Posts Tagged ‘Steampunk’

Up in Vallejo, CA every year for the past few years, they hold a “Pirate Festival”, open to the public for free. In my humble opinion (and I hope no one gets their panties in a bunch over this) it’s a rather fringy Renn Faire, but its free and a TON of fun. “Pirates” cover a lot more time than the Renaissance does. So you get a wider variety of costumes and goods.

Best Find and the ONLY thing I wanted to buy that I can still remember months later:
Wandering in front of a stall, my husband spotted aviator glasses on a hat. “Oooo” came the simultaneous response from both of us as we changed direction and headed for the display. And there to find some absolutely STUNNING steampunk hats, sitting all anachronistically quiet on a hat display. A wide variety of women’s hats. Wilamina makes them herself. She puts together little collage bitz of things together, finds a hat, forms it if needed and makes a unique hatpin designed specifically to go with your hat.

They are well worth the money and totally deserving of designing an entire outfit around them.

At the time, she hadn’t a website for them yet. But, thinking about the hats this morning I did a quick search and (God Bless the Internet), there she is! I had to come and spread the word!

So, without further ado, I would like to introduce, “W, the House of Wormwood” and Wilamina’s fantastical hats!

House of Wormwood


Hands off the grey hat with the lightbulb, I own that hat in my heart and it will come home to me soon!


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Cubicles are meant to be droneish for a reason. The less difference in one cubicle to another means the less the employees stop to chat about anything unique. It keeps things productive. But when you spend 8+ hours of your day in your office, you want to have things around you that make you happy.

Having an office that looks as awesome as This One: http://www.wired.com/culture/design/multimedia/2007/06/gallery_nemo_office would be wonderful. However, that level of Steampunk Goodness is out of reach or impractical for most of us.

So, how do you steampunk your office into your happy place without driving your boss over the Edge?

Like all nice touches in life, the key is accessorizing.

A small industrial fan.

An Old Radio

A old library dewey decimal card cabinet for office supplies

Lightbulb with solar reactor

Venus Fly Trap

What are your ideas?

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For a modern off the shelf item….. this is the ONLY watch I will wear. ❤ my husband muchly for making it my Christmas present.

It winds itself by using a pendulum that swings with your body movement. You can see the jewels, the gears, the movement, the winding mechanism. Being on time has never been so much FUN! It’s ENJOYABLE to watch time pass.

Oh, and the model number, in case you wanted to track down one of your own: KC2486, made by Kenneth Cole

Kenneth Cole makes this Steampunk Watch

Kenneth Cole makes this Steampunk Watch

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It seems less intimidating to me to modifiy dollhouse parts. Less risky than trying to modify the life size (and considerably more costly) versions of things. Since folks seemed to enjoy my tinsy keyboard, I thought I’d add something else I had been working on.

Thermal Grandfather TimeKeeper

Just a fun little thing… nothing fancy. Just amusing. 🙂

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My family went to the California State Fair on August 31st. Mightily disspointed that the Sky Coaster had been replaced by a bungee jump.

However, there were some very Steampunky items on display at the fair.


The was the “Garr Scott”, a true steam-run tractor. It ran a large belt down to a columbine or thresher. It put out a mighty horn blast as steam poured out of the stack. It startled me a number of times. I’m not sure if there is much traffic out in a field that would neccessitate having such a powerful horn.  But there is a more than decent chance I’m ignorant of what kinds of audible communication might be handy while plowing or planting.



 There were a number of sculptures that had a very Steampunk look to them. The best of those I’ll save for last. Some of these are more steampunk than others.

There was a bizarre sculpture that doesn’t really fit into any catagory. A winged lady with knives for wings…

The gear turns her around and rings a bell. Her name is Lilly Rose.

There were the automotive bulldogs…

“Junkyard Dawgs”


There was a beautiful sculpture of a dragon done in stainless steel and copper. It was selling for $26,000. Done by William Mang, entitled Zanthony Chinese Dragon. It large and beautiful and has a surprising secret. Taken without a flash, the dragon is stunning. Take a photo with a flash and the copper in the wings gives the impression of the wings actually being on-fire.


And lastly, the most steampunk item I saw at the California State Fair was this humongous sculpture. Done by Dave Lane, he says about his sculpture:

“Grandpa Mosley” is the companion of last year’s “Grandma Planet”. This culture, which builds and moves planets, encountered space dwelling creatures, and built a place for them to meet and talk about things. Nobody can tell what they actually look like, so they’re depicted here (in the cylinder) as characters from alphabets. I used to work with a guy, Willie Mosely, who reminded me of my own Grandpa, also named Willie. They were both pranksters. Lately, I’ve been thinking of Jonah. The name Mosely goes to Mosul, across the river from ancient Nineveh. This piece uses parts from a variety of sources, can you find them?… A basketball backstop, old wagon frame, casters from caterpillar forklife, a stevdore (hand truck), spray rig wheels, I-beams, harrows, J.D. drive sproket, logging tongs.

I have many more photos of this last sculpture which I will happily upload later this week when I have more time to edit them to a file size more blog/internet friendly. They are currently big enough to wallpaper my house with.

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While gathering parts for a project I’m working on, I stumbled across a very nifty object that begs for someone to take it home and steampunk it. This poor lonely object is sitting on the basement floor of an antique conglomerate of dealers. I took pictures of it for you. I can give you their name and phone number and you can make arrangements to purchase it through them if you want. If they are unwilling to ship it, I’d even be willing to pick it up and mail it for you… though beware, its heavy. (obviously, if you pay for the shipping).

Secondhand Rose 14 N School St Lodi, CA 95240     (209) 339-1166

Buttons and knobs and graphs Oh My!!

Working Oscilloscope

Working Oscilloscope


It’s a working Oscilloscope. It’s $69.00 at the somewhat antique/consignment/mix of stuff place called Secondhand Rose in Lodi, CA. If you call and they say the What? Where?… It’s in the basement. Go down the stairs. If you walk straight ahead, it’s not the dealer RIGHT next to the stairs, but the one after that, on the right side. It’s on the floor behind his/her display case. I’m not selling this myself, nor do I get anything for it… I just think it’s begging to go home with someone who will treat it right. By right, I mean, do something awesome with it.

Closer view of the front

Closer view of the front

Manuals are available online. It says it’s operational and works. I know next to nothing about Oscilloscopes. They measure something about electricity. They make pretty lines and this thing has lots of knobs and switches and buttons.

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I was going through a handful of tiny watch parts I purchased on Ebay and a few of the bitz reminded me of a certain infamous keyboard. With much appreciation to Jake Von Slatt for the original, I present the Steampunk Dollhouse “Von Slatt” Inspired Keyboard:


Look a tiny bit familiar?

Look a tiny bit familiar? The curved side pieces really are brass and the supports are metal painted to look like brass.

That's a tiny battery door type screw driver behind it. Notice the supporting copper bar.

That's a tiny battery door type screw driver behind it. Notice the supporting copper bar.

Front view

Front View

Side view of the original

Side view of the original

Jake Von Slatts original can be seen at his Steampunkworkshop website

Jake Von Slatts original can be seen at his Steampunkworkshop website

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