Posts Tagged ‘steampunk’

Steampunk flash drive

Posted: June 12, 2009 in creativity
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steampunk flashdrive

Not that I own any steampunk gadgets or accessories, but I do like them for their mix of old world charm and modern technology. Here’s a good example that my mate Harry forwarded to me (thanks!): a steampunk memory stick. Like many steampunk items, it’s not mass-produced and this one has been sold already – for US$ 165. Pity.

The key is made out of purple heart & has approximately 26 Ruby’s which look great when the key catches the light, & when the Keys plugged into a USB, it glows green from underneath the gears giving the key a good sense of movement.

Via CrunchGear

Steampunk jewelry

Posted: April 9, 2008 in creativity

Rivkasmom sells some nice steampunk jewelry on Etsy. This brooch is called ‘My Time Is Yours’ and is the fourth in a series called “The Time Thieves”. These naughty little birds are stealing the hands off of the clock faces, so that lovers can spend more time together. What’s the rush? 😉 The large gear is 2 1/2 inches across. The brooch has a sturdy safety clutch pinback.

This brooch features a lovely Art Nouveau lady, and she’s surrounded by layers of vintage watch and clock parts, with a hand patina’d star background and a little star with a Swarovski crystal accent. The large gear is 2 1/2 inches across, and the longest part is 3 1/2 inches long. Again: sturdy safety clutch pinback.

All jewelry is one of a kind, because only vintage parts are being used. When they’re gone, they’re gone. No working or antique clocks or watches were harmed in the making of my jewelry. Rivkasmom says that he values the past, and therefore only uses items that are at the end of their recycling life. 

Because these are real watch parts, some of the pieces might still have a few sharp edges. Please use caution when wearing clothing that tends to snag easily.

Price for each piece: US$85.00

… more steampunk

Posted: March 19, 2008 in creativity


Some more of the many designs from the Steampunk Workshop site.  All of them come with detailed instructions how to build them. The image above represent a steampunk LCD screen, stand-alone and as part of a desktop. 


A brooch, made up of three layers of electrolytically etched brass. 

A steampunk vintage headset: Dieselpunk Headset Mod

Finally: a steampunk guitar: the Clockwork Steampunk Stratocaster.

Steampunk motorbike

Posted: March 19, 2008 in creativity



I haven’t posted anything on steampunk design for a couple of months, so here is another curiosity: Tom Sepe’s steampunk motorbike. It could be jokingly classified as a steam-electric hybrid, but unfortunately the steam is just for show – at least right now. I found it on The Steampunk Workshop site, which has some other steampunk beauties, like an LCD screen, jewelry, cars, headphones, etc..

Tom Sepe explains in an interview all there is to know about his bike, including how he built it (for example he used an old fire extinguisher to build the boiler, which not only releases steam but, when cranked up, even flames 😉 ).

Steampunk Tree House

Posted: January 25, 2008 in creativity
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It was a hit at last year’s Burning Man. Now the team behind the massive techno-art installation is getting The Steampunk Treehouse ready for encore exhibitions at the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals. The clip give a bit of background info on the concept of steampunk and the treehouse.


Steampunk mouse

Posted: June 27, 2007 in creativity


I have said it several times before: I quite like steampunk design ;) . Via Jack of all Trades comes this computer mouse design – with directions on how to build it … well, kind of.

Steampunk spex

Posted: April 18, 2007 in creativity

These glasses below are awesome, but the guy called ‘mad scientist‘ won’t be reproducing them as his comment shows: “The levers are just too finicky and I can’t tell you how many #60 drill bits those temples ate through”. Made from brass, bronze, stainless steel, copper, plastic lenses, plastic, springs, screws, nuts and nickel silver, the temple arms retract when closing them and the ear hoops pivot under for compact(ish) storage. Also, the bridge (the part that rests on your nose), is spring loaded, extending another few cm when worn. Wow!

Steampunk mods

Posted: March 10, 2007 in creativity

On Gizmodo I found this stuff: steampunk gear. When I looked at the steampunk keyboard mod it took me a second to realise what is so different: the old typewriter style keys. For those who like it but (I guess) can’t buy it: they can take an IBM Model M keyboard and turn it into a work of art – following these instructions.

This one though might be more difficult to build: the steampunk laptop mod. Looks are deceiving: it actually works. There’s a working display, working keyboard, and working morse code input (wtf?). The creator was inspired by both the Apple Mac (he wanted to make something completely different) and Terry Gilliam, filmmaker and animator, and the sole American member of the Monty Python troupe. It even has USB, serial, and a VGA ports. Like Gizmodo, I’m also asking: ergonomic? And like Gizmodo I’d say: No way in hell. Like for the other steampunk treasure above, there’s a self-build manual – if you can speak Japanese. 

One more thing: what is steampunk? What better place to find an answer than wikipedia – not surprisingly it provides a comprehensive answer. Here is just it’s first paragraph … 

Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction which came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in (or strongly inspired by) an era when steam power was still widely used – usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian England – but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. It is often associated with cyberpunk and shares a similar fanbase but developed as a separate movement (though both have considerable influence on each other). Their main difference beyond the chronological differences in settings is that Steampunk settings tend to be less obviously dystopian” (I have to say: the steampunk laptop mod doesn’t give that one away ;) ).