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Best Steampunk creations for us to drool over

Posted on: September 12, 2012

If you ever thought of dedicating a museum to Steampunk creations, you will find enough imaginative items to fill an entire gallery. Under Steampunk design is a stylized array of almost everything, from laptops, superheroes to models of animals.

Innovative designers take modern inventions and customize it with steampunk attractiveness, creating good Victorian, sci-fi pieces that have a touch of fantasy. Using the hardware characteristic of the era like brass, wood, knobs, screws and hinges, an average concept is transformed into a truly remarkable representation of the Industrial revolution expression. It is also about including old machinery and aged exteriors in an artistic manner to showcase the intrinsic beauty of technology. The sub-culture encompasses literature, fashion, media and technology, but you should be more interested in the steampunk creations that have functional value as well as splendid steampunk aesthetic.

Victorian Organ Control Desk

 

Victorian Organ Control Desk

Victorian Organ Control Desk
 
 

 

Bruce Rosenbaum of Massachusetts home restoration firm ModVic created an amazing baroque workstation from a discarded church organ. He removed the inner parts, replacing them with modern devices: three monitors, 3GB RAM, a 3GHz AMD Phenom II X4 945 processor, a 1TB HD, and more upgrades. The organ is fully operational and comes with normal accessories like the steampunk USB drive and webcam.

Shift the keyboard backwards to enjoy the Epson Perfection V300 scanner and the Samsung CLP-310 laser printer. Sound emerges from two reproduced cygnet horns in addition to other decorative features that include the kerosene coach lamps, antique crystal door knobs and a steam gauge clock .

The entire structure of the PC desk was built from repurposed parts obtained from eBay and local antique fairs, the expenditure reaching more than thousands of dollars. Three other specialists helped to complete the desk in six months. Their ingenuity gleaming in the desk’s bright finish.

Ivan’s Stupendous Steampunk Cellphones

 

 

Ivan's Steampunk Cellphone

Ivan’s Steampunk Cellphone

 

Croatian artist Ivan Mavrovic demonstrated how future technology can help us appreciate the past in his remarkable set of steampunk cellphones. Materials like copper, brass and wood shaped a Nokia cellphone into a prime model of steampunk design. Mother of pearl keys and ornamental key wind for the menu button add a touch a class and contrast .The leaf and vine design is very appealing as the phone’s visual art, more so the polished combination of red leather with a copper covering. While these phones are not as functional as recent models, they will turn heads when you answer a ring.

Steampunk Professor Xavier’s Wheelchair

 

Steampunk wheelchair

Steampunk wheelchair

 

X men fan and artist Daniel Valdez paid homage to the leader of the X-men by skillfully reproducing his wheelchair in a steampunk concept. He completely modified an Eastlake Victorian Rocker in the steampunk décor, the chair boasts of pistons, a glistening brass finish, seat design chosen for its nobility aura and the works. Instruments like the pressure gauge, springs and water tank solidify the wheelchair’s concept. A smokestack producing steam alludes to the steam power backing the wheelchair. He maneuvers the wheelchair via the control panel containing a joystick, several levers, lights and a compass. Painstaking work has gone into such an fun cosplay.

Steampunk arcade stick

 

Steampunk arcade stick

Steampunk arcade stick

 

A fighting game enthusiast assembled this amazing joystick from copper piping, brass screws, gears, silver wiring and clock work parts, all encased in a nice clear acrylic body with hardwood cladding .Many aspects of the arcade stick were hand created: the engraved brass sheets under the top panel and the stainless steel underside panel. Genuine clock segments went into the internal section of the arcade. Round Seimitsu PS-14-KN buttons embedded with copper leaf inserts and LEDs which light up on activation. Also features a Sanwa JLF stick with an authentic winding pocket watch.

Steampunk R2D2

 

Steampunk R2D2

Steampunk R2D2

 

Artist Charles Leonard presented a different version of the R2-D2 robot, a steampunk wearing creation brandishing a monocle. The designer walked the eco-friendly line and made it out of scrap metal, carefully amalgamating recycled wood, plastic and other materials.

Tentacle Bass

 

Tentacle Bass

Tentacle Bass

 

Guitar designer Molly Friedrich was commissioned by Benjamin Ensor of the band Mungus to create a bass guitar. One that Incorporated elements of science fiction author, Jules Verne with nuances of Lovecraft’s clockwork beast.

The finished work is magnificent with the intricate details and intense trimmings, I particularly like the tentacles. Very few guitars in the world have them. Moreover, they do not interfere with the strings and the metal work is lightweight, so you can strum out a tune anytime.

Steampunk Riot Wheel

 

Steampunk Riot Wheel

Steampunk Riot Wheel

 

Jake Lyall’s practically reinvented the wheel in this endeavor with the participation of well-wishers, spending some $5,000 dollars. Introducing the Riot Wheel, an odd looking 1,100-pound monster that plays between a unicycle and motorcycle. Unlike the aforementioned vehicles, the seat is positioned in the front of the single wheel so the driver’s weight does not interfere with the engine. The Honda 80cc four-stroke scooter engine is suspended from the central shaft and is balanced by a separate 450-pound counterweight. The balance keeps the driver perpendicular to the ground who steers by shifting his weight and working the 65-pound gyroscope. The wheel reaches speed of speed of 56 mph and was once regarded as the fastest monowheel on the ground. The

Steampunk Mechanical Horse

 

Steampunk Mechanical Horse

Steampunk Mechanical Horse

 

Artist Andrew Chase was inspired by the most famous Leonardo da Vinci’s sculpture and from there he devised the pattern of the horse. He worked on every minute detail of the horse so it closely resembled a real one. Touching up its specifics down to its silver piston legs to its silver tail. Measuring at 27 inches and 27 inches in length and height respectively, it is 8 inches wide and weighs 45-55lb. The best part is that it gallops on its legs just like a real horse.

Steampunk Gameboy

 

Steampunk Gameboy

Steampunk Gameboy

 

An incredible DMG-01steampunk Gameboy mod created by Thretris, painted by hand and fully capable of playing games. A pro-sound audio mod had been added to record music and an orange LED unit is attached to the system. The piping, clogs and elaborate designs increase the gameboy’s steampunk appeal.

Steampunk clock

 

Steampunk clock

Steampunk clock

 

Industrial designer Eric Frietas produced an exotic collection of wall clocks that are very unique and abstract. They just invoke awe for the eye-catching design and configured to tell time classily through calligraphy. A calliphraphy clock is almost unheard of.

Each segment of the hand-crafted clock was carefully formed from cutting out pieces with a handheld jewelers saw followed by the flex-shaft tool which forces the materials into the desired shapes. The shapes were then assembled with hand-machined screws in an original approach around a dial which was inked by hand and treated for the weathered and ripped look. Many admire this clock as one of the highest achievement of steampunk art. Every striking detail carefully put together for a marvelous effect.

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