Steampunk style depicts things the way they could be in a more interesting, aesthetically different and individual world of the Victorian era. Flash drives, computer mice, glasses and familiar things, which are covered with brass, and gears become amazing and wonderful decor items – like this “gold” steampunk microphone made as a real illustration for the Girl Genius comics.
The Girl Genius comics by Phil and Kaja Foglio is one of the most famous steampunk stories, which started in 2005 and is still written regularly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. As a usual steampunk comics, it narrates about gutsy inventors, steam wars and people wearing Victorian costumes and thanks to its bright artistic design it acquired the utmost popularity.
Now let’s take a look at the radio microphone, created by the comics fans. Of course, this microphone is not gold; it is made of brass, bronze, copper and incredible fantasy of the steampunk enthusiast Jake von Slatt. Beside its pretentious look, steampunk microphone is functional and powerful (according to the assurances of its creator). Having explored his old bins and automobile cemeteries, Jack von Slatt combined a microphone by Shure company, transmitter by Eimac, a piece of table, old candlestick and other copper doodads. And here we go! We have a remarkable thing as a result!
As for the look of the microphone, no doubt it looks like steampunk. However, there are some disadvantages, they are excessive brightness of the microphone, plenty of nonfunctional decorations (it seems that the author was inspired by gas lights and particularly by spotlights of the 19th century; however, the wire grid on them was used to protect the glass.) It is good that this design had no gears: the author understood that they were out of place. Therefore, this gold microphone is not a reference to clockpunk, but rather reminds of Tesla style: so to say the style of steampunk electronics, which you can observe in, for example, the Prestige movie.
In addition, the most important thing is that this device looks like old school radio microphones and thus will be a hit among steampunk fans.