I got tired of everything being utilitarian and ugly. All through history people made everything they used beautiful in some way. I find it completely ridiculous that as it gets easier to make something, we put that much less effort into making it beautiful.
This is a fully functional set of headphones completely re-outfitted.
The wiring is encased in a rope of inverted captured ring maille of bright aluminum.
Behind-ear attachment made of aluminum tubing wrapped in cotton thread. End pieces cut from nickel sheet and set with lapis.
Ear dome cut from 18ga nickel sheet. Pattern acid etched, set with lapis.
Spring-loaded hinge attaching dome to behind-ear wire made of 22ga nickel sheet, 14ga nickel wire, and steel spring.
speaker casing (normally black foam) crocheted 50% wool 50% cotton yarn.
Entire project weighs about 2.5 times the original plastic casing, which weighs the equivalent of about 15 pennies.
I plan to do a whole series along these lines, possibly for my senior thesis.
Questions, comments, criticism are extremely welcome.
PS- Name comes from the first thing listened to with these.
Resubmitted due to DA glitchiness. Now with a better photo!
EDIT: I would just like to clarify for everyone that these are NOT steampunk. Not in intention or by definition. If anything, they were inspired by Islamic work. So there. Thank you all for your comments, but really, not steampunk.