Pirate Boots

I am cheap. I would love to have a real pair of pirate boots, but just can’t justify spending the money for a pair that I’ll only wear a few times a year.

I do already own a pair of cowboy boots and with decent boot covers they would work. The problem, of course, is finding decent boot covers.

Several years ago my wife had one of those “pleather” jackets that was on it’s last leg. She was going to throw it out when I realized the sleeves would make great boot covers.

If you need boot covers you can hit you local thrift store and take you pick of “pleather” pants, jackets, or whatever to make boot covers with. The’ll probably cost you less than  $10 and look better than anything you’ll find at a costume shop. Here are my boots:

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It’s all about the hat

I needed a new hat. My previous hat was a conversion from a cowboy hat I bought at Wal-mart several years ago for about $15. The price was right, but the brim was really just to small to look right as a pirate hat.

I wanted to stick with something as inexpensive as possible and I found hat blanks for $24 at Jas Townsend & Son.

I used a portable steam iron to crease the hat in the style I wanted then added a button and a feather to finish it out.

Pirate Pistol Redux

This post is a follow up to Pirate Pistols.

I finally had time to go back and re-finish the ‘wooden’ parts of these plastic pistols. I used the technique in TribalDancer‘s steampunk pirate gun mod on Instructables.com. With this particular pistol I only re-finish the ‘wooden’ part because the ‘metal’ part already looked pretty decent.

I did this on my back porch, at night, with almost no light. It was nearly impossible to really see what I was doing and I had to go inside between layers to try to get an idea of how it was looking. Not quite up to my usual exacting standards but here is the result before and after:

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Pirate Pistols

If you are looking for pirate pistols to make your pirate costume complete, you have several options.

  1. Buy actual black powder pistols or accurate reproductions. The issue for me with this option (although I do have one reproduction flintlock) is cost and weight. For some this option is just too expensive and for others the reality of traipsing around the faire (or whatever your event is) with several extra pounds of steel and wood shoved into the front of your trousers just isn’t very pleasant.
  2. Buy cheap crap that looks terrible. The issue here is…nevermind.
  3. Buy something inexpensive that can be transformed into something that looks good.

I took the 3rd approach with this pistol:

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I started with a very inexpensive plastic flintlock from a store called Savers (it’s a thrift store) at Halloween. I always hit the thrift and costume stores around Halloween looking for anything new that is inexpensive and can be used as (or converted to) a decent prop, accessory, or costume.

In the second picture I have sawed off the flared end because I prefer the straight barrel look. The third picture shows the end of the barrel with a piece of black leather hot-glued inside the end.

The next step is to re-finish it using the technique in TribalDancer‘s steampunk pirate gun mod on Instructables.com. With this particular pistol I will likely only refinish the ‘wood’ part because the ‘metal’ part already looks pretty decent.

Once that’s done it will look pretty decent, be very light-weight, and the plastic pistol itself was under $4.00.

UPDATE: See the follow up post here – Pirate Pistol Redux

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