Saturday, June 15, 2013

Saturday Steam 6/15/13

You'll think this minute-long vid is a fine art project, it's so beautiful -  plus the music feels right out of the Lord of the Rings! - but it turns out it's actually a commercial for Omega watches. Well played, Omega.

(Thanks for the link, Kathleen L.!)

Gina H. found this adorable goggled and winged bunny brooch:

There are lots of "bunnyfly" variations at the Rustwoods etsy shop, too, with all different colors and metal tones and accessories. (Plus the pink bunnies totally look like steampunk Peeps. Which is kind of awesome.)

They're only about an inch high, too, which makes 'em EXTRA cute.

- Amanda of The Steampunk Ledger combined a dollar store water pistol with a blue "finger light" (a small LED, I believe) to make this stunning garter pistol:

She also made a garter belt holster for it from leather and lace. Lovely!

- You guys already know I am not versed in the wizardly art of sewing, but for those of you who are, these embroidery design patterns over at Urban Threads are pretty dang sweet:


For $9 you get all six designs included in the "Mechanica Aquatica" machine embroidery pack, or for $3 you can get the hand-embroidery patterns, which I'm guessing would take just a few days short of forever to do. ;)

- And finally, here's a fun little number by The Spine of Steam Powered Giraffe that I can't seem to stop re-playing. (Um, if you're not familiar with SPG, then this is going to be pretty bizarre - so I'd suggest checking out their original songs, which are a lot more steampunky. This Rihanna cover is oddly mesmerizing, though - plus the giraffe cracked me up.)

Oh, and 1:35 is when the magic happens. Gotta love The Spine's range!

Have a great weekend, everyone! And as always, please share your steamy finds in the comments or over on the Epbot Facebook page!


  1. Now I've got the Giraffe guy singing in my head ... but the lyric is "Shine bright like a sea-whores" ...

  2. SPG is the best. Both David and Bunny have the most ridiculous range.

  3. That is SO now my favorite song!!

  4. Those embroidery patterns are AMAZING. And right on the heels of seeing this story, I feel like I have to step up my stitching game!

  5. My husband, while I was watching this video: "Why are you watching steampunk singing mimes?" Well, that's one way to describe them...

  6. LOVE the SPG cover! Also, is it just me, or does the giraffe remind anyone else of the hat from Labyrinth? Seriously, I kept waiting to hear it say, "Please! Leave a contribution in the little box!"

    (Sorry if this comes through as a double post, Jen! :( My browser went wonky on me.)

  7. I am now strangely fascinated with Steam Powered Giraffe. It's so...mesmerizing...Wish the Honeybee song was shorter though....I want to use it for my 1st dance at my wedding! It's so cute!

  8. I've been soured on Urban Threads since reading about how they sold patterns that were copies of Sublime Stitching's work. So I'd like to recommend SS instead, all original designs and I've always had a great experience ordering from them.

    Here's the article, I hope, I have TERRIBLE luck with Epbot commenting on my iPhone, it almost always freezes up and eats my comment... here goes!

  9. I'm not sure about Urban Threads ripping off Sublime Stitching's designs. The evidence shown in that boingboing article shows similar designs, but in both cases they were different enough that I'd say no, they aren't using Sublime's graphic. The idea, ... even that, no, not so sure - there are thousands of 'dog profile' graphics, and christmas ornaments too. The christmas ornaments are shapes we've seen for decades. The two dogs are quite different and visually, sorry to say Urban Threads' design pleases me more.

    I don't want to start a flame war here, so please don't be offended as that's not my intent. I have seen images stolen directly, and that really annoys me, but this specific instance doesn't look like it to me.

  10. SPG is awesome, my stepkids (14-10) all asked why they aren't on the radio and my five year old was like SINGING ROBOTS MOMMY!!! Great voices, I hope to catch them at a con one day

  11. The music in the Omega ad is "Smiling" from the "Man on Fire" soundtrack, written by Harry Gregson-Williams:

  12. Count me as another who's become obsessed/fascinated by Steam Powered Giraffe based on this video. I have a mad ladycrush on The Spine, and have spent the past three days diving in head first into everything SPG. Not a fan of everything they've done, but the whole package is amazeballs.

    I saw in one interview that they have so much varied content - the image/costumes, the theatrics/mime, the comedy and the music - to be able to offer at least a little something for everyone to appreciate.

  13. Steam Powered Giraffe really reminds me of Voltaire, with his exaggerated facial expressions and overall silliness.

  14. I love using the Urban Thread hand embroidery designs as jumping points for poly clay, painting, etc. They are also really easy to use carving signs since they are basically just a detailed outline. Sometimes I print them out for my 3 year old daughter to color as well.

  15. I am so in love with The Spine.... 2:06 makes me melt. <3 <3 <3

  16. I LOVE SPG and am so bummed they aren't performing this summer at the San Diego Zoo, but I guess steam punk and the Australian Outback don't mesh! LOL
    The Seahorse embroidery patch is super cute! All of those would look great framed and hung on a wall =D

  17. Well. Thanks Jen. Seriously. In all the years I've been following both of your blogs, I don't think I've ever posted. Despite babbling on about you incessantly to all of my friends about you. And having one of my friends totally track you down at Megacon and grab a pic of herself with you since I couldn't go. (You gave her a pin! It's no in a place of honor on my pin-board.)

    Now you've done it. You've gone and gotten me hooked on a band that I've slim chances of seeing anywhere in the near future. *Shakefist* Darn you and your good taste!!


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