Step 5: Accessories
I had some black fashion doll ankle boots that probably would have been fine, but it wasn’t the look what I wanted. I did use the boots, though, as the base. The upper was cut using the boot making pattern from http://www.dolls-n-daggers.com/Dolls/OOAKliale.php#MakeHer . I just glued the cover over the boot with 1 oz. black leather after adding patina’d brass 1/16″ eyelets to each side and used 3 strands of topstitch thread for lacing.
The top hat is using Tom Banwell’s pattern, again. I really like this pattern; it works well at the small scales. http://tombanwell.blogspot.com/2010/01/steampunk-leather-top-hat-tutorial.html
I actually made 3 hats. The first two were made from leather that was too thick. The one I used was made from 1 oz. leather. I didn’t want the eyelets on the darts, though; they’re just handsewn. Needles made for leather make the job a lot easier. I added a length of antiqued copper chain around the crown to finish it off.
Her gauntlets are made from trim I dyed with alcohol ink. Pearls are sewn at the base.
The earrings are tiny watch gears with stems I pushed into the holes that were in her ears already.
Her shrug needed a closure so I glued a couple of gears together, sewed together the collar and glued on the “brooch”.
I made a muslin pattern for the goggles. Once they were how I liked them, I cut them out of the 1 oz. leather, but a hole each side where she can see out. Some acetate was glued to one side of each of 2 brass jumprings. These are the lenses. The lenses were pushed thru, gently, from the inside of the goggles so that the brass was showing, and glued in. Since I didn’t have a small buckle, I made one from wire. The lenses are centered over her eye; she can “see” out of the goggles.
She’s an aviator, she needed a compass and an altimeter. The compass is a small compass from Alpha Stamps (http://www.alphastamps.com/p12513/Small_Compasses/product_info.html?osCsid=488c02fab12919542978b2477f6cfb88) that works. It is covered with leather and a loop made to attach to her waist. The altimeter is an image I picked off google images. I used a brass fitting for the casing. Judikin’s Diamond Glaze made the “glass” and it was attached to a wire bracelet for her forearm.
Using one of Tim Holtz’ swivel clasps, I added a little decorative bead, the compass and the goggles to the belt of the flying machine.