F is for Frankensteining

Accidental Frankenstein:
I wore this to the auto show and to the
cafe, but my friend informed me that I had
accidentally cosplayed as a female
Malcolm Reynolds. So true.

Okay, everyone knows about Frankenstein, the super awesome fictional doctor who literally created a monster in his laboratory. Do you know about Frankenstein: the verb?

If you want to Frankenstein something, it means you’re taking parts of various items and putting them together to create one new (hopefully better) item. It’s seriously helpful if you’re low on cash or just a DIY kind of person. I’m both!

My three favorite geeky things to Frankenstein include:

LARP Props. A little bit of glitter from my scrapbooking supplies, some torn up clothing, and some old couch foam and voila! New prop. Recently I’ve made a cold-forged iron cage door and a ‘unicorn book’ out of some scavenged items.

Costuming! I’m not much for sewing, but when I buy costume items, I try to focus on things that can be re-purposed or worn in different settings. I have a lovely reversible gold bodice from Damsel in this Dress that’s been used in a steampunk setting and in a medieval fantasy game.

Computers. I’m new to it, but computers are Frankensteinable. My beleaguered HP Pavilion gaming computer is pretty messed up. It looks like I’m* going to mate that machine with my husband’s non-functioning Alienware desktop to make some sort of AlienPavilion master-machine. I don’t care what it is, so long as it doesn’t freeze up on me.

*I’m leaving this to capable experts.

Have you ever Frankensteined something? If so, what? I’m sure the possibilities are endless…food, clothes…let’s just stop at people!

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About Tara M. Clapper 287 Articles
Tara is a lifelong geek and the founder and publisher of The Geek Initiative. Her interests were forged in an early appreciation for "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Jurassic Park," and many historical fiction and fantasy novels. Tara is a game designer, LARPer, and frequent convention attendee. The author of over 1,000 individual blogs, her content has been featured on HelloGiggles, nordiclarp.org, LARPing.org, and The Billfold. She holds a B.A. in English from McDaniel College and has attended many events as press (including New York Comic Con). Tara has a professional background in marketing and publishing. She lives in the Philadelphia area. A Marvel fan, her favorite superhero is undoubtedly Thor. View her portfolio at: tmc.pressfolios.com.


  1. Hi! I found you on the A to Z blog hop but I do wish I would have known you before! You seem fairly awesome.

    My hubby and I went as The Doctor and Amy for Halloween last fall. I got supper obsessive over our costumes! We picked up some stuff new, some used, some got altered, some got ordered on-line and had to be picked up across the Canada/US border… But it was so fun!

    Anyway, I’m a geek girl, too. So now I follow you. 🙂 Looking forward to reading more alphabetical geekiness!

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