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***Entries for Theme Contest 29 - Steampunk***
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Posted on Sat Jul 25, 2015 3:57 am || Last edited by lorraine on Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:01 am; edited 2 times in total
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The theme for Contest 29 will be Steampunk. Entries will be accepted for 12 weeks, from now until the end of Friday October 16, 2015. Submit your entries in this thread with pictures and a description. Please start a new post for each entry instead of putting multiple entries in one post.

Be sure to read and follow the rules of the contest listed below. (Seriously, read them, follow them! If you have questions, just ask.) Also, as always, please don't put any pictures in here that aren't actual submissions.

If you plan on entering the contest, let me know in here with an "I'm in". Okay! Ready, Set, Go make something Steampunky!

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Contest Rules
1. Entries must be previously unsubmitted work. Entries must be at least 2/3 maille woven within the time frame of the contest. The remaining 1/3 can be any maille previously woven or any non-maille. Maille consists of any rings, metal or otherwise, or ring substitutes like scales or pop tabs. Non-maille consists of things like beads or wire wraps.

2. You can submit as many entries as you like.

3. Pictures and descriptions of the entry must be submitted to the contest submission thread before the deadline, by hosting the pictures offsite and placing the picture in your post with the Img link. Please don't make us hunt for your entry because it is posted on another site. (In other words, you need to use an image hosting site to place your picture in the entry thread. They are free to use, you just have to register with them to create an account. Some examples of image hosting sites are TinyPic, Photobucket, Flickr, and ImageShack.) Pictures must be a MAXIMUM of 100KB and a MAXIMUM of 800px per side.

4. The submission period for entries generally lasts 12 weeks. After the deadline for contest entries, the contest organizer will create a voting thread with all the entries, to be voted on by the membership. The entire membership may vote, each member having one vote. Polls usually last one week before the winner is declared.

5. The winner of the contest may or may not receive a colored shield by their avatar with a number corresponding to the contest they won. The winner will also be granted automatic inclusion of their suggestion on the list of themes for the next contest.

6. The contest organizer may invalidate any entry. If you have concerns about your or any other entry, please contact the contest organizer with a PM. If the contest organizer deems it necessary, a new thread for public discussion will be opened.

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Posted on Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:56 am
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I'm in!

Really not sure if what I've planned will work out though Coif LoL


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Posted on Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:41 pm
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I feel it necessary to link to this video:
Just glue some [rings] on it (and call it [chainmaille]).


while(!project.isFinished())
project.addRing();
// Maille Code V2.0 T7.1 R5.6 Eo.n Fper MFe.s Wsm Caws G0.8-1.6 I2.4-8.0 Pn Dcdejst Xw1 S07

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Posted on Sat Jul 25, 2015 3:34 pm
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I'm in.

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Posted on Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:40 pm
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I'm in. I have a fragmented piece I plan on doing.

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Posted on Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:12 pm
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TrenchCoatGuy wrote:
I feel it necessary to link to this video:
Just glue some [rings] on it (and call it [chainmaille]).

Oh, that's delightful!

I'm in.


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Posted on Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:50 am
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I'm in, Though the concept confuses me some and can't be held accountable for my entry.

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Posted on Sun Jul 26, 2015 1:08 pm
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djgm wrote:
Though the concept confuses me some and can't be held accountable for my entry.


That video TCG linked to is an amusing start which also explains the base idea, you can also give the Wiki for Steampunk a quick read.

I don't know what I'm gonna try and make at this point, keeping with 2/3 maille as per the rules, is going to be tough.


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Posted on Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:47 pm
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TrenchCoatGuy wrote:
I feel it necessary to link to this video:
Just glue some [rings] on it (and call it [chainmaille]).

*snort*


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Posted on Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:09 am
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I get the period specific idea its just the technological alternate timeline part that leaves me baffled.

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Posted on Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:27 am
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djgm wrote:
I get the period specific idea its just the technological alternate timeline part that leaves me baffled.

A comon premise for Steampunk SF is that Babbage's Difference Engine - the very first computer, made from clockwork - actually worked, thus ushering in a technological revolution. In real history, he couldn't get it to work; if I recall correctly, it was because the precision of the clockwork required was greater than they could manufacture at the time. The London Science Museum built an actual Difference Engine based on Babbage's original design, since we now have the technology to make things that precise.

Hence the obsession with clockwork in Steampunk designs.


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Posted on Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:35 am
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kerravonsen wrote:
djgm wrote:
I get the period specific idea its just the technological alternate timeline part that leaves me baffled.

A comon premise for Steampunk SF is that Babbage's Difference Engine - the very first computer, made from clockwork - actually worked, thus ushering in a technological revolution. In real history, he couldn't get it to work; if I recall correctly, it was because the precision of the clockwork required was greater than they could manufacture at the time. The London Science Museum built an actual Difference Engine based on Babbage's original design, since we now have the technology to make things that precise.

Hence the obsession with clockwork in Steampunk designs.


Electricity is also another big technological change. That development has been... delayed in favor of using mechanical methods (such as steam/clockwork). Integrated circuits don't exist, but it would not be surprising to find "experimental" interesting technologies from the Tesla/Edison time. Zeppelins/airships are also a big thing. Skeleton keys, instead of the normal pin-tumbler locks. Analog instruments instead of digital (including compass for navigation and sundials for clocks). Of course, everyone has their own idea of which technologies changed, but those are the ones I tend to lean towards.

That being said, as it relates to chainmaille, I would expect the most noticeable changes should be the use of bronze/brass instead of aluminum/steel (copper alloys more common due to thermal conductivity for steam machines). As Levi mentioned, it will be difficult to keep the 2/3rds rule while having it distinctly steampunk. I swiftly linked to that amusing video because I fully assume there will be submissions with just gears substituted for rings (with no legitimate use!). They won't get my vote for the winner, but I can't deny that quite a few steampunkers just love putting gears on everything.


while(!project.isFinished())
project.addRing();
// Maille Code V2.0 T7.1 R5.6 Eo.n Fper MFe.s Wsm Caws G0.8-1.6 I2.4-8.0 Pn Dcdejst Xw1 S07

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Posted on Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:25 pm
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This would be a bad point to say I supply chainmaille to the Uk steampunk community and the only other person I know who does, I helped train.

Still the 2/3rds chainmaille rule is worrying the crap out of me as the additions make my designs. Oh well, first finished item up this week and we'll see what the lovely Lorraine has to say about it. Very Happy

( I could be in trouble here)

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Posted on Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:54 pm
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Here are my thoughts about the "2/3rds rule". As long as what you make is mostly chainmaille, as long as you are being honest that you made it for the contest to fit the theme, then I'm fine with it.

In my opinion, the "2/3rds rule" is intentionally vague. This is a chainmaille site and we want to see some cool, different, interesting, new stuff that is chainmaille-related. That's why the contests began. What we don't want to see, is a little bit of chainmaille and a bunch of stuff slapped on just so that it technically meets the theme part of the contest. I'm pretty sure the membership is smart enough to look at an entry and tell whether it meets the etched in sand 2/3rds rule.

tldr: Don't overthink it. Make something chainmaille with a Steampunk theme. Have fun!


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Posted on Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:39 pm
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This would be my first time entering one of these contests, and I'm still such a newbie at maille, but I'd like to give it a shot!

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