THE BEST Steampunk

Retractable Blade Lightsaber Plasma Sword

Retractable Blade Lightsaber Plasma Sword

The Hacksmith has been trying to build a real-world lightsaber for quite some time now. The closest he’s gotten up until now is a deadly electric heating element. Now his shop has created a version that retracts like the ones in Star Wars, burning a 4000ºF beam of plasma. That brass and copper steampunk hilt is too cool for words.

Making a Steampunk Lamp

Making a Steampunk Lamp

Athens, Greece artist Roman Parkhin of Banjo Show makes unique sculptures with a steampunk aesthetic. Watch as he turns an assortment of hardware, tubing, and vintage radio tubes into a funky accent light under a glass dome. At its center is a radiometer, a device which spins when exposed to the heat generated by a light.

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Brass GameBoy Color

Brass GameBoy Color

Inspired by the Nintendo GameBoy Color he had when he was a kid, artist and electronics wiz Jiri Praus made a custom version of the handheld, featuring a shiny brass front and a see-through back which exposes its meticulously bent brass wiring. He had to use an emulator instead of original hardware, but it’s still beautiful.

When Your Friend Goes Steampunk

When Your Friend Goes Steampunk

“I ain’t cracked up. I live in the clock now.” Levi decides to give up modern life for the steampunk world, while Cedric is doubtful about his lifestyle choices in this classic sketch from Key & Peele. Did somebody say something about Ratatouille?

Making a 2-Stroke Table Lamp

Making a 2-Stroke Table Lamp

Colin Furze made a steampunk bedside lamp that you wouldn’t want anywhere near your bed. It’s a lamp that’s powered by a chainsaw engine, which is connected to a generator. It even has a throttle so he can rev up the light.

Nixie Tube Spectrum Visualizer

Nixie Tube Spectrum Visualizer

This amazing bit of retrofuturist tech uses over 1400 electronic components to display a visual representation of audio using 32 vintage Soviet era Nixie tubes. The base is made of solid acacia and oak with brass accents, and it can accept analog or digital audio inputs.

They Are Billions

They Are Billions

World War Z meets steampunk in this upcoming strategy game. In They Are Billions, you raise a colony while trying to fend off a buttload of zombies. Up to 20,000 units can be onscreen at once. Fortunately, you can pause the game at any time to issue commands.

DIY R2-D2 Steampunk Teapot

DIY R2-D2 Steampunk Teapot

AWE me shows us how to make a teapot from a Victorian galaxy far, far away. They built an Artoo body around a teapot using aluminum bars and sheets, epoxy, a cake bowl and bits and bobs from a junkyard.

Starling Pocket Watches

Starling Pocket Watches

Artist Frank Cohen created Starling, a line of steampunk pocket watches which twinkle with color behind their cutout covers. Each one comes in a cool resin box designed by Disney Imagineer Terri Hardin Jackson, sculpted with elements from the accompanying short story.

The Steampunk World’s Fair 2015

The Steampunk World’s Fair 2015

Cosplay filmmakers BeatdownBoogie show off some of the awesome and offbeat costumes, props and mechanical creations that surfaced at the Steampunk World’s Fair – an event we never heard of but must attend next year.

Cat Transit System

Cat Transit System

Built by architecture firm Because We Can as part of a Mad Scientist-themed remodeling project for a client, the cat-tube runs across the room’s walls and has viewing ports and hidden access points.

Steampunk Corkscrew

Steampunk Corkscrew

Rob Higgs knows how to open a bottle of wine like a boss. Using hundreds of bronzed metal springs, gears and other parts, he built this incredible machine to uncork and pour a bottle of wine.

Arthur and the Nautilus

Arthur and the Nautilus

Musician Arthur van Poppel has invented a variety of odd vehicles for his one-man-band act, but our favorite has to be The Nautilus, a steampunk craft inspired by Jules Verne. Plus, it shoots flames.

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The Deadliest Game

The Deadliest Game

Lord Broadforce seems to be a cruel soldier, but when it comes to aliens, he’s quite the expert. A short film from the Media Design School, based on WETA Workshop’s Dr Grordbort universe.

El Pulpo Mechanico

El Pulpo Mechanico

One of the highlights from Burning Man 2011, Duane Flatmo’s mechanical cephalapod shoots flames from its 8 tentacles, and fear into the hearts of anyone who dare to cross its path.

Eye of the Storm

Eye of the Storm

Animated steampunk music video of Lovett’s song Eye of the Storm, from his debut album Highway Collection. Written and directed by Christopher Alender. Watch the making of video here.

Steampunk House

Steampunk House

The unassuming exterior of this house in Sharon, Massachusetts belies the awesome steampunk interior design and furniture inside. It was redesigned by steampunk specialists ModVic.

Col. J. Fizziwig’s Blasters

Col. J. Fizziwig’s Blasters

These beautiful hand-painted steampunk guns look spanking good chap, especially alongside your Comptometer. They also are great for cosplay when you need to blast away your dreadful foes.

Flow Chart: Is it Steampunk?

Flow Chart: Is it Steampunk?

If you have any question what this whole “steampunk” thing is all about, we bring you this simple informational diagram which should set things straight once and for all.

Black Widow Steampunk Chopper

Black Widow Steampunk Chopper

We have few details about this concept bike, called the Black Widow and created by Solifague Design, but no matter – we admire the dramatic color combo and excellent steampunk style anyway.

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League of STEAM: Fool’s Gold

League of STEAM: Fool’s Gold

League of STEAM’s Fool’s Gold will have you swearing off Lucky Charms: steampunk tech meets leprechaun magic, and the results are definitely not all butterflies and rainbows.

Steampunk Prof. X Wheelchair

Steampunk Prof. X Wheelchair

Daniel Valdez’s Steampunk Professor X. Wheelchair is epic: made with a 150 year-old rocking chair, it’s powered with Arduino/Adafruit and has chilled vodka and cranberry juice on tap.

Steampunk Aether Monitor

Steampunk Aether Monitor

Steampunk technology may seem full of hot air, but it’s actually filled with something else: this Aether Monitor (available in brass or silver) will keep your Airship (and your fantasies) afloat.

1945A (Short Film)

1945A (Short Film)

The “A” stands for alternate reality in Ryan Nagata’s 1945A, shot on a $2,000 budget; in it, the Nazis spring a lumbering diesel-punk surprise on the Allies just before the end of WW2.

Music Video: Madder Mortem

Music Video: Madder Mortem

Death metal band Madder Mortem’s video for Where Dream & Day Collide is a sci-fi mashup that’s too good to pass up; it’s a delicious blend of steampunk, fantasy, Avatar, and The Matrix.

Star Wars Steampunk

Star Wars Steampunk

Outland Armour strikes back with Steampunk Star Wars, which debuted at Dragon Con 2009; top picks go to a WWI-styled Vader and an epically armored Boba Fett. (galleries: 1, 2).

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