Every year my gang of costumers and I go to SteamCon here in Seattle. This year’s theme was “Wild Whacky West”, so I decided to make my own steampunk sherrif costume. The first bit that I made was a steam gauge gauntlet.
This project was completely from scratch using leather and plastic PVC Foam. Both pieces were cut out from a design that I came up with. The plastic was bent to the contour that would go over my forearm.
I added round platforms on the plastic base for the eventual location of the gauges. The seams were filled in with magic sculpt.
The actual gauges are just paper printed from my inkjet. The paper was epoxied under the acrylic. The needles don’t move, but it was a cheap and easy way to sell the look. The plastic bits were painted with copper model paint.
A battery case, LEDs and a switch were added to the underside of the gauntlet and a leather glove was sewn to the front of it.
Finally, here is the completed piece! Check out my flickr page for more shots of the build.
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