My first stop was the Artist's Gallery. This Victorian parlor near the entrance was created by the Sacramento Steampunk Society. The dive suit, known affectionately as "Stanley," was made by Fred Jeska, aka Commander "Whiskey Nick" Triton. I caught up with him later in the Artist's Bazaar.
A "Steampunk Proton Pack," one of "Professor Tittiger's Fantabulous Contraptions."
The Professor also made the "Aetheric Guitar" (left) and "Steam Bass" (right). The small gizmo in front of the bass is a "Personal Time Space Device."
"Vampyre Hunting Kit" by Bethany Kilzer and "Chronomic Voyage Facilitator" by Paul Kilzer.
"Sparky" is a Tesla coil device made by Jim Welch of Sacramento.
"Butterfly Dream Machine" by Los Angeles artist Ave Rose.
Turning the crank causes the butterflies' wings to flap.
Edwardian-era walking dresses from Mark Havens.
Steampunk paintings by Vadim Voitekhovitch, aka Voit.
Chard Lowden, aka Professor Pepper, with his Magnificent Traveling Musicalodium.
A telegraph office courtesy of The Aetheric Message Machine Company, Ltd. Messages were printed and delivered to various locations at the convention.
Refurbished teletype printer, circa 1929.
Steampunk rock stars: On the left, Bradley Harrington III of The Cog is Dead. In the middle, Nathaniel Johnstone of The Nathaniel Johnstone Band. Seated at right is Clockwork Alchemy volunteer Lynn Skaar.
Steampunk author Michael Tierney demonstrates the "Luminous Matter Chamber," which powers an airship in his novel, To Rule the Skies.
Author Kirsten Weiss uses an antique typewriter to compose free haiku for Clockwork Alchemy attendees. She was promoting her steampunk novels, which are set in 19th century San Francisco.
Madeleine Holly-Rosing is the author of , an alternate-history graphic novel. Boston Metaphysical Society
John Lumea is founder and president of The Emperor's Bridge Campaign, which seeks to have the SF-Oakland Bay Bridge named for Joshua Abraham Norton. "Emperor Norton," as he was known, was perhaps the original San Francisco eccentric.
Clockwork Alchemy attendees were challenged to steer these remote-controlled teapots through an obstacle course.
This way to the Artist's Bazaar.
Fred Jeska, aka Commander "Whiskey Nick" Triton, strikes a classic steampunk pose.
The Commander is also a dinosaur hunter.
San Jose artist David Mejia paints steampunk caricatures.
Steampunk goggles and more from Daylight Artworks of Ventura, Calif.
Andy and Linda White run Steampunk Maniacs in Portland, Ore.
Wooden robots by Ken Rasterstache.
Steampunk chess set by Ken Rasterstache.
Colonel James Von Siegfried and Taryn Hathaway. Correction: I previously misidentified Taryn as "Countess Anastasia."
Steamy Tech, a San Jose company, makes steampunk gear on a laser cutter.
Steamy Tech owners Lora and Greg Price invited attendees to help build a gear wall. They describe their work as "Old World art inspired by modern technology."
This way to the Alchemist Tea Parlor, where attendees could sample exotic brews such as Dragon's Blend and Alternate Empires Chai.
This dragon flew in from the anime festival. Despite the scary appearance, it was quite friendly, high-fiving and fist-bumping the Clockwork Alchemy attendees.