Things used to be prettier: The Slant-O-Matic 500

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Just look at it. I'm spending my holiday getting ready for my Scarf-a-Day project, which means lots of looking at lots of fabric and sewing machines. I've thus far just been using a 1940's singer, but I think it's time for a change, and I want a machine that

Steampunk Etch-a-Sketch

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Reddit user HaloKitty made this as a Christmas present for a friend. Well done!

Sub-culture friendly Gender Playful Marketplace

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UPDATED: Donate now at to get this off the ground! One of the really wonderful things about Steampunk is that it, more than any other sub-culture, seems to want to teach us things. I have always been very interested in the technology of the 19th Century, it's been a passion

“Music, Merriment, and Men in Skirts”

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Abney Park on the Main stage at SteamCon II Well I had a fantastic time in Seattle a couple of weeks ago at SteamCon II! I promised to be a correspondent for Beyond Victoriana for this one so you'll need to head over there to read about the convention,

The Only True Steampunk Project on the Internet

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I can not express how awesome this is! Not only is it Steampunk, but the speed is controlled with and Arduino!  See the whole story here. (this is new from Simon Jansen!)

Gift guide #1: Animal parts

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By BillyBlue22, info below the cut. I'm going to say right off the bat that I am not a fan of the greater american gift giving frenzy. I don't do black friday deals, I don't by things out of some obligation to do so.  However, that being said, I

“Une Saison En Enfer” – Ghost Illusion Automaton by Thomas Kuntz

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Thomas Kuntz, who we've featured here before, wrote me a couple of days ago with his latest project and it is breath-taking! I particularly love the way that Thomas includes the whole story of the creation of his pieces in the videos he produces including the reference artwork and


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This is the first of what is likely to be many posts covering the New Zealand's The League of Victorian Imagineer.  They have a great blog and run a yearly exhibition and fashion show.  The next fasion show will be at Oamaru Opera House on the 5th June 2011.

Blackbird Orchestra at SteamCon II

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Update: It's even better because I just found out that Unwoman (Erica Mulkey) is playing 3 songs with Blackbird Orchestra at SteamCon! OMG! Squee! her Casualties and The Keys albums have been in my rotation since she issued them. Oh Cool! I've just discovered that Blackbird Orchestra is playing SteamCom II

Steampunk Frankenstein Art

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Kevin Mowrer has started a blog to share some of his woderful art.  As you can see the art rocks but what I really like about it is the philosophy behind it: Since I'm in the business of property development, the prevailing dogma says "Don't share anything publicly that