The state of dieselpunk DIY
To be generous, the dieselpunk DIY scene is, well, nascent.
Compared to the steampunk scene, the goths, etc., we haven’t got a whole lot. What we do have, however, is pretty high-quality. I’ve collected everything I’ve found below in hopes of inspiring the makers, modders, and crafters among us.
In the fashion accessories category, we have a just a few examples.
- Interview and how-to for Molly “Porkshanks” Friedrich’s dieselpunk headphone mod on The Steampunk Workshop.
- One of the more dieselpunk outfits Molly has posted on her Flickr account..
- SteamSociety’s dieselpunk hair clips.
- CutOutAndKeep.net user Morph’s scarf. It’s rather simplistic, but why not build on the basic concept?
What other portable electronics or mechanical devices are ripe for modding or crafting? Rangefinder cameras, safety razors, and Enigma machines and their ilk, are a few ideas off the top of my head.
Sculpture and modelling.
- A number of VarkaPodarka’s sculptures [site in Russian or other language in Cyrillic] have a distinctly dieselpunk feel to them. Via the dieselpunks livejournal community [also Cyrillic].
- Mark Stevens’ dieselpunk military vehicle models and bike restoration.
- TheIdeaCan’s steampunk- and dieselpunk-inspired Nerf gun mods.
- Noetigenfalls’ dieselpunk PC casemod. Via SteampunkWorkshop.
- Jeffrey Stevens’ several PC casemods. These are really great, definitely have a look.
The Art Deco look and the Streamlined look really work well for casemods and likely for other home electronics as well. I’d love to see this applied to stereos, kitchen appliances, air conditioners, and so on (careful: it might void your warranty). As for Nerf mods, I’d probably pay money for a dart-shooting Garand or Thompson.
So let’s take this chance to make some stuff!
As you can see, our DIY community is fairly small, particularly the fashion accessories section. Now’s your chance to get in on the ground floor, creative-types! Dieselpunks.org has a few small forum threads that might be helpful, plus you can always start your own thread there or at The Gatehouse. There are a lot of general making/crafting forums and resources out there, just a search engine away. If only I had the knack for it and the time, I’d try something myself. Feel free to use the comments to post projects you’d like to start, ideas for others, and requests for items you’d like to see.