Steampunk inspired works have gained popularity in the recent years and is predicted by IBM in this Forbes Magazine article to be the hottest fashion trend in the next two years as illustrated by this quote.
“During the next two years, IBM predicts that steampunk will shift from low production, high cost “craft” manufacturing to mass production.”
Steampunk inspiration is taken from the Victorian era and incorporates elements of steam power and mechanisms. It often uses old-world materials such as brass, copper, wood, leather, and glass to name a few. It has inspired the reuse of discarded items, such as watch parts, to create artistic and functional art.
More exact definition of Steampunk can be found at wikipedia and other online sources.
Examples of Steampunk pens from penturning friends.
Simon Taylor (aka Si90 on the IAP forum) of Wolf Pens has created some excellent examples of steampunk inspired pens. You can see some of his work in his album on photobucket.com.
Simon had this to say about crafting a Steampunk pen like the one above when I asked him if he had any advice for fellow penturners.
Dennis Peabody (aka denniszoomy at the IAP) creates his steampunk inspired pens using thin metal wrapped around the pen barrel.
Dennis authored this article on how to create Steampunk Pen Blank using copper and aluminum foil. You may download a copy from the IAP library.
Chad Schimmel creates Steampunk designs using old watch parts. See how it’s done in his video series.
Where to find parts.
For more information on where to find steampunk parts, check out this blog article from What the Stork on 5 Ways to Find Steampunk Parts and Supplies.
Ebay online auction site:
IAP Classifieds – Checkout what offerings your pen turning friends may have in the classified ads. Just search for “steampunk” keyword in the search menu.
Crafting a Steampunk inspired pen can be as simple as buying a pre-made pen blank from a fellow penturner, making your own blank using some of the example above, or something totally unique to you. It is an opportunity to expand your pen making skills into new mediums. It may also expand your market to new customers.
There’s also a Facebook page dedicated to Steampunk. With over 450, 000 likes this may be a place to look for inspiration or contact the owner to see if you can share your unique design for a Steampunk Pen.
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