Deadlance Steamworks

Oklahoma, United States · 309 Sales


Deadlance Steamworks

Oklahoma, United States 309 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner We are not currently taking orders. Sorry for the delay.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Apr 13, 2016

We are not currently taking orders. Sorry for the delay.

John LeVan

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John LeVan


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

nanileehang on May 2, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

The product arrived slightly earlier than expected, which is fantastic. The quality of the product was great and was exactly what I was looking for. I would definitely recommend this product to others!


Xathras on Apr 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Sehr schöne Verarbeitung des Produktes. Optisch Top und definitiv ein Hingucker bei jeder Runde. Wie es sich für eine Deckbox gehört passen auch die Karten rein und es ist genug Platz für Würfel und Schadensmarker oder was auch immer man hinein packen möchte. Es ist größer als erwartet und auf dem Bild ersichtlich, was ich aber positiv anerkenne. Aufgrund der Handarbeit und des langen Versandweges (USA-Deutschland) sind beinahe zwei Monate gerechtfertigt! Das einzig negative für mich ist, dass das Zelda-Symbol auf dem Deckel im Vergleich zur Boxgröße kleiner ausgefallen ist und nicht den gesamten Deckel überspannt. Da das aber mehr persönlicher Geschmack ist, ändert das nichts an meiner Bewertung! 5 Sterne

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lalmoslino on Mar 11, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful craftsmanship! Needed it sooner for a gift. It arrived earlier than promised.

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Once upon a Cog

I was asked by a friend, "Will you help me make a halloween costume?" She then went on to enlighten me how creative and crafty of a person I am, in hopes of convincing me to undertake the laborious task of hand making her a fairy outfit. My response back to her was "Sure, I'll help you, but fairies are kind of wimpy. We need to do something with a bit more ... grit..." and then began our search for ideas on what to do. After a few days of deliberating, we decided that a steampunk fairy was the way to go. She could have her delicate little fairy, and I could have my grit. Here's where it gets a little crazy....

I've never sewn before. I didn't take home economics. My mother sews, but only on occasion, and I can remember no time in my life where anyone really made anything significant using a sewing machine. I am however, adventurous and had a little money to throw around, so I decided to go to Walmart and purchase a really cheap Brother sewing machine for around $85. I did myself a little research on how to use the machine and pattern making. After a solid week, I had hand crafted a custom underbust corset, using a pattern I had made myself, made of cheap upholstery leather. It was lined with duck cloth and was fully boned using steel bones. I used eyelets in the front and back adjustable and tied it together with some gold cord. Success! The corset looked amazing.

I spent the next few weeks working on a set of foam board wings. I made myself a stencil and cut out 4 pieces of foam board with cogs, gears, and sprockets to make 2 wings. Each wing was 2 pieces of foam board with a piece of sheer cloth glued in between them, with bias tape glued around the outside edges. I had made clockwork wings, complete with a music box style key.

In the end, her costume was a hit. It took a few weeks to make, but didn't really cost all that much. The leather I used was really poor quality, but worked great for that project. It caused me great frustration however. I wanted to make things of much higher quality and durability. This is when I found Tandy Leather Factory. I went and purchased some vegetable tanned leather and a couple of small tools, went home, and started crafting. After just a month, I had made my first gauntlet, followed a month or so later by my first heavy leather corset. This whole thing has steamrolled into the shop I have today. I make things I enjoy making, and sell them to those that want them. I take the most difficult and intricate commissions in order to push myself to learn new things. Today, I do this as an extremely overactive hobby and love it wholeheartedly.

I love making things that people can enjoy and use. I am constantly doing everything I can to push myself and my artwork to the next level. My name is John and I am a steampunk leatherworking engineering artist.

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  • John LeVan

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Manufacturing, Photography, Shipping, Packaging, Design, Implementation, Nerd, Guru

    This is me and my hobby. I do this for the love of making interesting pieces of artwork that hopefully other's enjoy.

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Last updated on February 26, 2014
Welcome to the Deadlance Steamworks online shop! We're glad you've come to visit and hope you have a pleasant experience.

Our goal is to make something that you will happy, not just satisfied with.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Complete payment is due before we will begin work on custom pieces.
I ship USPS, FedEx, or UPS, whichever offers the best insurance, tracking, and pricing for the items you are purchasing.
Refunds and Exchanges
I do NOT accept returns or refund requests.