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Steampunk Design Competition October 20, 2010 09:56

An Exhibition of Innovation, Invention and Gadgetry, Opens October 22nd

Steampunk Form & Function Design Competition

Steampuffin’s 1st Annual Steampunk Form & Function Design Competition brings together outstanding Steampunk design innovations, details the design process and promotes the role of the Steampunk designer/craftsman. Along with recycled items, all Steampunk design solutions are primarily built using authentic Victorian (1850s to early 1900s) objects, salvage items, clothing and antiques that incorporate modern technology and have specific functions for modern day, practical uses.

Heather and Jeff will be at the opening reception on October 22, 2010, from 5 pm to 11 pm at The Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation.  Admission to the reception is free and light refreshments will be served.  Required reservations may be made by calling 781 893 5410 or by emailing info@crmi.org.

One of the items on display will be a beaded ipod made by Heather using 24k gold plated glass beads and antique french cut brass beads.

Modded Ipod Shuffle


Neither rain, nor high winds March 28, 2010 17:49

Our fearless models brave icy sea winds to volunteer their time for the latest Chrononaut Mercantile photo shoot. This is Maine, people. There are still icicles, and perhaps some small icebergs floating in the open water. Expect great pictures chock full of gritty realism to be up soon!

brave adventurers

Why do they all look so happy? Is it the props? The goggles? The big guns?


Steampunk Insects by Mike Libby January 11, 2010 16:06

I wrote to Mike Libby of Insect Lab to ask if we could link to him from our steampunk page, but as soon as I started trying to choose just one image from the site it became impossible. I would like to add that he is our neighbor from across the pond, as it were, being right next door in South Portland. I first ran into his work one snowy winter a year or two ago at a craft fair up on the East End. It must be the cold Maine winters that inspire such delectable work. Feast your eyes!

2009 Longhorn by Mike Libby of Insect Lab2009 Longhorn by Mike Libby of Insect Lab

Green Rutelidae by Mike Libby of Insect Lab

Green Rutelidae by Mike Libby of Insect Lab

2009 Small Hopper by Mike Libby of Insect Lab

2009 Small Hopper by Mike Libby of Insect Lab

If you can't aspire to extreme wealth and own one of each, you can also buy lovely prints of these creations with which to decorate your shadowy den. Having seen them in person, I can assure you that they are lovely.


About the making of steampunk guns January 09, 2010 10:21 1 Comment

Interview with Mr. Artimis Lebeau McPhearson about the making of steampunk guns.
Two Steampunk Guns
I wait for my muse to speak to me, often it is in places like Toys-R-Us or while surfing E-bay looking at replica fire-arms. Once I see something I think can be used to start as a modification I buy it and bring it to my underground workshop (basement), and start to draw up plans, have a cup of coffee, maybe a sandwich.

Usually I will start to place pieces of PVC pipe and use that as a base start of how the gun will look. Once I have a solid idea of what I want, it becomes a game of "find the missing pieces" which usually involves several trips to the local Goodwills, Salvation armies and consignment shops, as well as back to Toys-R-Us, Walmart, Target, Dicks Sporting Goods, Sports Authority and Taco Bell.

Once most pieces have been found, the original gun will be taken apart. I then decide if the gun worked in some way (airsoft, nerf) if it will remain working or be made static. The gun will then be cleaned, lightly sanded and primed. Once dry the pieces are separated into piles of various color paints to be used on them and the paint job continues, as do trips to various aforementioned places... Burger King might be added to the list. I also clear coat the painted pieces as a final step.

Any parts to be added will also go through the take apart, clean, sanded, primed and painted routine. Once all the painting has been done, then comes the building, or the "how the H$ll will I get all of this stuff to look like I want it to" process. I get creative in ways of how to make parts fit together, using things in ways that they were never meant to be used.

Once the final assembly is completed - all parts are put together, added on, stuck together, combined as required - I touch up any areas of paint that need it, clear coat the final product, and pictures are taken for my own records of what it is I just built, how I built it, and possibly why I built it. At this time I am finally free to come back to the surface world (i.e. out of my basement workshop) and rejoin the human race.

Artimis Lebeau McPhearsonArtimis Lebeau McPhearson

Next interview - War Hammers


Hungarian Steampunk Fashion December 30, 2009 08:18

Some photos from our friends in Hungary. I've included links below to their deviantART pages so you can see more of their work. I am going to start putting money in my dinosaur piggy bank so we can go and visit them some day!

Flamara and Ghoulina Steampunk Hungary

Flamara and Ghoulina Steampunk Hungary

Flamara and Ghoulina Steampunk Hungary

Flamara Halvorsen (Judit Farkas) and Ghoulina von Royal (Ildikó Licenciás)
Photos by Rodian
Clothes by Ghoulina and Flamara
Make-up by Ghoulina


Trash or treasure? December 21, 2009 17:47

Giving color to the story behind our creations requires a love of strange objects, mostly gleaned from flea markets, Goodwill stores, or from the attics and basements of family and friends. I keep my eyes open for strange and fantastic objects, especially if they cost less than $2.99. Sometimes you encounter things you love, and sometimes you find things that haunt your sleep - like the lamp base made with 4 furry taxidermied feet of an unknown animal. I still might have to give that one as a gift to some lucky friend.


Art of Crafting 101 December 18, 2009 15:12

Sometimes it is good to make a big mess.

Heather's Desk

Stay very busy and keep your workspace full of ideas. Sometimes if you let them all live in close proximity with one another, they will get cosy while you are gone and something new will be born in your absence.

Jeff's Wall


Muahahaha December 17, 2009 11:56

Perhaps you have been asking yourself where we get our inspiration?

lightbulb for brilliant inspiration

With treasures like this at hand, it is hard to keep up with all the mad ideas that are constantly flowing back and forth. (Just ask Jeff).


Szt!mpank - a magyar steampunk blog December 16, 2009 14:46 2 Comments

So we don't really know what they are saying, but everything seems to look more like an international spy story when it is in Hungarian. We're excited to have traffic on our site coming from our friends over in Europe.

sztimpank2

Click over and check them out. With words like "elforgatásával" and "szerkesztője" you can't go wrong.


Flea Market Adventures December 15, 2009 14:04

There is little we enjoy more than digging through piles of really old stuff, talking to the picturesque vendors (and believe me, you haven't experienced picturesque until you try backwoods Maine), and generally making trouble among the flintlock pistols and farm implements.

Our latest installation of trouble-making brought us these old tintype photos:

Tintype Three

A tintype (or melainotype or ferrotype) is a photograph made creating a direct positive on a sheet of iron metal that is blackened by painting or enameling.

Tintype One

These ladies are especially lovely. (I am going to look like them when I grow up). We found these courtesy of Gerry Maxim, whose booth can be found on Saturdays and Sundays at Fort Andross, a beautifully restored textile mill on the Androscoggin River in Brunswick Maine. Look for new Neo-Victorian, pseudo-Piratical and faux-Fae inspirations as we interpret all of our new loot.