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Monday, April 25, 2011


Strangely enough, my wife and I had never been to a Sci-Fi convention before. So, this weekend for our anniversary, we changed that! We had a great time creating our costumes, attending the event and getting to meet some very nice & interesting people. The individual photos of Jen and I were taken by the amazing Jessica Bjorn of Bakan Photography and all of the images from the convention were taken by Jennifer Owen.

To start with, our costumes :)
 Jen designed her costume and I constructed everything except the flower. The light over her left shoulder is an old rail-road lantern from the 1940's or 50's that was mounted to an articulated lamp-arm. The flower on her hat was made from pieces of a vegetable steamer and the head of an old salt shaker. The object she is holding is an extremely brilliant idea of her's. It is a camera cover that is made from a stove-top burner cover as well as an older steamer basket. The basket creates the impression of an iris, so that her camera appears to be some sort of strange metallic eye.
Her left shoulder is covered by a leather shoulder-plate constructed from an old belt and nylon strapping. Her gloves are made from a 4 in 1 chainmaile backing & the wrist-plates are made from old shoe-stretchers! It was fun to get to experience all of her ideas and then work to build them for her :)
Ahhh.. dandelions in springtime! I designed and built/augmented all of the components of my costume (excluding the clothes underneath, of course.) On my left arm is a lamellar bracer laced together with elastic cord for a good fit. In this image you can also see my helmut, which I made by taking an aviator's cap and adding plates from a steamer basket and an aventail made from 4 in 1 chainmaile.
Also on my left arm is a retro-future themed shoulder-plate that I made which is currently available on my Etsy page. It's held onto the body with a harness made from belts and the individual plates were fabricated from an old filing cabinet. On my right arm is my mechanical hand in its finished form!
Now that the convention is over, this hand is now available for sale here. Details about this hand can be found in this previous post.

The following are some of my favorite images from the convention. They are up on my Facebook page as well... so if you see yourself in any of the pictures, let me know and I'll tag you!

1 comment:

  1. That was so fun. I cant wait to design more crazy things with you! We are going to be the coolest grandparents EVER! :D