What is Steampunk? Wikipedia says that, "Steampunk is a sub-genre of speculative fiction which came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era when steam power was still widely used -- usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian England -- but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. It is often associated with cyberpunk and shares a similar fan-base but developed as a separate movement (though both have considerable influence on each other)."
Steampunk affords crafters a chance to indulge a love of history with geeky tech and it is just plain fun. It also gives you great ideas for doll making. Here are some great tutorials to inspire:
Threadbanger explains the Steampunk look and shows you in the following video how to create the look for yourself:
Learn how to make some steampunk spats with this video from Threadbanger. You could do this for you or for dolls:
To make a polymer clay steampunk bunny with polymer clay artist Christi Friesen, check out this video.
Christi Friesen also gives you the chance to download a free tutorial on how to make a steampunk bug here.
Make a steampunk bobbi pin with Barbe St. John. This would also make a great embellishment for various other crafts. Check out the video how-to:
I love this tutorial from Mary Sew on how to make your own steampunk fascinator hat.
Dress a doll up Steampunk style with this free pattern for a Steampunk bride's going away outfit.
So if you've never made anything steampunk in style before, gear up and get crafting!