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Steampunk is more than a "look" -- it's a growing subculture that may have started in the 1980s and the word itself may have been coined by the science fiction writer K.W. Jeter.  It usually revolves around sci-fi, fantasy, and the Victorian era after the advent of steam power, but with many present-day high-tech devices either modded to simply look Victorian-made or built entirely from scratch.       

If your seamstress and tailoring abilities fall short, there is a large number of talented seamstresses and some who also do tailoring right here on dA as well as many artists who make custom props and jewelry.  Most of them do work on commission, but you can also look for ready-to-wear garments and props at such places like amazon.com, JCrew, and second-hand stores if you want to put together the look yourself.   Steampunk will probably be filtering into the mainstream more and more, so if Steampunk's your thing, then keep an eye out for what's to come.  But if you think Steampunk is only about fashion, then think again, because many things like computer keyboards and guitars have been modded and Steampunked for quite some time now!

One word of caution ... clocks,  watches, and their parts are a very brisk business on places like eBay, so please be careful with fine vintage or antique pieces because once destroyed, they are gone forever to the world.  Be certain that the timepiece you're working with is beyond repair and keep in mind that even if broken, fine antique pieces can sometimes still be worth a lot and deserve to stay intact and not be destroyed for "fashion."

Steampunk Stamp FTW :3 by Ipnorospo

Metalwork:
Steampunk Pocket Watch by dravensinferno Clockwork hand by Astalo steampunk device by ProfessorArkham SteamPunk Gear Buckle by Dinodude73  
Steampunk Goggles FTW by Ska-T-Sama machine2 by vankuilenburg Lightning Projection Gun II by RouletteDantes
Steampunk Journal by Jewlgurl Brass Vestplate by RouletteDantes Compass by iisaw
Steampunk Penny whistle by Keighlee

Clothing, Costumes & Accessories:
Steam. by kairi-g Steampunk Corset by Dolly-Q:thumb74163407: Steampunk Costume by Kettricken
steampunk outfit complete by marychain Steampunk Half Apron by dreadnoughtdesigns Steampunk Cape by cigarettes214 Western steampunk skirt 2 by FrockTarts
Steampunk pants attempt 1 by Taicho By the Reddening Aether by ljvaughn:thumb78411371: Steampunk Gentleman's Vest by dreadnoughtdesigns:thumb90967329: Steampunk Gloves by salvagedsword

Leatherwork:
Shoulder bag I by Marcusstratus Arcanepunk: Shock Gauntlet by TormentedArtifacts Steampunk Holster by Hexonal Steampunk Goggles by FenrisDesigns
steampunk watch open by enguerrand Scarab beetle steampunk goggle by waywarddreams Clockworks messenger bag. by waywarddreams
mens steampunk gloves by missmonster Steampunk leather mask by waywarddreams Pocketwatch_Case by aberham Boiler Basher gloves by missmonster Thin air and waiting by Sebbal

Jewelry:
Cyber Moon by hibbary Two Halves of a Whole by hibbary Steampunk Prop 01 by DonSimpson
Watch 15 by Marcusstratus steampunkish by spiriferous Arcanepunk: Wayfinder's Charm by TormentedArtifacts
:thumb95713955: The One With The Long Name by deaddamien Steampunk inspired fingercandy by RedShift-4mg:thumb53253974:

Miscellaneous:
Clockwork Angel Preview 1 by RouletteDantes :thumb70300457: The Nautilus Steampunk Guitar by SpazedOut
steampunk boots by Dana by brucethelesser Steampunk Monitor Large by Unkillable-cat Gypsy Steampunk Goggles by mantisred
The Heat Cinq. by Urstu Tempus Frangit II: Bracer by TormentedArtifacts Steampunk pirate raygun by beelzebubby
:thumb98440949: Nerf Maverick Steampunk Mod by aimeekitty Steampunk Pistol w Laser Sight by DrJubal
:thumb85983332: Steam cyber cougar skull by missmonster Steampunk Gun by Oriana132
Steampunk raygun by beelzebubby Steampunk Keyboard Mod by Atratus Steampunk Mono-Goggle by joffum
SG - Edward Sinclare by VesperVix :thumb71418358:

Woodworking:
Steampunk CD player 3 by Zuntaras Steampunk Robot Dragon Head by buildersstudio Steampunk Robot Wedding Cake 2 by buildersstudio

Sculpture & Glass:
Steampunk Lamp 3 by oldtug Kaleidoscope by beelzebubby :thumb97088618:

Folding & Papercraft:
Steampunk Paper Book Cover by CianWolf Killing Time Book by Swirlything
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slingshotmeowStudent Digital Artist
wow i thought steampunk was only a fashion! this really helped me understand. im totally shocked about it! this is amazing
kalkris's avatar
What-oh!

I say I say I say, I am dumbfounded and stupified as to how I'd overlooked this article. But, I'm glad I found it. :D

Tally-ho!

~Lil Kalki
CianWolf's avatar
Thank you for featuring me.
Reading your article really makes me want to do some more steampunk stuff
:dance:
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SneakyFerret Digital Artist
What a great collection!
oldtug's avatar
Dear Kitten-of-Woe, thanks so much for including my piece in here!!
cigarettes214's avatar
thanks for using my cape!
beelzebubby's avatar
Thank you for the features's, please excuse my bad grammer but I wasn't sure if it is a flock of features or a gaggle. Much appreciated! :hug:
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Jewlgurl Artist
Wonderful collection of Steampunk items! Thank you for including our metal cover Steam Journal.
kairi-g's avatar
big thank you for including me in this feature! :D
Unkillable-cat's avatar
Wow thank you for featuring me in this. With the quality of the work being shown here I feel very humbled to have a project of mine up there with them.
For somthing I saw as a middle of the road monitor mod Im amazed that so many people have loved it much. Im going to really have to get more of the PC done on my days off.
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tennyomelimeHobbyist Photographer
Yeah! I love steampunk! Thank you so much! :iconfurryhuggleplz:
RedShift-4mg's avatar
I want it ALLLLL! Gimme all that creativity!!
ahhhhhhhhhck... my f*ing brain is dead from studio burnout.... Fellow makers! Make me my projects, enter the contests, get dragged to every motha-living gallery in the tri-state area and attend all those awkward potluck dinners in my stead for it is vital... !!VITAL!! that I stand really close to the vent-a-hood and allow the fumes of melting vinyl make me paranoid. There really isn't anyone standing behind me, BUT IF THERE WAS.... he would look freaking SWEET donning all that steampunk attire.
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salvagedswordProfessional Artisan Crafter
Great article, and thanks for including me!
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Helen-BaqProfessional Traditional Artist
Awesome features! :excited:
GreenTea13's avatar
Thanks so much for the feature! <3
Heterodyning's avatar
Just lovely! So many different works! Eventually I hope my stuff will make it into one of these!
Kettricken's avatar
thank you for featuring me! <3
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ljvaughnProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for the feature! <3
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CountessKHobbyist Traditional Artist
All sorts of Steamy goodness. It's all so beautiful.
Urstu's avatar
Hey thanks, i'm in prestigious company with the rest of those featured above.

Thank you
Baron Cyrus Von Borg
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PinkPanthress-Stock Digital Artist
I love this News-Feature! I love the Topic!!!
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oh my god everything else on here is 500 times more amazing then mine D:
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rcdgHobbyist Digital Artist
By Jove, great article pointing the way to some fine work. Bravo I say, bravo.
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marychainProfessional General Artist
thanks so so so very much for featuring me!!
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