Steampunk Style at Helsinki Bike Show

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers, Geek out!

It’s easy to see why this steampunk-style motorcycle was the showstopper at the Helsinki Bike Show, held June 13, 2015, in Helsinki, Finland. The look and details are incredible!

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Eija Kyllönen / Motouutiset.fi.

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Eija Kyllönen / Motouutiset.fi.

The maker, who only goes by the moniker Jaarni, used a Ukrainian K-750 with a sidecar as the base for the rebuild. Some of the details are reported in Motouutiset.fi by Eija Kyllönen (in Finnish):

“A water-cooled engine stays faithful to the bike’s steampunk vibe. Steampunk combines the age of steam engines with the modern day and latest technology. Emerged in the 1980s from science fiction literature, steampunk embraces concepts and fantasy based on late 1800s industrialization and the Victorian era. This popular art movement has its own small yet dedicated fandom in Finland, so much so that in January this year, a steampunk bar was opened in Helsinki. […]

“The bike is filled with interesting details. The headlight was a veritable find from a 1930s gangster-Citroen, the position lamps come from a 1920s Buick, a genuine steampunk pocket watch is attached to the top of the tank, and so on. The list is endless.

“So far the bike has already won several awards. In this year’s Helsinki Bike Show, it was voted audience favorite and gained second place in the custom build category.”

(translation by Eppu Jensen)

See Motouutiset.fi for more photos!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Steampunk Tailor’s Assistant Bracer

Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials, Geek out!

This leather tailor’s assistant bracer has it all for your steampunk costume first aid needs: replica vintage crane scissors, thimble, needle case with needles, pin cushion and five bobbins of thread. Not only that, it laces up with a fabric measuring tape. Take a look:

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Nick Perry / MardiganEnterprises on Etsy.

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Nick Perry / MardiganEnterprises on Etsy.

 

By Nick Perry / MardiganEnterprises on Etsy. Wow! Such an awesome idea for carrying a small sewing kit with you.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Subtle Steampunk Sanctuary

House Tours, Inspiration

These two photos of a loft apartment stopped me on my tracks:

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Scott Gabriel Morris.

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Scott Gabriel Morris.

The industrial elements – metal, rivets, exposed pipes and brick – plus the patina of the wood and corrugated metal, combined with chunky leather sofas and a few large plants, deliver a certain old-world sentimentality. The result contains a subtle hint of steampunk while retaining modern comforts. Beautifully done! From the residential interiors photo collection by Scott Gabriel Morris at SGM Photography; found via Desire to Inspire.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: DIY Steampunk Jewelry Tutorial

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Fabrics & Materials

If you’re into jewelry making and/or steampunk, you might want to have a look at the tutorial for making an embossed pendant by Adrianne:

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Adrianne at Crafts Unleashed.

See Adrianne’s tutorial at Crafts Unleashed for more!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.