We have a ‘no brass’ rule in this house, so I have no brass switch plates on hand. If I did, however, I’d be steampunking them up using The Steampunk Workshop’s tutorial. The transformation from what they looked like before to what they look like now is rather shocking.
TSW used some salvaged brass components and ammonia to get that rich patina. Pictured below are more creations using the same batch of switch plates, all of which were made using the same techniques. Continue Reading
When I see stuff like these bookshelves, I am overcome with the desire to dismantle my office and steampunk it up. From Etsy seller Stella Blue Designs, the bookshelves are made of iron pipes and, in the case of the style above, Edison-type light bulbs. I particularly like how together with the books they create an art piece. To check out all of Stella Blue Designs creations, visit Stella’s shop on Etsy.
A company by the name of Marinemine scavenges old Soviet mine shells and turns them into the most fierce steampunk stuff you can imagine. Their creations include fireplaces, chairs and even baby carriages, among other things.
Sean Orlando and crew decided to build a Steampunk treehouse at The Burning Man Festival. Aside from all of the artistic implications, who could them for going to a little extra trouble in order to have some ‘downtime’ from the chaos of 25,000 artsy partiers?
“The House component itself is built of recycled wood, clockwork components and steel, styled after the Victorian age of architecture,H.G. Wells, andJules Verne.”
Sean further explains:
The Tree House may indeed remind people of a simpler, more innocent time.Continue Reading
One of the 14 original projects in Make It! Secondhand Chic, is a circa 1970’s suitcase turned side table, but its maker, Chris, gave it that fresh mid-mod vibe that we’ve come to expect from him. In this option, an old folding director’s chair serves as the legs of the side table while the vintage suitcase on top gives the whole look a steampunk feel.
Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum of Sharon, Massachusetts took their 1901 Craftsman-style Victorian home and steampunked the heck out of it. The outcome is one of those that make me want to scrap everything and start over, decor-wise. Well, it would help to start with a dwelling of this era, of course. But still….the couple’s home is like walking into a dream existence, somewhere between the present and the past.
I love the look of wall-mounted televisions, but every time I see one I can’t but help think that the homeowner who chose to do such a mount is stuck with it. That’s why I’m really groovin’ on this tv easel from Restoration Hardware. You get the minimal intrusion of a wall mount but with the movability of a traditional tv cabinet. Plus, it has a great steampunk quality about it. Its $995 price tag started me thinking about a DIY easel alternative. Continue Reading
Restoration Hardware’s Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk may or may not be the most practical solution for a small office space, but it’s hands down one of the most awesome things I’ve ever seen! Duuude! It’s an office…in a TRUNK!! Expensive? A little. It’s just shy of $4K, but that includes a distressed vintage cigar leather finish and 3,000 hand-hammered brass nails. Overall the secretary measures 39″w x 29″d x 76″h. For more information, head on over to Restoration Hardware.Continue Reading
Lonneke Gordijn’s ‘Fragile Future’ is subtitled ‘electronics and dandelions’, which is the perfect description for this marriage of technology and nature. Made of a collection of LED’s, phosphorous bronze and dandelion seeds, the light sculpture has a fanciful steampunk-y quality about it. If it wasn’t fabulous enough, the piece automatically shuts off–sort of like a defense mechanism–when people come too close to it. Via.