So this is the teaser for the steampunk documentary I’m going to be in. The owl necklace is mine! =D
Sorry I didn’t post last week. My life’s been a bit crazy lately…
So, with Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought you all might need a little help with gifts for your steampunk lovers. I’ve noticed that hearts have become a very popular piece in the steampunk craft community. I’ve seen various different versions and styles and have even tried some of my own. Steampunk being such a romantic world, I think this was something I should use to inspire others in their steampunk jewelry pursuits, especially in February.
Hearts made mostly out of clay is one route to take. Here are two that I personally attempted.
And here are some by other talented artisans.
Another popular style is to have a base of gears.
And, of course, there are numerous other styles and materials. Here are some that you might find inspiring. What kind of steampunk heart will you make?
Need some help getting started? Here’s a good tutorial to start you off on your first clay steampunk heart!
For those of you familiar with my blog, I’m trying something a little different with how I create my posts. Instead of featuring a single item each day and explaining why I think it is so great, I am going to choose a broader topic (such as wire jewelry) and provide you with some wonderful examples of what you can do with that, as well as some tutorial sites where you can learn to do those things as well! Since these posts will be longer, I will be doing them each week instead of every day. As far as how I will deal with my steampunk topics, I’m not entirely sure yet… Let me know if you have any ideas! And I hope you enjoy my new posts!
Wire is a very diverse medium. You can use it to wrap pieces together, create shapes and designs, or weave together beautiful handmade chains. Let’s start with wrapping and keeping things together in a beautiful way.
I often see this done with stones. It’s a great way of turning an object into a pendant without dealing with all that drilling or gluing that can add a mess to your piece. Here’s it done into a bracelet, which is especially neat.
Here it has been used to hold the hole center piece together as well as provide a loop for a chain.
This is a piece that I made. I utilized my wire in order to create the shape of a doe. I know for me, creating an animal shape was a little bit intimidating, but there are other great more simplistic ideas as well.
Here is a beautiful and simple Christmas tree. But there are also just some fun designs you can do and adding just a couple beads will create a beautiful pair of earrings or a pendant.
Or something a bit more complex…
Or the every so popular wire tree pendant
This is a really cool one in my opinion.
I have also discovered that you can make chains out of wire. You can crochet thing wire or weave it together to make such things as a choker or bracelet!
Feeling inspired now?? Some of these images link to tutorials on that specific project or technique. Or, here are some other helpful sites that will show you the kinds of work that you can do with some simple wires or some tips for those of you that perhaps have an idea of what you’re doing.
Wood is often seen in steampunk jewelry as much. Sure I see it in a lot of modding and more vintage pieces, but not as much jewelry. I think that these piece does a beautiful job of combining a vintage owl with the embedded watch movement and gear eyes to create a quite unique steampunk jewelry look.
I have recently got into a lot of chainmaille work, so I’ve been doing a lot of research on different patterns and ideas. This is actually the first time I’ve even seen the double layers with the rings. It does a beautiful job of blending the colors together into a subtle rainbow instead of them being too overpowering. Wonderful and inspiring technique for incorporating various colors into chainmaille.
I’m not a personally fan of the layout, but I’ve got to say that they have wonderful products, which is really the important thing. All types of clothing and accessories, and they don’t just have steampunk, but also simple period pieces for both women and men. I personally like to mix a bit more period into my steampunk, and this place is perfect for just that. They even have entire outfits already put together. You can pick and choose the parts that you like and purchase just those or the whole set. For those of you that like to buy pieces instead of make them, this is convenient place for just that.
This piece immediately caught my attention as I was scrolling through deviantart. The cute little well-made duck was what made me first click on the piece. Then I noticed it was swimming in a bottle cap lake, which I found to be a fantastic idea. Then I saw that it was a ring and I was blown away. I’ve seen many miniatures made out of clay, being quite jealous at their clay skills, but never have a seen a miniature scene turned into a piece of jewelry like this. The idea is quite inspiring and I love it.
I personally love cuff earrings, but always hate when they require a piercing at the top of the ear. This piece is very beautiful and a cute way of utilizing a dragon. Wire is also a very interesting medium because it’s so basic and yet I have seen so many wonderful and creative things done with it. This ear cuff is a beautiful example of the things that can be done with wire and the fun ways to way “earrings”.
I’m not usually a huge fan of gauges, but I would definitely wear these if I had gauges. The tentacles are quite steampunk. I wasn’t sure where the undersea look came from as far as steampunk went, and then I discovered that it came from Jules Verne, which makes perfect sense. These embody that very well. Cute concept, very well executed.
I’m fairly new to the concept of ear cuffs, but since I discovered them, I thought they were a very neat idea. I especially like this one, first off for it’s “lunar” shape. Most I see wrap around the ear, but this one is unique in that way. I also enjoy how it dangles like a regular earring in addition to being a cuff. The column of dangling gears is very traditional steampunk and goes quite nicely with the lunar cuff.