet of scrapbooking supplies-- there are a whole slew of different shapes in three different colors), and some feathers. I had to hot glue the feathers on, and I really should have moved them a little farther forward, because the bird kind of gets hidden by the brim.
To wear, you can attach elastic or glue the hat to a headband or hair clip
Say hello to today's model: Roebert. Because when you have a clockwork dog, you use him to model steampunk hats.
And his name isn't a typo. He's not Robert. He's Roebert.