Steampunk Bitz | July 10, 2008
Let me say to begin with… I am a firm believer that you cannot just smack a gear on something and call it Steampunk. The most beautiful Steampunk mods I’ve seen combine asthetics with function. A gear turns something, it makes something else move that makes something else do something. If you are going to use a gear in a steampunk item, hopefully it is useful, or at the very least, makes something move. There is, thankfully, more to steampunk than just gears and old watch parts!
If you already know what steampunk is, you can skip this next paragraph.
What is Steampunk? Good question… Look here: http://steampunkworkshop.com/ and here: http://thesteampunkhome.blogspot.com/ , try here: http://www.datamancer.net/, and of course, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk
It’s a genre I’ve been following for a while. Until this point I’ve been too scared to attempt anything serious myself. Well, I’ve done jumped in the Time Machine and turned the key. I’ve taken apart something relatively expensive and I will post pictures of its progress soon.
In the meantime, some Steampunk treasure hunting tips!
When I first learned that such a genre existed and saw pictures of the wonderful mods of Jake Von Slatt and Datamancer, among others… I was very excited. How thrilling! To me, like jumping off a cliff! How could they RISK something as expensive as a computer, laptop, LCD screen, an entire piece of furniture!? Well, perhaps they have more money than I do. Or perhaps just more guts. I looked up “Steampunk” on Ebay and saw maybe one page of a few random things. That was a year or more ago, and steadily the market for Steampunk is increasing. There are hundreds of items listed on Ebay now. Folks are catching on and getting creative. Which in turn mean things like Cogs and Gears are becoming harder to find. The secondhand (haha) market for used watch parts is quite brisk.