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I love Steampunk; its crazy blend of history and science fiction. I love seeing the contraptions and creativity of other Steampunk enthusiasts. I also love dabbling in some Steampunk of my own. It’s not a very large Steampunk sculpture, but it is one of my favorites. This is “Arachnida Typographicus” the Steampunk spider.

Arachnida Typographicus (Steampunk spider sculpture) - Laura Hepworth

This Steampunk spider sculpture, as I said, is not very large, having a leg-span of only 7 inches. The carapace (main body) of the spider is made from an old watch, while the legs are keys from an old typewriter (hence the name “Arachnida Typographicus”), the abdomen was just a clear plastic bead I had lying around (it actually came from one of the first bags of beads I was ever given when I was 6), and all the parts are held together wire. Sorry, unlike some other Steampunk spider sculptures I’ve seen, my one is simply a sculpture and is not mechanized.

My links:

Deviant Art gallery (primary)
Deviant Art gallery (secondary)

I don’t know about you, but I love Steampunk jewellery. It’s so imaginative and fun. And the jewellery by Steelhip Design is no exception.

Glow in the dark Steampunk necklace - Steelhip Design

The artist behind Steelhip Design is Michelle Murray from Perth, Australia. Why did she choose the name “Steelhip Design”? At a very young age, Michelle was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis and has since had both hips and knees replaced and her right wrist completely fused. But, while it would have been easy to let all this depress her, Michille has not let her physical struggles define her or hold her back. Instead, she feels it has helped to make her a better artist and person. And, wow, what an artist!

Steampunk flying mechanical heart - Steelhip Design

Steelhip Design creates some of the most unique pieces of Steampunk jewellery you are likely to ever find! Her pieces are art assemblage jewellery made with a wide range of materials. From copper, brass, and steel to rubber, wood, strange mechanical parts, clock/watch parts, and many other unusual materials you wouldn’t typically think of for jewellery. Yet she always makes it all come together beautifully. While she has always had a love for creativity, Michelle only recently began selling her work. She opened her shop on Etsy in 2011. On average, she creates 15-20 pieces of jewelry and 2-3 sculptures a month and dedicated to making sure that all her pieces are of the highest quality. Her signature design is the flying mechanical heart shown above.

Antique clock part and optical lens necklace - Steelhip Design

If you’d like to see more from Steelhip Design, here’s where you can find her!

(Temporary) Website

Steampunk spider - Handmaden Designs LLC

Love Steampunk but don’t know where to start? I’ve compiled a short list of Steampunk resources that I hope will be helpful! As there are quite a number of Steampunk websites, blogs, and online communities that I could list among Steampunk resources, I, unfortunately, can’t list them all, but here are some to get you started.


Steampunk Instructables
Designer Daily: 15 useful Steampunk tutorials and resources (for digital art)
Examiner blog post: Roundup Steampunk Craft Tutorials
Webgraphics (for digital art)
The Steampunk Workshop
The Steampunk Lab


The Steampunk Bible by Jeff VanderMeer
Steampunk Your Wardrobe by Calista Taylor
Steampunk Style Jewelry by Jean Campbell
Steampunk Emporium by Jema “Emilly Ladybird” Hewitt
The Art of Steampunk by Art Donovan
Steampunk Magazine by Margaret Killjoy and C. Allegra Hawksmoor

Where to get supplies:

Yard sales/garage sales/rummage sales
Flea markets
Antique stores
Thrift stores
Dumpster diving
Salvage yards
Craft supply stores
Hardware stores

Other Steampunk resources:
The Steampunk Empire

In your search for Steampunk DIY, don’t forget that Youtube and Pinterest are your friends! Now that you have some more ides of where to look, go have some fun and make some Steampunk!

Nautical art on vintage, upcycled atlas pages; by Winterberry Cottage

Winterberry Cottage creates beautiful, upcycled artwork for your home that is truly unique. The artist behind Winterberry Cottage is Amy Lynn. Her artwork is full of whimsy, nostalgia, and is simply beautiful.

Steampunk bee print on vintage paper - Winterberry Cottage

Her prints are beautifully imaginative and are all created on upcycled vintage papers. Sometimes, these papers may be atlas pages (as seen in the at the top of this post) while others are created on pages from old dictionaries. It’s a beautiful blending of old and new, image and text.

You can find her work on both Handmade Artists, as well as, on Etsy. Here are her links!:

Handmade Artists Shop

1,000 Steampunk Creations by Dr. Grymm


If you enjoy Steampunk and creating repurposed artwork, this is a book that you really should add to your reference library (it’s certainly on my reference library wishlist!).  I’ve looked at a lot of books about Steampunk art and this is without a doubt my favorite.  It spans all kinds of artwork from the traditional arts of painting, drawing, sculpture, etc. to fashion (both everyday Steampunk and more theatrical), jewelry, and accessories, as well as, showing a Steampunk spin on home decor. There really doesn’t seem to be any category of the visual arts left out. It’s a great conceptual inspiration book when pondering the unusual reuse objects and bits-and-bobs that might otherwise just get tossed out. Just remember, as with any time when you get inspiration from another artist, be inspired by their work but do not copy!

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