Homemade steampunk neck-brace

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Man, I read “Homemade” and thought “Hrmm, that seems like the kind of thing I’d happily let somebody make for me” - then I realized that you really just meant “self-decorated”

I see chest-gears and I think:


The steampunk gears… could they be lasercut? Using actual metal cogwheels for cosmetic purposes comes to me as a sort of a waste of good parts.

Can anyone tell me how a hot-glued scattering of apparently-pointless gears came to be the default representation of ‘steampunk’ as an aesthetic?

I mean, I’m familiar with the literary antecedents of the genre, but… why gear wheels hot-glued onto hats and the like?

(And which is more curious: the lone, unengaged, unpartnered gear looking sadly pointless, or the three (or more) triangulated gears, interlocked into total immobility?)

Is it just that modern-day folks don’t understand how gears work or what they’re for? Or is there something more complex going on here?


Maybe it is a metaphor about being a useless cog in an useless unnecessarily complex malfunctioning machine?



Snark aside, it’s a nifty way to decorate what I presume is a pretty crappy thing to have to wear.


Then there’s the ur-steam-punk-neck-brace worn by Gabriele Ferzetti as Morton, in “Once Upon a Time in the West”…wonderfully complicated, and on a steam train…




I’m not sure if Hark! A Vagrant is obligatory the way XKCD is, but it should be.

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I know steampunk is just an aesthetic, but I still wish it really was people making steampowered/clockwork equivalents of electronic items.

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Even pressurized air instead of steam would be fun. It can be retrofitted later and air-only is easier in some ways.

Hope 3d printing of things like mechanical linkages, gears and valves will help here.

airpunk. dunno, feels too soft to me.

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Mechanics, pressure tightness, condensation issues and water hammers, corrosion issues… too much for everything at once.

Start with air. Graduate to steam. :stuck_out_tongue:

Also, steam is too hot for most of the printable plastics. Air systems will allow parallel development until 3d printing of metals becomes an at-home mainstream.


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