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.”

[via Design Taxi]

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.

[via Neatorama]

This awesome clockwork pedicab is the work of Doktor A., steampunk character artist and designer of amazing collectible toys. This piece is going to be part of his contribution to the upcoming Monsters & Mifits III group show curated by Circus Posterus and Tomenosuke-Syoten and taking place from September 13th to 26th at the Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama, Japan.
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This awesome clockwork pedicab is the work of Doktor A., steampunk character artist and designer of amazing collectible toys. This piece is going to be part of his contribution to the upcoming Monsters & Mifits III group show curated by Circus Posterus and Tomenosuke-Syoten and taking place from September 13th to 26th at the Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama, Japan.

[via Super Punch]

New Jersey-based artist Sue Beatrice of All Natural Arts transforms antique pocket watches and other time pieces into awesome works of art using their own clockwork components.

"Combining talent and imagination with a love of nature, the designs are created with the environment in mind. Recycled, upcycled and repurposed objects are combined with natural elements into unique, Earth-friendly and artistic items sensitive to the limits of our natural resources."

No longer keeping time, Sue gives discarded old watches new life as intricate and surisingly lifelike sculptures of animals, human figures, and more. There is something almost magical about these pieces. For example, we wouldn’t be surprised to hear that the clockwork rabbit seen above had suddenly up and hopped away.

Click here to view more.

[via My Modern Metropolis and Colossal]

A creative group of metal workers from the village of Deulina, near the city of Ryazan in Russia, created this awesome one-of-a-kind Steampunk locomotive barbecue pit. Weighing 4 tons, this functional work of art was skillfully forged from scrap automobile, motorcycle, and train parts.

"…the locomotive has three work bays – two 60-cm-long grilling pits in the main body and a trailer that acts as a stove. The first compartment is designed for barbecuing kebabs and can accommodate up to twenty skewers, while the second one is equipped with a rotating spit for roasting chicken and large pieces of meat. Some of the locomotive parts are actually functional, like the large brass wheel in the cabin that rotates the spit."

"The inside of the locomotive furnace is lined with fireclay bricks and while barbecue charcoal can be used as “fuel”, the Wizards of Deulina (as its creators are referred to in the Russian article) recommend birch or oak logs for extra flavor. Equipped with three smokestacks, the locomotive grill doubles as a great smokehouse.”

[via Oddity Central and Neatorama]