Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Featured Teapot Racer: "Ironically Iron Man"

"Ironically Iron Man" was driven by Brigston Wright on September 2nd, 2017 at Big River Steampunk Festival. This was his first time competing in a teapot race.

Early in this race, Iron Man suffered from some audience interference.

These little stunt cars do not steer well and they often tilt backwards and stay that way, but they are fun to watch as they spin all around.

Brigston took it all in stride. He never became worried or upset when his vehicle didn't behave the way it was supposed to. When he realized he was running out of time, he found his own path to the finish line.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Featured Teapot Racer: Bomb-Omb

Bomb-Omb was one of the post popular conversation starters with people passing the Splendid Teapot Racing registration table on Sept. 2, 2017 in Hannibal, Missouri.

This was Thomas Benson's second year competing in the Splendid Teapot Races at Big River Steampunk Festival. He does an awesome job of matching his racer to his costume and hamming it up for the audience, but this year, he forgot a vital element. This is not a teapot. The addition of a spout would have made all the difference.

Just incase he ever decides to re-use the Wario costume and this vehicle again, I found a great idea of where the spout can go without spoiling the integrity of the design. This is a real pair of ceramic teapots created by Deviantart.com user ChocolateFrizz89. The fuse is the spout.

Good showmanship makes up for many faults. The audience really loved watching Wario and his remote controlled bomb.

If you would like to follow Thomas' further adventures, you can subscribe to his YouTube channel, Nerd Buffet

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Featured Teapot Racer: "Deadbolt"

"Deadbolt", created and driven by Jacon Williams was the winner of the Splendid Teapot Racing Grand Champion ribbon on Sept. 3, 2017 at Big River Steampunk Festival in Hannibal, Missouri.

A couple points were deducted from "Deadbolt's" over-all score for exceeding the size limit. We had three over-sized teapot racers, so I scheduled them to race last on Sunday, so that any damage done to the course would not affect other racers.

Besides the points deducted for size, the only other deduction was for "quality of bribe" (there had been none). In every other category, Jacon Williams received full marks.

Every teapot racer brings a unique style and personality to the competition. "Deadbolt" may not have been the most elaborately decorated racer, but it won the hearts of the judges with its amazing maneuverability and happy enthusiasm. "Deadbolt" danced and bounced through the course, and even attempted a couple flips, entertaining everyone.

Points were not deducted for falling off the "Ramp of Doom", because the railing had been damaged by the over-sized vehicle that came right before him.

This is such a fun race to watch!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Teapot Tuesday Featured Teapot Racer: Tealek

First time teapot racer, Baron Von Spear of Prussia created and drove this Dalek themed teapot racer at Renninger's Steampunk Industrial Show on Oct. 21, 2017.

Presenting the racer and then the bribes to the judges:

A lot of work and creativity went into creating Tealek, but since it was based on the evil Daleks from Dr. Who, it was not surprising that it was hard to control and exterminated a couple teacups.

Tealek did finish the course in a respectable 2 minutes and 29 seconds and was awarded 10 out of 10 points for "overall look of the vehicle" by the judges.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Steampunk Christmas Candles

I saw this tutorial for decorated candles at Halloween, but I only just got around to trying it:

I did follow the directions from the tutorial for three of my Christmas candles, but I also tried using rubber stamps directly on the tissue paper for two candles and they worked just as well.

The candles I used were a $10 set from Ikea.

These are the two that were made from rubber stamp designs:

Free clip art found online:

My husband's original artwork, printed onto white tissue paper:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Featured Teapot Racer: Lucy Deux

This is "Lucy Deux"

I was excited when the Hamilton family showed up with a teapot racer at the Renninger's Steampunk Industrial Show in Mount Dora. They are very memorable as the only people to build a teapot racer while sitting next to the registration table, just before a race. They hadn't even owned a remote controlled vehicle when they first stopped by the registration table that day, but went out and bought one, so they could compete. The resulting racer was "Last Minute Lucy".

This year, they came prepared to race with this cute fairy themed racer and fairy jars that flashed different colors, as judges' bribes.

Jeff Hamilton does the driving, but it's easy to see that this is a project that involves the whole family.

The Hamiltons received full marks for showmanship and the quality of the judges' bribes, but lost a couple points on negotiating the hazards of the obstacle course.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Featured Teapot Racer: Astor Burner

"Astor Burner" was built and driven by Tristan Van Cise. This young man was present at the very first Splendid Teapot Race, to watch his mother race, but this was his first time with a vehicle of his own.

Judges' bribes don't have to be physical things. They can be poems, compliments, songs, dances, or jokes. Tristan gave the judges the gift of laughter.

The judges' bribe joke:

"One day the Engineer pulled into the station. He went into the station and when he came out the train was gone! He turned to a train yard worker, where did the train go? The worker didn't know. The engineer asked several other people getting angrier and angrier that he couldn't find the train. Walked around another train that had pulled in while he was inside the station and there was his train. It had been there all along and he got STEAMED over nothing."

His bribe received the maximum possible points from both judges.

Winner of the "Most Splendid First Time Contestant" ribbon.

Crafty Crow