Steampunk iPhone 4 Case

I’ve seen a lot of Steampunked iPhone cases in my day. Believe me, I see more than my fair share of mediocre cases in my effort to weed through the junk and bring you only the very best of Steampunk here. But today’s case is pretty freaking sweet. Observe!

Oh my, it’s gorgeous!

Artist J. “Wilhelm” Dunn, the proprietor of VictorianSteampunk clearly put a considerable amount of attention into these intricate cases. There’s a ton of information on the cases and their various specs within each listing, so if you have questions about the specifics regarding the construction of purchase of one of these cases, please check it out.  These cases are available for iPhone 4 and iPod Touch from his etsy storefront. In addition to iDevice mods, he also has a small assortment of jewelry and keyrings.

A Summer Reading List for Crafters

Ah, summertime! It’s the perfect time of year to sit back, relax, and enjoy the sunshine with a good book. Even crafters, difficult as they are to pull away from their projects, could stand to benefit their respective art by sitting down with a book on their preferred medium and learning about the latest ideas and trends.

To that end, I recently found an article entitled A Summer Reading List for Crafters by Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood on mlive, a website for Michigan local news. The article makes some great recommendations for books to pick up if you happen to craft within one of the various textile based arts. Arts featured in the piece include: knitting, screen printing, natural dyes, sewing, fleece and fiber, Steampunk (?), and quilting.

And while one of the above categories is definitely not like the others, all the book recommendations seem to be solid suggestions. Even the Steampunk one kind of has its place as a book on Steampunk doll making entitled Steampunk Softies: Scientifically-Minded Dolls from a Past That Never Was by Nicola Tedman. So for all my fabric crafting readers, and for those considering starting, do take a look at the reading list!

QUIRK – The Steampunk Baby Dragon

From the same artist who brought you FOIBLE, The Steampunk Dragon Robot, comes QUIRK, The Steampunk Baby Dragon. Creator Will Wagenaar continued his style of using recycled and repurposed antiques to create incredible sculptures, and QUIRK is made primarily from copper and brass to give him a distinctly steamy appearance.

QUIRK stands 19 inches tall and 23 to 25 inches long. His neck extends and his head can be rotated up and down. To check out more pictures, and to buy QUIRK from Mr. Wagenaar, please visit his etsy listing. And while you are there, be sure to check out the rest of the Reclaim2Fame storefront, which is focused entirely on creating art from recycled, repurposed, and reclaimed items.

Steampunk Rotary Smart Phone

It’s about time for me to get a new cell phone, and there’s many a model for me to consider. All these phones do so many newfangled things nowadays, and I just got texting like, a year ago. So I’m behind the times. I’ve been plugging away with my little “dumb phone” (read, not smart) for a while and I was pretty much convinced I could leave those smart phones for people whose emails are considerably more pressing than mine.

Until I saw this:

Rotary smart phone?! What is this awesomeness?

Even in its prototype form, I can feel the pull of the smartphone dark side whispering sweetly in my ear, “Oh Audelia, you know this handcrafted phone is just perfect for your sense of style. And wouldn’t you love to do blog posts from your phone?”

Shush you!

This phone was created by Richard Clarkson, and he has some interesting things to say about what the phone is and why he created it in the first place, via designboom:

The rotary mechanical smartphone is based on the idea of incorporating more feeling and life into our everyday digital objects. In modern times these objects have come to define us, but who and what defines these objects? Are we happy with the generic rectangles of a touchscreen or do we want something with more tangibility, something with more life, something with more aura?  ‘Rotary mechanical’ is a question not only about the ever increasing ‘digital take-over’ of everything in our lives but also what is lost when this happens.

I’ll be paying close attention to both Richard’s and Rotary Mechanical’s tumblrs as this project continues along.

Captain’s Log Instructable

As a writer, I find it impossible to travel anywhere without a pen and blank paper. I never know when an idea might strike and it’s a downright shame to let inspiration escape because of a lack of materials to capture it.

The current notepad I carry was a gift from a former coworker when I moved from Dallas to Seattle. The cover design is fitting for the particular kind of work that we did, but by no means Steampunk. I love it, but once it becomes full of notes and thoughts, I’ll be looking to replace it.

To create a notebook/sketchpad that has that lovely Steampunk look to it, consider creating the Captain’s Log Steambook, an Instructable by bryanwithaytx.

I particularly like this design because it allows for paper refills, making your log a creation designed to last. It’s also nice because the wooden cover provides a hard surface upon which to scribble notes, which is helpful when there isn’t a table or desk nearby.

Check out the full Instructable here and start creating!

As an added bonus, after you’re done creating your notebook, learn how to tea stain the pages by clicking here.

The Meigs Elevated Railway

Occasionally, in my wanderings throughout the internet, I stumble across some piece of weird Victorian technology that upon first glance seems better suited for a science fiction novel of the time. Like, for example, the various steam powered contraptions I featured here a while ago that actually worked. They’re part of the larger “road not taken” as steam power was replaced with electricity and diesel.

One such invention caught me particularly by surprise, The Meigs Elevated Railway was among the first monorails to be created in the United States. An article from Scientific American published on July 10, 1886 features the Meigs Elevated Railway and explains how it was constructed and works.

I was a bit surprised to realize that the history of monorails went so far back. The images associated with this article look like they were pulled straight from a period novel, too.

If you find yourself interested in these old articles, you’ll be facinated to know that this article was pulled from a much larger Catskill Archive which preserves all sorts of information pertaining to the history of the Catskill Mountains. Be sure to visit the archives.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for Sale

If you’re a fan of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang film and have an inordinate amount of money to  spend on a new car, today’s post is most definitely for you.

Profiles in History, a dealer in film manuscripts and memorabilia has placed up for auction a fully functional and road ready replica of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for sale on Ebay.

Impressive doesn’t even begin to describe how incredible this replica is, and a generation, this car was a fixture in their collective childhood memories. Unfortunately, though, the opening bid for the vehicle starts at 1 million dollars, making this an unlikely acquisition for the average Steampunk.

To view other details of the vehicle, see the auction, and perhaps place a bid on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, visit the ebay auction. And if you are a movie buff and love film memorabilia in general, do be sure to explore the Profiles in History website for an impressive assortment of film related merchandise.

Steampunk Howl’s Moving Castle

Cake designer and ceramicist Liz from Portland, OR recently posted her latest creation to her Instructable’s blog, her Steampunk rendition of the moving castle from Howl’s Moving Castle. And it’s freaking amazing:

This piece was created from clay and hours of patience using a Raku kiln. Liz’s write up on the creation of the moving castle on her blog is exhaustive and does an excellent job of capturing just how much effort went into creating the moving castle.

The moving castle has been featured on Make Magazine’s blog and won first place at the Oregon State Fair Art Competition.

If you find yourself enamored by Liz’s creation and have missed out on the source material that inspired her masterwork, check out the trailer for Howl’s Moving Castle below:

Steampunk Iron Man

I’ve covered quite a few impressive toy and action figure modification in all my days of blogging, like the Steampunk Star Wars action figures by Sillof or Spudnik by Saritamarianyc. There seems to be near limitless opportunity for creating awesome looking Steampunk inspired toys.

Today’s post features another Steampunk modified toy, this one of the Marvel Comics superhero, Iron Man created by Jonathan Kriscak and Packrat Studios.

Be sure to visit the blog post announcing it’s listing on Ebay to see a full collection of photographs of the action figure. Bidding on this figurine unfortunately closed a few days ago, and the piece wound up selling for an impressive $570 USD. To explore and bid on other Packrat Studios creations, be sure to visit their Ebay storefront.

Miss Betsy’s Steampunk Monitor

Almost a year ago, I highlighted an awesome Instructable by Miss Betsy to create your own Steampunk keyboard and mouse. Her Instructable was so well liked that Miss Betsy has continued to create instructions for modifying your computing gear to add a Steamy flair.

Her latest undertaking was the Steampunk Monitor, an in-depth but approachable guide to transforming your computer’s display.

Here’s the materials you’ll need to get started:

  • 19″ Dell E197FPf LCD Monitor
  • 1/3″ and 1/2″ copper pipe and assorted fittings and connectors
  • 1/4″ screws and rod
  • Brass Cap Nuts
  • LED’s ( red and green from a grab bag)

There’s also a rather large collection of tools that are required to get the job done, so do be sure to look through all of the Instructable before diving straight in.