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My Steampunk Playlist by tursiart My Steampunk Playlist by tursiart
So I took apart an old cassette and used the tape inside as ribbon on all my Christmas Gifts.

Then I got the idea to make this using the old carcass of the cassette. I gojoed it, gave it a hammered metallic finish, added some patina... I took four old gears and stuck them in there in place of the tape reel, and added a chain where there once was tape. I made this label using some various free photoshop brushes, then printed it on parchment paper and aged it a little bit before gluing it on.
I also screwed a picture hanger on the back. Now I got a little mini wall sculpture. Yay.

RIP Simon & Garfunkle, arise Steampunk Playlist. :P

View my gallery of Steampunk style artwork here: [link]
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:iconmcgaelicgal:
mcgaelicgal Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Very cool!
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tursiart Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :)
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MeltyDream Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh mai gosh that is sooooooo kool
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:icontursiart:
tursiart Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student General Artist
What an awesome idea! :D It looks very steampunk indeed! Great job! :clap:
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:icontursiart:
tursiart Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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Kipluck Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!
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tursiart Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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stjimmyrocks Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student General Artist
holy crap this is EPIC :D
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:icontursiart:
tursiart Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Late-Shift Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That is one of the coolest design idea's I have seen in awhile :clap: .

While I now plan on making my own I can't help, but curse myself for not thinking of it first...
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tursiart Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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seraphine Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wicked cool! i love the idea of using the tape ribbon to wrap gifts...genius
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:icontursiart:
tursiart Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Why thank you, though I can't take credit. I saw it on the internet somewhere first. :)
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seraphine Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Still...great idea...and you actually employed it. How many people can say that? Hehe
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:icontursiart:
tursiart Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
True enough. Thanks! :)
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seraphine Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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ArlieBelliveau Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
cool!
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tursiart Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Mike56au Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Nice,,,,,
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:icontursiart:
tursiart Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Nocturnal-Absence Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
This is amazing. Very well done, good sir!
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tursiart Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That would be madam. Thank you!
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Nocturnal-Absence Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Oh, forgive me good si- Madam... sorry.
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tursiart Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No worries, it's a common mistake. :)
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cloudydaypictures Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
Love it love it love it!
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:icontursiart:
tursiart Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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AnzennaArtz Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FFFFF- Wowee, I certainly love this. :faint: Clever. i've never seen a take on a cassette before.
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tursiart Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Dandabug Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
HAHAHA this is fantastic! I love the label design and illustrations most of all. I've never thought of taking such a benign, mass-produced object and steampunkin' it in such a unique and interesting way... What's next? Steampunk'd mechanical pencil sharpeners? Garlic presses? Lawn chairs? The possibilities just expanded to an entirely new dimension - all thanks to you, comrade. :salute: :D
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tursiart Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I'm glad you agree. Apparently most people don't, since this is being declined from most of the Steampunk groups I've submitted it to. It boggles the mind since this is exactly the sort of thing that got me into the genre to begin with. (Taking modern objects such as computers, and making them appear to function on clockwork and steam rather than electricity.) I mean, come on.. Steampunk is all about anachronisms. It's the way modern technology would look if they had thought it up in the 19th Century instead of now.

Now, with it suddenly becoming so main stream, it seems like many fans of Steampunk don't really understand truly what it is. Half the stuff labeled 'steampunk' these days are just mundane objects with random gears glued to them. Damn it, if Jules Verne or H.G. Wells had cassette players, their tapes would look exactly like this. :)
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Dandabug Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
I could not agree more - you would not believe the number of people who fill the steampunk ranks yet know nothing of Verne or Wells, or even fail to grasp the basic historical/political themes of the genre(which have already been loosened sooo much).

Sadly, I too have lost faith in the genre as pop culture has taken it over. It's unfortunate, because I only discovered the phenomenon of steampunk earlier in the spring of 2011 (I've been a devout worshiper of the greats like Verne, Wells, and the works they've inspired... as well as unmistakably steampunk films like City of Lost Children, but I had never heard of the term 'steampunk' or seen people dressed in such costumes at all. Yes, I am well isolated from cultural awareness). As unbelievable as it sounds, I embraced the genre completely only to be repulsed by the majority of its fans a few months later. Luckily, I'm stubborn - I'm sticking to my own definitions of the genre and rejecting any labels or rules bestowed upon it by Hollywood-spawned Sherlock bastards or gauntlet-clad Justin Biebers. :puke:

We alone should decide what steampunk means to us - and if it becomes corrupted completely, I'm well-entrenched in dieselpunk as well, and I doubt it's going to succumb any time soon. Apparently, gents and ladies in tophats and corsets are easier prey for the pop-culture machine than coke-snorting soldiers in spider-legged Panzer Tanks. :devilish: :D :D
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tursiart Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I have to admit my version of Steampunk is rarely truly just Steampunk, but rather an even mix of Steam, diesel, and retro-future sci-fi. A lot of stuff in my 'Professor Tursiart's' series can't even be considered Steampunk at all.
For example, I created a story along with a series of props and costume for a show last February, which I've never fully posted here (just elements of it.) But it's kind of a perfect blend of Steampunk and Science Fiction, with a mix of... I dunno, just pimped looking stuff. I really need to organize it and get it all online. You can get an idea of it by reading the descriptions in these deviations:
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Man, I can't believe how much of the stuff from the show never got posted here. I know more of it should be over on my facebook page... I need to get on that...

I did have another side project I was sorta working on, in which I was aiming for something more purely Steampunk... Though I was leaning more towards Wild West influences since almost everyone else seems to go with Victorian England. I'm kinda losing my steam (no pun intended) on that one though. I'm falling into that infamous 'it's popular now it sucks' trope, unfortunately. Luckily, most of my normal stuff draws influence from all over the place. I don't have any intention of discontinuing my Professor Tursiart series, since it's always only just been partially influenced by Steampunk anyway. :)
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Dandabug Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
The story sounds intriguing, but thumbnails don't work for me. Could you post links for a decrepit eFool?

Now then, as for your idea of a Wild West steam story, I would like to say there are many, many other and more unusual opportunities out there. I, for one, am an obsessive fan of Russia and East Europe in general, so that's where I would lean... but you could craft a story for steampunk France, Norway, Morocco, Iran, or (and just thinking of this has gotten my intrigued) Mexico (think 'The Alamo' plus steam-powered bomb carts and multi-barreled grapeshot cannons!).

...overall, though, you should consider the sub-genre known as 'boilerpunk' which is essentially a more realistic version of steampunk that includes the hardships of the Victorian era that people generally don't like to remember (terrible pollution, child laborers, general abuse of the working class and so-called 'subservient' races...). I find it to be a lot deeper and more interesting than the usual steampunk fantasy, in which everybody is upper-class and wealthy and delicate, when in reality the majority of us would be coal-shoveling slogs who die by age 30. Not quite "the good ol' days of brass and steam," now are they?
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tursiart Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry, it was a thumbnail fail on my part. :) Here are the direct links:
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I do like your areas for an alternative Steampunk setting, most especially Iran... something about Persian Steampunk sounds absolutely fascinating to me. Boilerpunk is also interesting, though I think if I were to get into any sub-genre it would be closer to Teslapunk. Actually, the more I think about it, the more I'd have to say that overall, my body of work for the Prof. Tursiart series would fall closer into that rather than Steampunk. But really, who's heard of Teslapunk? :)

And, by the way... I'm working to get the rest of the stuff from my Red storyline (links above) on the internet. I've got some pretty major deadlines coming up so it won't be immediately, but you've really inspired me to organize it together and get it posted. I made some pretty rad stuff for that show. :) Stay tuned.
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Dandabug Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
What a great start to a story! It would be great to see more of it when you are able to work on it. The idea of a world exposed to a different light spectrum is so good that I'm surprised less people have used it before. FYI I recall learning about some species of deep-sea "Sniper Fish" that uses red bioluminescence as an invisible spotlight against its prey (who cannot see red light as it does not reach those depths). Most abyssal-zone creatures are red in color because there is no such light, so when this fish targets them they stick out like a glowing neon sign. :devilish:

Oh, and I'm a fan of Teslapunk as well (primarily because I'm a devout Tesla fanatic), but at this point I just prefer the dirtier, grungier aspects of boiler and dieselpunk.
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tursiart Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for taking the time to check it out! :) That's very interesting about the Sniper Fish... I'm going to research that further and see if I can incorporate some aspects of it into future installments of my Gliese story. We hold a Red themed show every February at the dA Center for the Arts, and that's where the story and props came about. I was thinking of having them on display again next month as a bit of a Redux, which would force me to organize it all and get it on the internet too.

BTW, thanks for the watch. :)
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CapnSkusting Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
I've just got to get all my old tapes upgraded to 78rpm discs!
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tursiart Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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AirshipPirateDaylina Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Brilliant!
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tursiart Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:) Thank you. Also, thanks for the watch!
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memoryOfTomrrow Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Love the way of denoting "A" side!
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tursiart Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Why thank you. :)
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