These dreamlike sculptures are the work of Chinese artist Hu Shaoming, sculptor and graduate of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. For his city series Shaoming created an awesome transparent blue mechanical seahorse, submerged in water with a silver cityscape on the top of its head emerging from the surface of the water.

For a series dealing with the concept of time, Shaoming disassembled old objects, such as cameras and telephones, and then rebuilt them with the surreally beautiful addition of zippers which open to reveal the inner mechanisms of each device.

Check out more awesome artwork by Hu Shaoming on

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Gold Insecta Lamp, 2013 by Choe U-Ram from U-Ram Choe on Vimeo.

This awesome metal creature, called the Gold Insecta Lamp, is the work of South Korean artist U-Ram Choe. It’s a delicate and wondrous biomorphic kinetic sculpture that functions as a lamp. Although it looks like a magical object, the device is made of metal, magnets, machinery, electronics and LEDs. Choe made an equally beautiful silver version as well.

Visit U-Ram Choe’s website to explore more of his otherworldly creations.

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Markus1984 built this awesomely elaborate LEGO Steampunk AT-AT for round three of the MOC Madness 2014 Steam Wars competition. Because it’s part of an ongoing competition, Markus had only seven days to build this walker, which makes its many details that much more impressive. It even features two little minifigs hard at work stoking the engine. The walker appears to be a well-oiled machine from top to bottom, but that devoted crew is still doomed if the walker falls over.

Click here to check out more entries from the competition.

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Most guinea pigs spend their days simply being impossibly cute and eating as many vegetables and as much hay as they possibly can. Pulguinha the Steampunk Guinea Pig does all of those things while wearing an awesome pair of brass and leather wings. We hope she sometimes gets to hang out with a guinea pig wearing scale-mail armor as well.

Pulguinha’s fantastic harness was created by Silvia Ferreira’s SkyPirate Creations, Porto, Portugal-based makers of alternative clothing, leather and other crafts.

To see more of Pulguinha and the work of SkyPirate Creations, visit their Facebook page. Many of their Steampunk wares are available for purchase via Rebels Market, Storenvy and Etsy.

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This tentacular octopus hairpiece is the work of Australian artist Kirstie Williams (deviantARTist Deeed), who created it as part of a magnificent costume for a steampunk ball she recently attended. Williams documented each step of the elaborate creation process, which involved sculpting a foam core, covering it in long artificial hair wefts and then enhancing it with copper-colored paint and a few obligatory brass gears. The hirsute cephalopod was then attached to an Arda Candy Striper wig. As you can see, the result of all her effort is nothing short of spectacular.

Williams is currently auctioning off a commission for one customized octopus hairpiece just like the one seen here. The auction ends June 15, 2014. Click here for details.

Top three photos by Gillian B Dragancaor.

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Although his workshop in Minsk officially exists to repair appliances, Belarusian Dmitry Tihonenko is also an artist who transforms humble household appliances into fully functional steampunk works of art. His own fridge, microwave, coffee machine, television, stereo, dishwasher, most of his furniture and even his mobile phone have all been given stunning steampunk makeovers.

What has become an obsession began as a hobby while Dmitry was serving in the military:

“The hobby to metal began in the army, when I served in the Northern Fleet in the Barents Sea. On the ship, there are many details made of the copper, which you regularly have to scrub. Gradually it turned into a habit.”

“From my grandmother I have got an old but working fridge, it was pity to throw in the trash, and I decided to “upgrade” it.”

The funny thing is, while he’s been ‘upgrading’ appliances for years, it wasn’t until 2011 that Dmitry learned that there was a name for his beloved aesthetic of riveted brass and copper, wood, ornate handles and lots of buttons and knobs.

Head over to EnglishRussia for many additional photo of Dmitry Tihonenko’s steampunk housewares.

"Well, of course I’m being childish! There’s no point being grown-up if you can’t be childish sometimes."

Sandbach, Cheshire, UK-based Playmobil member Emma J made is awesome custom set of steampunk Doctor Who toys featuring a TARDIS, a Dalek, and the 4th Doctor. Tom Baker looks great in tiny plastic form. We hope that beautiful TARDIS is full of Jelly Babies.

Playmobil + Doctor Who = Awesome

Click here to view more of Emma J’s custom Playmobil creations.

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Chicago-based artist Justin Gershenson-Gates, of A Mechanical Mind, uses the insides of old watches to create awesome little clockwork creatures and beautiful pieces of jewelry.

"As a child, I would take my toys apart in order to see how they worked, but was never able to put them back together again. Now, I take dead old watches from the top drawers of the world, and rearrange their bits and widgets into whimsical designs.

My aim is to show the beauty of the mechanical world, a place generally hidden from the public behind metal and glass. My pieces display the more delicate and ephemeral side of gears, rather than the cold, hard factory feel they normally portray.

Visit Justin’s DeviantART Gallery and A Mechanical Mind to check out more of his elaborate creations. Original sculptures (like the ones pictured here) and pieces of jewelry are available via his Etsy shop.”

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Russian artist Aleksandr Mushkin custom-made this awesome Hippopotamus Safe using wood and a variety of beautiful brass instruments and objects.

"This one demanded not just an art idea but also really a lot of inventiveness - I had to invent a conundrum-lock. And not the only one. I wanted to create something bitween [sic] the safe from the Gringotts Bank, steam-engine and military gear. I used antique opera binoculars, the napkin holder, casings from anti-tank weapons Oerlikon, furniture handles, pendulums of clocks, the clarinet, gears, neodymium magnets and printing proofs (19th century).”

This exquisite hippo sculpture actually features two small safes, one in the side and one in the rump.

Visit Aleksandr’s deviantART gallery to view more photos of his intricate Hippopotamus Safe as well as other clever creations.

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