Steampunk Prosthetic Leg

Actually, it's a leg covering, but I think that the artist's goal was to create the impression of a functional, steampunk-style artificial leg. deviantART user Skinz-N-Hydez made this 13-14 pound leg and his gallery is filled with similarly wearable works of leather and brass.

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I find people pretty petty for the most part on the internet. They haven't got the guts to say anything to a person's face but will gladly use anonymity to bash something they know nothing about. The piece that is shown above obviously has many hours tied up in the making. The artisan that created this piece used his mind and imagination in coming up with the design. He then spent numerous hours using various parts and pieces of metal, gears, leather, rivets etc. to create something that someone WANTED. If it isn't your cup of tea leave it alone and get a life as you seem to think you are the only ones with lives. Obviously these people have lives that are different than yours but I am sure they don't sit and complain about what you do. I only wish I had the creativity to be able to earn my living working with my hands at something I love rather than work in the rat race and die one day at a time. Retirement will be my release from that pace. This man has been released from that and has the ability and aptitude to do what he wants and still make enough money to live and enjoy life!!!! I envy him for that!!!!
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FYI people Steampunk is NOT COSPLAY! I hate hearing that. Although people use it FOR cosplay it is actually a alternitive fashion that people wear everyday. Also if you all never noticed a lot of stuff in fashion IS useless. perhaps people who troll need a lifeIn fact art and many of the thinngs we enjoy today is useless. technically mankind could do just fine hunting and gathering with none of the fancy gadgets and medicines we have now.the creation of usuless things is a part of what shows we're a civilazed people.
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Whooooooa. Why take the time to write such extensive criticism of something you think is useless? Are you seriously so deprived of social contact that you feel the need to argue anonymously about something you claim you don't even care about? Go get help, man.
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I understand the point you're trying to make Sown Carcinogen, but I gotta say your examples are pretty bad... perhaps you should have mentioned purely non-functional cosmetic things like jewelry.

A vehicles runs. Its gears, wires, chips, motor etc is all there for a reason, to make the car operational, its really the only reason those things are there. They arn't glued on to just look pretty.
Glasses also serve a real function and have real technology behind them (to shade light from your eyes, or a real perscription to help you see), and the same with clothes... they keep your bits hidden and helps keep you from the elements (cold, getting sunburn, bug bites etc).

Steampunk tends to be pure aesthetic value under a thin veil of pseudo-technology. Its sort of contradictory in its nature. A love of old style technology while lacking it completely (for the most part).
Again, I understand the point you're making. Its for looks only, I get it. Still, again, if that were my interest I'd probably insist my stuff works (perhaps like that one fellow who makes steampunk style computer keyboards. Style that actually DOES something at the same time.)
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For the people who whine about steampunk not being functional I ask you to take a look at your vehicles. Or your clothes. Your hair. Glasses. Anything with any amount of aesthetic value. These things don't exist to be "functional" (although some of them are quite extraordinary when they do), they're built to the topic of conversation, or to look beautiful, intimidating, whatever the artist/customer wants.
If you feel it all serves no point, and it irritates you, then I suggest you do away with your fancy hair cuts, wear only the most basic clothing, and forget about those $600 designer glasses.
Some of us don't like having the same thing as everyone else. We want to make what we own our own. Whether it means making a custom case for an ipod, or simply adding a few stitches here and there to a shirt.
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