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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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slingshotmeow Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
wow i thought steampunk was only a fashion! this really helped me understand. im totally shocked about it! this is amazing
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kalkris Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
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
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CianWolf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008
Thank you for featuring me.
Reading your article really makes me want to do some more steampunk stuff
:dance:
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SneakyFerret Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008   Digital Artist
What a great collection!
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oldtug Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
Dear Kitten-of-Woe, thanks so much for including my piece in here!!
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cigarettes214 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
thanks for using my cape!
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beelzebubby Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
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 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008   Artist
Wonderful collection of Steampunk items! Thank you for including our metal cover Steam Journal.
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kairi-g Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
big thank you for including me in this feature! :D
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Unkillable-cat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
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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tennyomelime Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah! I love steampunk! Thank you so much! :iconfurryhuggleplz:
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RedShift-4mg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
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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salvagedsword Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Great article, and thanks for including me!
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Helen-Baq Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Awesome features! :excited:
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GreenTea13 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
Thanks so much for the feature! <3
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Heterodyning Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
Just lovely! So many different works! Eventually I hope my stuff will make it into one of these!
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Kettricken Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
thank you for featuring me! <3
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ljvaughn Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for the feature! <3
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CountessK Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All sorts of Steamy goodness. It's all so beautiful.
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Urstu Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
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 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008   Digital Artist
I love this News-Feature! I love the Topic!!!
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VesperVix Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
oh my god everything else on here is 500 times more amazing then mine D:
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rcdg Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
By Jove, great article pointing the way to some fine work. Bravo I say, bravo.
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marychain Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
thanks so so so very much for featuring me!!
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magpieblack Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for putting me in there! (although all the other stuff completely outshines my hat)
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shadowed-light-waves Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008   General Artist
Wow! That was a really helpful article!! :w00t: I see Steam Punk stuff all the time on deviantART -- but I never actually knew what it was! So thank you for that!

And these are some amazing features. =D



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inception8 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had no idea who was responsible for the steampunk coining. Sweet. I always associated it as being very Jules Verne.
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FenrisDesigns Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Gosh, thanks for the include!

For those interested in making their own steampunk props, there are a couple of tutorials available through a search. And we could always use more creative teachers on deviantART.
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FrockTarts Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, thanks a heap for the for adding me in there! :aww: great article!
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waywarddreams Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
Fabulous. Thanks for including me. A search for steampunk on deviantart always turns up such amazing pieces. It's beyond inspiring.
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dravensinferno Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for including me!!
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aimeekitty Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
thanks for the plug! great selection of items!
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TheRodge3001 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
Steam Punk!!! Finally, a new genre/sub0culture i've never heard of! Definately cool, hope to see people rockin' this downtown!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the little comment on destroying antiques! :hug: That's been a huge paranoia of mine lately, as I've started collecting antique jewelry.

Gotta love the style, though :D Great article, and features!
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mantisred Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
Inspiring stuffs! Great article, and I feel the need to repeat your last paragraph..

"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 your timepiece 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 destroyed for "fashion." "

Thank You, muchly, for placing my work with so many fine, and admired, artisans!
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Kitten-of-Woe Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
I love that each article has a different theme because I run into a different set of artists each time and it makes me feel more acquainted with the AC gallery. So, it was a pleasure to run into you and to include you in it. :nod:
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TWLawless Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
..and thank you for the disclaimer about destroying prescious items from our past.
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Kitten-of-Woe Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
I have a gold watch c.1900 and it was appraised at $300 even though it's broken, so I am passionate that these things stay the way they were meant to be, glad that you agree.
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TWLawless Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I spend too much time in the antique shops not to agree. hahaha.
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TormentedArtifacts Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow- thank you for the feature with so many other talented artists!
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JobobArikan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
Haaalp I am having Jules Verne flashbacks
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TormentedArtifacts Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, in the advent of a Vernian Flashback, your brass-plated, cog-studded seat cushion will be able to function as a time machine, lightning gun, and a fully functional costume accessory.

Welcome to the joys of the Steam Age.
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JobobArikan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008
FULLY functional eh!?!
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TormentedArtifacts Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
FULLY. :XD:
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vankuilenburg Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
thank you so much for including me in this!! there's some extremely cool stuff here:)
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Kitten-of-Woe Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
Your work never fails to please, that's for sure! :nod:
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Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
Great article! Very informative with loads of goodies to drool over :clap:
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Akusesu Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
whoaaaaaaaaa!! that stuff just COMPLETLY opened my eyes about creativity!! amazing!
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:iconkitten-of-woe:
Kitten-of-Woe Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
Your comment is refreshingly insightful and I'm glad to hear you feel that way. :aww:
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