iPhone Dock and Autodesk 123D Tutorial

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Autodesk 123D Design iPhone dock tutorial and 2007 Lincoln Town Car SatNav Radio Audio-in hack. (Jump to 7:20 in the video to get straight to the tutorial) A couple of weeks ago I bought a new vehicle, a 2007 Lincoln Town Car. The car came with a Satellite Navigation radio with

Wet Plate Photography … on an iPhone Back!

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When I started on my iPhone back project I actually researched wet plate photography, the process of putting an emulsion on glass, exposing it, and developing it into an image. How awesomely steampunk that would be! However, though I've done a little black and white developing and printing in

Custom Glass iPhone Backs

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Make your own custom iPhone back glass images! I figured out how to separate the glass panel from an iPhone back and put any image on it. What follows is my step by step howto for transferring a laser printed image to the inside of the glass back on an

TJG Engineering – Steampunk iPhone on eBay

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I’m sure you’ll all remember The James Gang from the New York Times style section piece on steampunk a while back.  In the article they talked about a high end Steampunk boutique in Manhattan.  Well, TJG Engineering may be ready to come out of ‘stealth mode’ as they now

The Future of SteamPunk Fashion — SteamPunk Magazine #7

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Our own Libby Bulloff has a wonderful article in the current issue of SteamPunk Magazine. Libby makes the case for what needs to happen for Steampunk to become a sustainable style rather than mere and fleeting fashion. Within, she examines current trends in Steampunk dress and warns that: We’re

Victorian Organ Command Desk & Steampunk Home Tour

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You'll recall I recently visited the Steampunk home of Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum. During that visit Bruce showed me a partially finished project that I decided really needed a story of it's own when it was completed This is the "Victorian Organ Command Desk" that Bruce commissioned. It's made

Jake’s 2009 Steampunk Gift Guide – A few of my favorite things.

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The definition of steampunk is still a fluid and flexible thing, and that's exactly how I like it.  When we talk about what steampunk is we talk in generalities and we leave a lot open for interpretation and thus creativity. But there are some memes in steampunk which are

Steampunk Tales #2

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I finally found a few minutes to sit down and take a look at Steampunk Tales and I was pleasantly surprised.  Steampunk Tales is an anthology of short fiction which is delivered to you digitally in multiple formats: Emulating the style of the pulp adventure magazines of the 1920s

Retro Cellphone Handset

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Here’s a project of mine from a few years ago, it’s an LG mobile ‘embedded’ into an old Western Electric model 500 handset. The Bell Model 500 desk phone manufactured for decades by Western Electric is an icon of Twentieth Century product design.  The evolution of the Model 500’s

Workshop Telephone

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I started this project quite some time ago, in fact some of you may have seen it at Maker Faire back in May.  Originally, this was intended to be an example of ‘how to steampunkify an object.’  The idea being that by removing the casing and exposing the interesting