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DIY decor: Steampunk toilet paper holder


DIY decor sometimes couldn't be simpler.

Or more awesome.

Or more used.

We use this every day. It's our Steampunk-inspired toilet paper roll holder. We love it.

We made ours like our DIY Decor Steampunk shelf, which we also love.

All the pipe and parts are black steel gas pipe. It's available in any home center and most hardware stores in the plumbing aisle. Everything we used here is 1/2-inch diameter.

All you need is…

(1) floor flange
(1) 2-inch nipple (yes, they're called that)
(1) elbow
(1) 5-inch nipple
(1) cap
This is even a great project for kids to do.

Screw everything together, then install on the wall. Tip: We like to clean the oily residue the pipe comes with from the store with Simple Green and water. And when we're done, we like to clear coat the piece to prevent rust with some Krylon.

For installing this DIY decor over wood paneling, we like drywall screws. For drywall, try this no-dust tip for using hollow wall anchors. Install vertically or horizontally. Both give a fun look.


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“Sisyphus Engine № 1” Steampunk marble machine animation-Blender Bullet engine


One of my final 3D Uni assignments was to create a kinetic sculpture or Rube Goldberg machine. This is what happened… I hope you enjoy ‘The Sisyphus Engine”
I used Blender for the 3D work, despite having a good crack at Maya. The clincher was Blender's ability to handle animated concave objects within the Bullet engine, which don't seem to be catered for as well in Maya or Houdini, which I also tried.

For the technically minded, this animation has 56 balls, 32 constraints, and only 2 keyframes from which everything else is driven either by the physics engine, or in some cases (steam engine, cogs, big wheel and Archimedes screw) by simple expressions.

Thanks especially to denha for so much inspiration from his real machines.

Please also check out the Yale Percussion Group's performance of Steve Reich's Sextet. Amazing work, which I've brazenly borrowed this extract from, under the banner of ‘Educational Fair Use'. Please don't kill me Steve.

And Dale Cieslak's wood shaders available on were great to work with, and helped me get the look I was after.


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DIY Friday – Making steampunk portholes – Artsmith Craftworks


Stephan J. Smith, Dr. Steampunk, shows how to make steampunk portholes out of disposable contact lens containers!

Artsmith Craftworks

I love custom requests, if you have an idea for a project, let's talk!

“When trash meets vision, art happens!!”
Our modern life creates a constant stream of refuse; some is recycled, some is buried in landfills, some sits at the bottom of the ocean. And some, the truly lucky bits, are re-purposed into new things: things of usefulness, beauty and inspiration. This is what I love to do.

My main interest is dimensional art in various forms. I currently focus on paper, including cut paper sculpture and handcast paper, but with an emphasis on mache. I also have a special love for recycling materials that would have otherwise gone into the trash. Many of my papier mache projects wind up using pieces and parts of plastic, metal or wood that came from packaging, manufacturing or scrap.

I love custom requests, if you have an idea for a project, let's talk!
-Stephan J Smith


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Steampunk – Imaginarium #02 S1 [Création d’univers]


IMAGINARIUM est une émission de création d'univers de fiction.
Pour cette deuxième émission, nous traiterons du genre STEAMPUNK.

Élaborons donc un univers de machineries, de vapeur et d'engrenages à travers les Îles Volantes !

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How to Steampunk a Nerf Gun (Zombiestrike)


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