CLOSER: a Clockwork Operetta

Posted by on August 17th,2012

It’s not exactly Steampunk, but the overall sensibility is in a similar spirit:

Interesting idea at the very least:

Clockwork Sky

Victorian Vader

Posted by on August 15th,2012

From EPBOT’s Jen, a lovely mod of a Darth Vader mask into something more appropriate for a Victorian dark master:

Click the link to see more of the process and the finished product!

Victorian newspapers available online

Posted by on August 14th,2012

The British Library has made two million pages of Victorian era newspapers available online.

Pages from two major papers are available at no charge; others require payment to access. Still, a very fun look into Victorian history and a great source of inspiration for projects!





[via @AirshipEmbassy]

Steampunk Lara Croft? Yes, please

Posted by on August 13th,2012

Via Geeks are Sexy comes this lovely Steampunk Lara Croft outfit by Meagan Marie:

Check out the link above for more shots and details of the design!

“Steam-powered” Portal Gun

Posted by on March 28th,2012

A very nice weapons mod:

Brought to our attention by Meredith Scheff at The Steampunk Workshop.

This beautiful Mac rig uses outfits a classic Macintosh with a well-done aesthetic overhaul and a keyboard pulled from an antique Remington typewriter. Truly a thing of beauty!

Image courtesy of Dvice

See a little more detail at Dvice.

Why we care about SOPA and PIPA

Posted by on January 18th,2012

Being “the lighter side of Steampunk”, we generally shy away from all matters political. But SOPA (a bill that’s been “shelved” for now), and it’s equivalent PIPA, are directly relevant to us — because if either of them pass, we might not be able to exist.

In short, these bills would put the onus on Brass Goggles to check every single site we link to in order to be sure they don’t have any material that infringes copyright on them. If we fail, we could be taken offline in the US, even though we don’t host any of the material ourselves. This is not something we have the capability to do – our volunteer staff is hard-working, but there’s no way we could check every single link.

If PIPA passes, it’s likely only a matter of time before our beloved blog and forum are taken offline.

If you care about this site, too, please:

  • If you live in the US, contact your Senators about PIPA and your Representative about SOPA. You can use the link in the black bar at the top of the blog and forum to find them.  Phone calls are best!
  • If you live outside the US, contact your State Department. Telling them that these bills will affect you negatively can lead to international pressure; and it will send the message that such legislation wouldn’t be desirable in your country either.

Skeleton pens to make you swoon

Posted by on January 10th,2012

Montblanc has a series of very rare Skeleton pens, and while they aren’t strictly steampunk, they certainly tickle all the right fancies to feel at home in a steampunk wardrobe.  Now all I need is to scrape up the $90,000 it takes to own one…

Photo by Montblanc Pen Lover

[via rare pens]

This is the droid we’re looking for

Posted by on January 7th,2012

Artist ameobabloke created a lovely “antique R2D2″ droid:

Image courtesy of Amoebabloke

[via technabob]