Toy Goggles!

I’ve been through several toy goggle prototypes. I’ve discussed ideas with Amelia (of Airship Isabella), with our own crewmates, and with co-workers who aren’t involved in steam. With all the great ideas and suggestions and experimentation, we still hadn’t settled on how to make them. When we discovered Amazing Putty Mold and Resin Casting on our own, we finally found a winner!

We started using the mold and resin for cameos, buttons, and other projects, and then we thought “why not the goggles?” At first, we were going to make a mold of a plastic bottle cap that had a hole drilled out of the top to use as the “cap”, then use vinyl to make the rest of the goggle piece. However, my first officer had a better idea. He suggested that I make the goggles out of clay as one whole piece. I make a lot of clay trinkets and little models, so sure, why not goggles too? I took one of our unmodded goggles to use for reference and made some small clay goggles out of clay. Then the mold making was a whole new experiment. It took a chunk of wasted putty, and several bad molds before we figured out a better way to make the mold. It’s hard to explain, but how you fashion the mold takes some practice sometimes. But we did it! We found something that works, that we really like.

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I made three sizes from small to teeny. We will only be selling the standard small size, but can take custom orders. After the mold was made, it was about 20 minutes of waiting for the resin to set in the mold, then I painted the top part with rub-n-buff, and then wrapped the rest in fabric. I wrap them much in the same way that we wrap the real goggles, but I don’t use leather and I use superglue (and tacky glue). I made the straps out of a combination of the fabric and elastic.

As you can see in the photo below, we went with a flat top instead of the lens-like top. It was easier to make the mold if we left the top open which resulted in a flat surface. It still looked good, so we stuck with it. I might make improvements later on down the road.

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Niji the Radical Cat assisted me in modeling the mostly finished goggles. I bought Niji from Radical Works, and she happens to look good in our new goggles! I didn’t close the goggles off with the elastic yet, because I think it’s better to do that when they are bought. That way the person who bought it can have it measured according to the toy they want to put them on. I figure, you can either put them on toys you buy from us, or toys you buy from someone else! In fact, if you don’t want to use elastic, you can fashion the end of the goggles with more fabric, with velcro, buckles or buttons, or whatever you want to do with your new goggles!

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Cyphacon Review

We always tend to enjoy ourselves at every convention we go to, and we have a special place for small cons. Small conventions are more personal and easy going. Cyphacon was held in Lake Charles, LA  where I (Cpt. Coppertop) was born and raised. That made it a little more special. I got to visit with some of my family, see familiar sights, and eat some good cajun food that I grew up on!

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See more Lake Charles photos on our facebook.

The convention was so nice and the con staff were very helpful. It was an easy going event, despite having a very busy weekend! We splurged a little bit, buying some items from some of the vendors, such as the two Firefly oriented cd’s from the Bedlam Bards, a pochi (Japanese purse), a koneko (little kitty), and bigger maneki neko (cat) from the asian vendor (I apologize, but we don’t know what their name was), Tezuka fanart, and more! Not many people (that I’ve met in the anime community) remember Osamu Tezuka’s works. Disney played the english dubbed version of Unico in the US when I was a little girl. I also remember watching The Lion King for the first time in the 90’s and it was basically Kimba the White Lion (also known as Jungle Emperor Leo)! Unico was my first ever anime, so I was stoked to see the fanart!

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I also bought one of Amelia’s hand knitted kitties (Radical Works), whom I have named Niji (Japanese meaning rainbow). Later at home, I sewed her on some pearl eyes and a cute little pink nose!

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They had a lot of great costumes. Fans always come up with great cosplay and ideas. My favorites that weekend were the dancing Orion slave girls (Star Trek). These ladies are some nerdy and talented lovelies!

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See more Cyphacon photos and videos on our facebook.

After Cyphacon, we went to New Orleans, LA and had a blast! We drank on Bourbon St, strolled the french quarter and open-air market, visited Airship Isabella at their new shop, and visited the Audubon Aquarium. We love Louisiana… it’s my home at heart!

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See more photos of New Orleans and the Aquarium, and videos on our facebook!

Rest In Peace: Richard LeParmentier

Richard LeParmentier, the actor who played Admiral Motti in Star Wars (the first character to ever be force choked by Darth Vader), passed away yesterday (April 15th – Read the news on Nerdzy.com). We had just seen him at Planet Comicon the weekend of April 6th. It’s sad to see some of our childhood greats leaving us. We give our love to his family and fans.

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Photos taken at Arklatex on 08-18-12 by Cpt. Coppertop

Celebrating 2 years!

Two years ago today, Airship Horizons was formed. A small group of us got together to form a crew of characters for a LARP being ran at the Oklahoma Steampunk Expo by our wonderful friend Jim Trent. 

That weekend we met Airship Isabella, Cherie Priest, James Agin and Jeremiah Ender who all inspired us to explore this wonderful community and gave us the idea to form a state Steampunk Group (COGS). 

We now travel the Southern USA going to conventions, selling our creations and exposing people to Steampunk by speaking in Panels and meeting new people! We’ve been given an amazing opportunity to expand and grow as a group, including some truly amazing people within our crew. 

As our Ship is named, we are always seeking new Horizons. We have a clear vision of what our future holds. 

Thank you, everyone for your support! 

Planet Comicon Review

We had a blast at Planet Comicon! We got to meet some celebrities and a few of them signed 1st Officer Reinier’s rifle. We got signatures from Yaya Han, Adam Baldwin, Wil Wheaton, and Capt’n. Black.

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As always, we enjoyed meeting the fans too! We had a full room of guests at our “Steampunk For Beginners” panel. We invited crew from Airship Vindus to join us for the panel and they seemed to enjoy themselves too. We love running into fellow Airships and it’s nice to be able to collaborate with others of our community. The fans really enjoyed the panel, and they give us a much appreciated applause.

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Panel Photos by Layla Anders of Airship Vindus

There were lots of fantastic costumes from Star Wars, Star trek, Doctor Who, Predator, Iron Man and many other superheroes (and villains), to Skeksis from The Dark Crystal and Steampunk. We took a bunch of pictures, but not nearly as many as we wanted to! There were amazing costumes that I wish we could have gotten photos of. There was even the Delorean from Back To The Future! Like we always say, we love meeting people and it was great having people stop by to chat and show off their costumes.

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We had some fun with the Jail Bail on the last day, so most of us were no longer in costume by the end of the day. It’s always nice to help with charities, so we always make time for it if someone puts up the money for an Imperial arrest. It also gives us a short break from the vending table!

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On our way home, we got stuck in Emporia KS, when the car “jump time”. That’s what they call it when the timing belt breaks and it feels like the car has jumped. The car rapidly lost momentum and then when it stopped on the side of the road, it was dead. Unfortunately, the car had to be junked and we rented a car back home. Good old Red has been a loyal car and we’ve been to so many conventions with her. It was a shame to see her go, but on the bright side, we made it home safely and the new car has more room and is a more comfortable ride!

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Tesla Tea Party

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We were vendors at the Tesla Tea Party in Tulsa OK, hosted by Felicia Baker. We had a lot of fun, especially with the guests. We enjoyed chatting with all the guests who dropped by the table. We also got to enjoy performances by Addisyn Madd, who very humorously posed with our Big Squid! It’s becoming rather a tradition to get photos taken with our squid and people seemed to enjoy it as much as we did. The event also provided a yummy table of finger foods. We certainly appreciated the noms (the Captain’s favorite was the egg salad sammiches)!
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The venue was held at the Jazz Hall of Fame (a former train station), and it was quaint. We were told there is a lot more that hasn’t been restored yet; but what was there was interesting. They had pictures on the walls and displays set up that were very nice. I hope to visit again once they have more done. It reminded me of my original home in Louisiana.
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Yep, our little mascot Toki was there too!
t was a small event, but we did well and had fun. We had our photo taken by Barry Lenard, we posed with a mad hatter,  we sang, we laughed, we danced, we played with a monkey marionette, took fun photos, recorded a few videos, and even stood in the center of the universe. Check out facebook for all of it. Thank you Marcus (Carnival Epsilon) for inviting us and we hope to do this again sometime!
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Photo taken by Barry Lenard:
Cpt. Coderre (ASV), 1st. Alice Copperland (ASV), Cpt. Cheshire Coppertop, 1st Renier, and Deadlance.