How to make a simple steampunk gun for an awesome dance!

Some lovely friends of mine run a steampunk festival in Dorrigo, NSW. Previously I have performed at it and this year I brought a few other dancers to join me. Despite battling nasty coughs, we all had a marvellous time doing some fusion dance pieces. We steampunked our costumes a bit (this year had a gypsy theme) and decided to add a steampunk touch to a shaabi dance with some guns worn on our thighs… we then did a bit of a Charlie’s Angels thing. It got some giggles 😉

Anyway, it was a new years resolution of mine to get better at using video. I am still a way off yet but here is my first attempt at a ‘how to’ video. It is instructions on a super easy steampunk for a cap gun to make something suitable for a dance performance. I had to make 4 guns and (surprisingly) for such a simple concept there was a bit of trial and error before I got a good effect, so I thought I would share the knowledge to save anyone else doing the same thing some time.

4 dancers at steampunked gypsy night

Before performance pose 😉 photo by Evonne Clough

The main learning points were:-

  • Make sure your metallic paint is metallic !!
  • Undercoat in an opaque light colour before using silver and gold acrylic (could be white, cream, or whatever you have handy).
  • I made some fake cogs to save money and show you how to do it in the video.
  • Beware of modern watches!
  • Superglue is not strong enough for cap guns but I found something that works.

If you found the video useful, please like and share.

Have you ever made a how to video? Or maybe danced for a steampunk event? Please tell me about it below.

Belly Dance Scholarship Alert!

It has come to my attention that there is a FULL SCHOLARSHIP for one dancer (value $490AUD) available at this years wild honey festival in Byron Bay, NSW, Australia.Belly dance festival

Wild Honey Events is thrilled to present:


9 – 13 August

Byron Bay, NSW

belly dance tribal fusion

Jill Parker will be presenting at this years wild honey event.

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Olivia Kissel – teaching in Byron.

You could train with these lovely ladies for free – all you have to do is have the guts to apply!!

But be quick, there is only a few days left to throw your hat into the ring and see if you can win access to the whole workshop series!

Last year I was very lucky to be awarded a gold scholarship to attend the Western Australian Middle Eastern Dance Festival (WAMED). Without it I would never have been able to attend and I am sooo grateful. I loved the workshops and grew so much as a dancer.

I am not associated with the wild honey festival in any way but would love to encourage dancers to apply for the scholarship (particularly if tribal / tribal fusion is your thing). You have to be in it to win it and you never know it could be you.  The scholarship is for a dancer who is disadvantaged and does not have access to training due to financial and/or geographical restrictions. If you do not have all the required paperwork eg tax assessment notice, you may still apply IF you have other documentation to prove your income.

Deadline May 3rd, 2013

There is a scholarship worth $490 available for the whole workshop series – please email Belinda for more details.

Belinda m: 0420 398590

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Performing Bellynesian at WAMED 2012 thanks to winning a gold scholarship. Photo used with permission of photographer Wayne Eddy.

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