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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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.

Last chance for Australia’s most awesome Middle Eastern Dance and Music Camp!

“99 workshops, 22 teachers and the chance to dance and play music all day and night for 5 nights and 4 days – plus the most delicious food, great people and absolutely stunning surroundings. “
Does it get better than that! ย ๐Ÿ˜‰
The camp is already in full swing but there is still the weekend to go and believe me this camp is worth the effort. If you didn’t book the full camp this year, you could check it out this weekend and know why you should book the whole thing next time around!
Day ticket options give you 3 meals and 1 night accommodation with your ticket for only $185. (All meals (including morning and afternoon teas), accommodation, workshops, concerts, fire-side jamming and unlimited FUN! )


I have only managed to get to this camp once but it was amazing. Unlike most belly dance festivals, you are all in the one spot, same accommodation, same place to eat, etc. That means instead of just a quick ‘hi and bye’ and sharing a few laughs in the workshops, you get to really spend time with your fellow students and teachers. Because of the music element being involved it means that it is not just a big oestrogen fest. I don’t mind girls only events but it is so rare in the belly dance scene that an event has more than a token male, ย I think it is a pleasant change to be able to collaborate with male energy as well.
It’s also one of the very few places you can get Mizmar lessons in Australia!
It’s held at Natural Bridge in Queensland (just over the NSW border) so if you live anywhere within a few hundred kilometres then do yourself a massive favour and go for a drive this weekend. I will give you more notice for the next one dear readers but thought I should let you all know now so you can research up the next one if you don’t live near enough to go have a look.
If you are a dancer that is not from Australia but was thinking of heading over here for whatever reason then this camp s a great choice. You will be able to do so much and there is no need sort out all the logistics – just the transport bit and even lifts from the airports in Brisbane and the gold coast can some times be arranged for you if you book in advance. Everything else is taken care of. I even took my family when I went. My kids had a great time as did I.
All the info can be found on the websiteย
The camp is a not-for-profit community event and run by volunteers – they’re just in it for the smiles!


A tribal dancers dream license plate!

Saw this at the beach and couldn’t help smiling – I wonder if the driver was a belly dancer or had even heard of American Tribal Style?SAMSUNGHave you seen any other drivers licenses that are dance related? Comment below.

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