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Saturday Steam 2/19/11

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Check out this amazing "flapping push toy" by Bob Basset:

Molded leather, wood, brass, and little gears in the portholes?

Now THAT is my kind of "toy!"

Many more shots here
I assume those leather wings flap as you push it along the floor, but I'd be hard pressed not to lock it up in a glass display case for fear of damaging it. It's just so gorgeous!

And speaking of great steampunk'd toys, how about a Rubik's Cube?

Matthew A. found this over on Instructables. It's called a Blind Man's Cube, because you can solve it by touch rather than sight. However, all that metal detail goes great with a steampunk aesthetic. (Plus, wouldn't you love to see some gears on this?) Even better, this isn't a difficult mod, so head over to the tutorial to learn more.


A lot of you have been sending me the new Panic! At the Disco's music video, The Ballad of Mona Lisa this week. It is definitely steampunk; the band even recruited the famous League of Steam to be in the video, as well as to help with the costumes and props. (I recognized Mr. Crackitus Potts first thing.)

I had to watch it two or three times before I fully "got" the storyline, but then again I was also distracted by all the steamy eye candy. Heh. Check it out:



And finally, for hours of fun browsing, be sure to bookmark LiveJournal's "Steampunk Style" forum. You'll find oodles of great clothing, jewelry, sculptures, and more. You can thank/curse me later. :D

Seen anything particularly steamy this week? Then tell me about it in the comments!

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36 comments:

  1. Cool toy, though I wouldn't call it a "plush". I'd call it a push to akin to the Fisher-Price Corn Popper.

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  2. I love the flapping toy, that is fantastic!

    Have you ever seen Tom Banwell's blog?
    http://tombanwell.blogspot.com/

    He does amazing work and shows pieces in progres so you can see his process. As a leatherworker I want to be like him and make mind blowing stuff when I grow up.

    Rebecca

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  3. I thought Panic! had given up! I'm so excited, what a cool video/song! Thanks for posting this!

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  4. I want that flapping plush toy. Now.

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  5. Love, love, love your steampunk finds!!!
    Had to smile at all the comments on the Panic at the Disco video on YouTube. Lots of people guessing what the rules meant. They're all traditions of sitting Shiva (Jewish mourning customs). There were some far out guesses.

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  6. OMG. The "flapping push toy" made me want to swoon. There would no way in Heaven or on Earth with God as my witness and in accordance with anything holy would I let my daughter touch it.

    "No! It's MOMMY'S toy!"

    It would go right into the china cabinet, right in the front, pushing my grandparent's Venetian blown glass wedding goblets into the corner.

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  7. Here's a link for creating your own steampunk keyboard
    http://mbarrick.livejournal.com/813718.html

    And this is for 39 computer mods
    http://mbarrick.livejournal.com/813718.html

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  8. Oh my, thanks for sharing the steam - it has been a slow day...

    :)

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  9. Now we know what golden snitches grow up to be.

    @R -Tom Banwell's creations are amazing.

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  10. on thursday, i went to see the national tour of Wicked. i was happily amazed at how deliciously steampunk the show is. the set. the costumes. it was truly an inspirational. if you haven't seen it. go! right now. get your tickets! no... i mean right now! you can thank me later.

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  11. Not steampunky, but I thought of you anyway. At micheals the other day we were looking at the wooden models and found one of an english phone booth and immediately thought TARDIS!!! didn't get it, got a really cool one of a dragon and pheonix and some markers to color it as we are putting it together
    D

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  12. I love love love that video. I can't stop watching it. The whole aspect of Steampunk they added was awesome! I have that same blanket they covered the body with. I got it at Ikea.

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  13. Excellent steam this week! I'll be checking out that Rubick's Cube tutorial. I'm sure you could do it with just about any type of covering. It'd be fun to hand make some for friends as gifts, wedding presents, things like that. :)

    I was at the Arabian Horse Show in Scottsdale, AZ yesterday and one of the Western wear and items vendors was selling a small amount of steampunk stuff. Mostly just off the shelf googles and fake guns, some skull caps, top hats, bowlers, some cool other gadgets, and it wasn't much. But it was neat to see it at a horse show!

    The Burton Inspiration

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  14. Noooot to be crude, but I may have just had a mental orgasm over that toy. Seriously.

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  15. Jen, so glad you asked! Yesterday I attended a steampunk high tea. I just put up a blog post all about it (and how to have one) complete with tons of fun pix of the steampunky wonderfulness. I hope you'll check it out here: http://dianalaurence.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-to-have-steampunk-high-tea.html

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  16. I'm just beginning to get familiar with Steampunk...gotta say though, it is all so beautiful! I love it! Looking forward to learning/seeing more of it!

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  17. Sunday Driver UK has a new blog of the making of their next album.
    http://sundaydriveruk.wordpress.com/

    Also, this is in Austin, but I'm sure the play could be done anywhere.
    http://www.austinlivetheatre.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1879:upcoming-alvida-and-the-airship-pirates-by-john-carroll-weird-city-theatre-at-dougherty-arts-center-february-24-march-12&catid=118:weird-city-theatre-company&Itemid=65
    (Sorry the link is so long).

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  18. Loving your steampunk posts, Jen! This is old news, but my brother and fellow Rush fan just happened to be drooling over this yesterday:Neil Peart's steampunk drum kit

    The sidebar links have more great pics of the band's steampunky other gear from their Time Machine tour. :)

    'Andorian baby with tribble' Kelly

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  19. LOVE this video!!! :) Thanks for posting it.

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  20. A great post!

    This is completely off topic, but as a lurker here and a guy reading your blog (blame my wife for getting me hooked on it!), John makes a ton of awesome things/seems like a true woodworking enthusiast. I would love to get a glimpse inside his workshop, see his set-up, tools, organization. Maybe even a guest post by him on some project or something!

    Just a thought! Thanks!

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  21. Thank you for introducing me to a new favorite band! I've heard of Panic! before, but not in any big way considering I listen to mostly country, but I LOVED their video!

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  22. I cannot stop watching the Panic! at the Disco video. I love the song but hadn't watched the video until you posted it. Now I can't stop watching!

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  23. the music video is just... wow. I am in awe and lucky I don't need my jaw to type because it just hit the floor. :0

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  24. I live in Phoenix and my friends and I are attending the Wild Wild West Con in Tucson in a couple of weeks. I'm working up a Neo-Victorian costume and will be posting pics on my facebook profile for sure. Let me know if you'd like me to share any photos of the con and costumes on your fb page too. :)

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  25. Hey Jen, wanna know something cool and steampunk-y? Guess what's coming to a city near me?

    http://anomalycon.com/

    I'm so excited, and it made me think of you instantly. I'm hopefully going to be able to go, if I do I'll definitely take some pics and send them to you to drool over/get inspiration from!

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  26. Hey, Laura? I'd like to see what you come up with for costuming. :) I'm working on costumes when I have spare change! Otherwise, I'm still making jewels and just finished this yesterday. I'm trying to find a way to work around rising silver prices.
    Copper Cuff

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  27. New twist on spatial puzzles: Rubik's Cube + Horadric Cube = ??? (perhaps cow)

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  28. Recently discovered this clockwork/steampunk vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTdzCAGH3lU

    Have you seen it?

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  29. Jen! Have you seen this

    I hope they make tons more, I'd like to have a Tink, or Chernabog in this style. Think of how epic the villains would look!

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  30. http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoyvinmayvin/5356144467/

    Not steamy but will Ghostbustery work?

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  31. I cannot stop watching the Panic! video. I'm normally not a fan, but that video got me addicted.

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  32. steampunk motercycle
    Found this earlier today, not super steampunk, but it has a nice hint of it.

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  33. ha! when i first saw that video, i thought of you. i LOVE panic, and was so excited to see a new video out, and in steampunk style to boot! yay!

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  34. Is it just me, or was "Mary" in that video Zooey Deschanel?

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