Chrononaut Mercantile

Chrononaut Coat July 11, 2016 16:40 2 Comments

We learned today that a company in India has copied our pirate coat and is selling it to other vendors as the "Chrononaut Coat". We are concerned that the marketing of this product which was made as an imitation of our design may lead to confusion, and wish to make it clear that we have not authorized or helped in the distribution of this product.

Our coats are sewn by Jeff in our studio in Maine out of heavy bull denim and real, high-quality garment leather. Unlike this costume version, our pirate coat can button open and closed, has inside and outside pockets, and is made to be outerwear clothing rather than a costume piece.

We understand that other merchants may have purchased this reproduction in good faith, but we urge them to use another name that does not refer to our small business which was incorporated in 2008. We believe that making beautiful clothing by hand in America is absolutely worth it, and we are grateful to all the customers that make it possible for us to continue every year.

All of our original designs are imagined and sketched by Jeff, and each pattern piece is hand drawn and cut out in our studio. Each piece of fabric is cut out and sewn together right here, with rolled seams and reinforced stitch lines to create a rugged garment that you can take out in the rain or snow, wear to a LARP, run in and fight in.

Thank you!

Heather and Jeff





Red Cloak - Red Capelet - Red Riding Hood September 26, 2015 10:24

We are always delighted when we get to see our cloaks out in the world. It makes all the hard work completely worthwhile.

We'd like to shout out to two customers who made our red cloaks come to life with some Red Riding Hood fairy tale magic.

Theresa & Erin Timony show off one of our Half-Circle Cloaks in this wonderful makeup tutorial.


Kaile Meyers Photography did a fantastic collection of shots of one of our kids capes.

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We love seeing how you make our work into part of your own story. Send us a picture or video!


Hooded Cloak September 21, 2015 18:22

Our hooded wool cloaks are handmade in our studio in Maine. Each cloak is hand sewn with a blend of nylon and the very best quality wool to make sure that you can wear your cloak out into every kind of weather and still stay warm. The natural properties of wool make sure that your cloak will be working to keep you warm even when it gets wet. We cut the hood of the cloak large enough that you can pull it out when the snow is falling to protect your face, or even fit a hat under the hood!

We use garment quality leather to create the cloak clasp. Rather than using a metal clasp which can fatigue over time, we fold and stitch a durable loop of leather and loop it around one of our hand cast pewter buttons made by Lars Lunde of Lundegaard Productions. We've been making and selling cloaks since 2008, and we have never had a leather loop fail.

 Living in Maine, we have a lot of opportunities to test out our hooded cloaks in snow, ice, rain or a mixture of all three. Although we mostly sell our handmade cloaks at Renaissance Faires, our customers include larpers and outdoorsmen and women who really give the durability of our designs a workout. Like a winter coat, one of our wool cloaks is considered outerwear, and should be dry cleaned seasonally or more often if needed. You can also brush twigs, leaves and dirt off the surface of the wool, or spot clean with Woolite as needed.

Wool Coat Prototype January 25, 2015 11:43 3 Comments

Jeff has designed a new wool coat with an overcape. He'll be making some slight changes, but here is a sneak peek of it in the loden green wool.

The back has two pleats and you get a great back view of the overcape as well.

It also looks great pinned shut with a penannular from the Crafty Celts. If you are looking for a cloak pin they make some of the best designs around.


Rolling Fabric Rack January 10, 2015 14:31

Our wonderful rolling fabric rack is completed and we're already using it to store and access our larger bolts of wool. Every time we finish a big project like this we immediately want to build several more. Next one up will be for denim.

Building in the studio January 01, 2015 14:22

It has been a terrific year for organizing in the studio. We have more bolts of fabric than we did at the beginning of 2014 and we are in the process of building new rolling fabric racks. You might have heard that our first cutting table collapsed under the weight of the fabric bolts, so the first thing we did was rebuild the cutting tables.

Jeff remade our one table into two tables and added locking casters so we can move them around. Now we can use them to stage the fabric rack construction.

Behind the scenes August 03, 2011 17:44

Our models are not only unpaid but they frequently risk life and limb during our photo shoots.

Back Home to the Future Show October 28, 2010 10:34

Our friends Bruce and Melanie are teaming up with Jeff Mach to create a new Steampunk Design Expo.


ModVic’s ‘Back Home To The Future’ Exposition is an exhibition of some of the finest and most talented artists, builders, craftspeople and innovative companies in the world who offer Modern Victorian Functional Appliances, Victorian and Industrial Decor, Steampunk Art, Infused Technology, Invention and Design for your period or newer home.

It’s a must for 'Old House' Homeowners, Designers, Home Restorers and Steampunk Enthusiasts. Also for others who want to accessorize newer homes or smaller abodes where adding a Victorian or Industrial 'character' and design is desired.

Steampunk Belt Buckle October 21, 2010 07:55

One of our favorite items, our steampunk belt buckle is a relief casting of the inner movements of a clock. This solidly constructed buckle will be a favorite over the course of many years.  Fits a 2.25" belt, available in antique copper, brass and pewter.

Steampunk Belt Buckle

Made exclusively in the US for Chrononaut Mercantile.

Steampunk Design Competition October 20, 2010 09:56

An Exhibition of Innovation, Invention and Gadgetry, Opens October 22nd

Steampunk Form & Function Design Competition

Steampuffin’s 1st Annual Steampunk Form & Function Design Competition brings together outstanding Steampunk design innovations, details the design process and promotes the role of the Steampunk designer/craftsman. Along with recycled items, all Steampunk design solutions are primarily built using authentic Victorian (1850s to early 1900s) objects, salvage items, clothing and antiques that incorporate modern technology and have specific functions for modern day, practical uses.

Heather and Jeff will be at the opening reception on October 22, 2010, from 5 pm to 11 pm at The Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation.  Admission to the reception is free and light refreshments will be served.  Required reservations may be made by calling 781 893 5410 or by emailing

One of the items on display will be a beaded ipod made by Heather using 24k gold plated glass beads and antique french cut brass beads.

Modded Ipod Shuffle

Art Nouveau Belt Buckles October 19, 2010 12:22

Influenced by the organic and floral motifs of the Art Nouveau movement, our new Art Nouveau Belt Buckles are available in antique copper, brass and pewter.

Art Nouveau Belt Buckle

They are made exclusively for Chrononaut Mercantile in the US.

Episode 4 May 21, 2010 11:01

Chrononaut Episode 4

and there are secrets to be uncovered at every turn.

Episode 3 May 21, 2010 10:57

Chrononaut Episode 3

where all manner of things are bought and sold

Episode 2 May 21, 2010 10:56

Chrononaut Episode 2

you might journey to a place only dreamt of

Episode 1 May 21, 2010 10:55

chrononaut episode 1

If you could step outside of time, to a world lying parallel to your own

Another teaser from our latest photoshoot April 03, 2010 11:41


Medium Kit Bag March 30, 2010 19:09

Our new kit bag in a slightly larger size - soon to be available on the website.

Medium Black Suede Kit Bag

Shown in black suede with black leather straps and corners.

Neither rain, nor high winds March 28, 2010 17:49

Our fearless models brave icy sea winds to volunteer their time for the latest Chrononaut Mercantile photo shoot. This is Maine, people. There are still icicles, and perhaps some small icebergs floating in the open water. Expect great pictures chock full of gritty realism to be up soon!

brave adventurers

Why do they all look so happy? Is it the props? The goggles? The big guns?

Steampunk Festival March 17, 2010 18:22

Saturday, May 1st, 2010 at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation - 10:00am to 4:00pm.

steampunk festival logoChrononaut Mercantile is excited to join many other talented vendors and artists at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation. Jules Verne meets modern technology during this daylong festival at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation at 154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453. Enjoys hands on activities, interactive exhibits, vendors, live music and more at this event celebrating everything steampunk!

Learn more about who will be there on their Facebook page.

Steampunk Insects by Mike Libby January 11, 2010 16:06

I wrote to Mike Libby of Insect Lab to ask if we could link to him from our steampunk page, but as soon as I started trying to choose just one image from the site it became impossible. I would like to add that he is our neighbor from across the pond, as it were, being right next door in South Portland. I first ran into his work one snowy winter a year or two ago at a craft fair up on the East End. It must be the cold Maine winters that inspire such delectable work. Feast your eyes!

2009 Longhorn by Mike Libby of Insect Lab2009 Longhorn by Mike Libby of Insect Lab

Green Rutelidae by Mike Libby of Insect Lab

Green Rutelidae by Mike Libby of Insect Lab

2009 Small Hopper by Mike Libby of Insect Lab

2009 Small Hopper by Mike Libby of Insect Lab

If you can't aspire to extreme wealth and own one of each, you can also buy lovely prints of these creations with which to decorate your shadowy den. Having seen them in person, I can assure you that they are lovely.

About the making of steampunk guns January 09, 2010 10:21 1 Comment

Interview with Mr. Artimis Lebeau McPhearson about the making of steampunk guns.
Two Steampunk Guns
I wait for my muse to speak to me, often it is in places like Toys-R-Us or while surfing E-bay looking at replica fire-arms. Once I see something I think can be used to start as a modification I buy it and bring it to my underground workshop (basement), and start to draw up plans, have a cup of coffee, maybe a sandwich.

Usually I will start to place pieces of PVC pipe and use that as a base start of how the gun will look. Once I have a solid idea of what I want, it becomes a game of "find the missing pieces" which usually involves several trips to the local Goodwills, Salvation armies and consignment shops, as well as back to Toys-R-Us, Walmart, Target, Dicks Sporting Goods, Sports Authority and Taco Bell.

Once most pieces have been found, the original gun will be taken apart. I then decide if the gun worked in some way (airsoft, nerf) if it will remain working or be made static. The gun will then be cleaned, lightly sanded and primed. Once dry the pieces are separated into piles of various color paints to be used on them and the paint job continues, as do trips to various aforementioned places... Burger King might be added to the list. I also clear coat the painted pieces as a final step.

Any parts to be added will also go through the take apart, clean, sanded, primed and painted routine. Once all the painting has been done, then comes the building, or the "how the H$ll will I get all of this stuff to look like I want it to" process. I get creative in ways of how to make parts fit together, using things in ways that they were never meant to be used.

Once the final assembly is completed - all parts are put together, added on, stuck together, combined as required - I touch up any areas of paint that need it, clear coat the final product, and pictures are taken for my own records of what it is I just built, how I built it, and possibly why I built it. At this time I am finally free to come back to the surface world (i.e. out of my basement workshop) and rejoin the human race.

Artimis Lebeau McPhearsonArtimis Lebeau McPhearson

Next interview - War Hammers

Fun with steampunk guns. January 02, 2010 15:13

We had a delightful day of photography today with a gathering of friends who passed the afternoon executing one another, engaging in firefights, and murdering each other in a variety of ways.

steampunk parlor with gun

These modded steampunk guns will be up on the Chrononaut Mercantile site in the next couple of days. Don't forget to join the mailing list to stay up to date on all our weapons of destruction!

Hungarian Steampunk Fashion December 30, 2009 08:18

Some photos from our friends in Hungary. I've included links below to their deviantART pages so you can see more of their work. I am going to start putting money in my dinosaur piggy bank so we can go and visit them some day!

Flamara and Ghoulina Steampunk Hungary

Flamara and Ghoulina Steampunk Hungary

Flamara and Ghoulina Steampunk Hungary

Flamara Halvorsen (Judit Farkas) and Ghoulina von Royal (Ildikó Licenciás)
Photos by Rodian
Clothes by Ghoulina and Flamara
Make-up by Ghoulina

Trash or treasure? December 21, 2009 17:47

Giving color to the story behind our creations requires a love of strange objects, mostly gleaned from flea markets, Goodwill stores, or from the attics and basements of family and friends. I keep my eyes open for strange and fantastic objects, especially if they cost less than $2.99. Sometimes you encounter things you love, and sometimes you find things that haunt your sleep - like the lamp base made with 4 furry taxidermied feet of an unknown animal. I still might have to give that one as a gift to some lucky friend.