Archive for 2011


How To: Convert a Nerf Gun to Steampunk

   Posted by: manny    in DIY, Ideas, Props

GizmoWatch posted an excellent tutorial that teaches you how to convert a cheap Nerf toy gun into a nice steampunk gun prop.

Total cost is less than $40.00, not bad at all!

1) Start with the mini screwdriver. Take out all the screws you see on the Maverick gun. Keep in mind to separate the different sized screws. The back cocking screws are smaller than the main body screws. Separate the two halves and welcome to the machinery of the gun. Pull out each and every part after noting the place and position of every little spring. This is a very IMPORTANT step and sketch yourself a quick diagram to help you in putting things back, where they belong. One part in the wrong position, and your gun malfunctions.

2) Time for sand paper work!

Read the full tutorial!

[GizmoWatch via TDW Geeks]


Underwater Steampunk?

   Posted by: manny    in Art

Underwater steampunk? Sure, why not?

I stumbled onto JulietteGunn’s interesting photo series, as she floats in water dressed in her steampunk fashion.

A cute gal, and very interesting idea. Follow the link to view her underwater gallery!

[via JulietteGunn on DeviantArt]


Steampunk Octopus at Burning Man

   Posted by: manny    in Gadgets, Video

At the recent Burning Man, this incredible steampunk-styled octopus blew the minds of all attendees. This magnificent machine was made by Duane Flatmo, and he calls it “El Pulpo Mechanico.”

Commenters have claimed it really had to be seen to be believed. When it blew fire from it’s head, it emitted incredible heat for about 50 feet all around.

So amazing!

[via BoingBoing]


Steampunk at DragonCon 2011

   Posted by: manny    in Conventions

This exquisite steampunk lady was photographed in Atlanta at DragonCon 2011… which starts today!

Excellent outfit! I love the hat and jacket. And what’s that she’s holding in her hand? Looks like a steampunk iPad! Very cool, I’d love to get a closer look at that.

This photo was taken by Kyle Nishioka. He’s posting a growing collection of DragonCon photos on Flickr, so be sure to check them out.

Hope everyone has a steamy time at DragonCon this weekend!


Steampunk Batman from Baltimore

   Posted by: manny    in Costumes, Ideas

I’ve posted several versions of Steampunk Batman in the past, and here is yet another splendid take on the concept.

Don’t you love the mustache? This steamy caped crusader was spotted at the recent Baltimore Comic-Con. Great outfit… my only criticism would be a bigger, steamier utility belt, perhaps. Just a minor nitpick, it’s hard to tell as his hands are in the way.

Excellent job, Sir!

[Crossposted from MyDisguises]


Steampunk Darth Vapour

   Posted by: manny    in Props

Check out Darth Vapour, the Dark Lord of Steam!

This awesome helmet is currently on display at the The Greatest Steampunk Exhibition in West London. I love the description in the photo:

The Dark Lord strives to seduce the powerful to the “Steamy Side”.

The Steam is strong with this one!

[via Fashionably Geek]


Awesome Steampunk Insects

   Posted by: manny    in Art, Ideas

Artist Mike Libby makes these fascinating steampunk insects out of old watch parts. Really gorgeous work!

These critters are for sale, but not through a typical online shopping cart. Interested buyers need to email Mike directly at I’m curious what these go for, I think I’d like one for my desk!

Borrowing from science fiction and fact, Insect Lab customizes real insect specimens with antique watch parts and other technological components. From ladybugs to grasshoppers, each is individually hand adorned, and original- a unique celebration of the contradictions between nature and technology.

[InsectLabStudio via]


Gorgeous Steampunk Loft for Sale in Manhattan

   Posted by: manny    in DIY, Gadgets, Ideas highlights an incredible steampunk loft for sale in Manhattan. Wow this is amazing! The asking price is a mere $1,750,000.

The entire loft is steampunkified, from the submarine front door (with working porthole) to the floating, color-changing zeppelin — this needs to be seen to be believed!

Have you ever wanted to live inside the retro-futuristic world of a Jules Verne novel? Do you prefer submarine portholes to skyline views? Then say hello to your dream home.

Head on over to to view full gallery and complete write-up. So amazing!



Steampunk My Little Pony T-Shirt

   Posted by: manny    in Art, Fashion

The perfect steampunk shirt for My Little Pony fans! Funny idea. But where is Pinky and Rarity? Even without them, though, this shirt is still very cool. It’s for sale for $25.00 on

Steampunk My Little Pony? You know you want it! It’s a slice of equestria Victoriana, complete with jetpacks!



Steampunk Disney Princesses

   Posted by: manny    in Conventions, Costumes

This is great… steampunk Disney princesses at the recent Otakon 2011.

Absolutely gorgeous! It reminds me of a related post from last year, Steampunk Disney Princesses Artwork.

Great job, ladies!

[via Flickr]

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