It has come to my attention that I never formally posted any pictures of my Doctor Who inspired jewelry. So here it is, in all its glory: For those of you who don’t know what Doctor Who is, it’s a British Science Fiction tv show, about a humanoid alien with two hearts (known as the Doctor), who gallivants through space with one or more companions, saving things and experiencing the wonder of the universe(s). And they travel in a spaceship called the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) disguised (due to a malfunction of the chameleon circuit) as a blue police box. It is impossible to explain how amazing it is, or even what it is, without sounding crazy. Anyway, the larger bracelet says ‘I (double) heart the TARDIS’ It is approximately two inches wide, and seven and a half inches long. Which is, unfortunately, too big for me to wear comfortably. The other bracelet is a representation of the Fourth Doctor’s scarf. It’s a far more practical way to show your love of Doctor Who than the original scarf – my sister knit a full size scarf, and it’s a lot of yarn to hang around your neck. I really enjoyed doing geek stuff, and Doctor Who is something I’m really into (even though I’ve only seen the new stuff), which made it even better, but I’d love to make more geek related stuff in the future, hopefully in time for Comic Con.
Anyway, if you’re interested in seeing more geek jewelry, have ideas for me, or just want to fangirl about Doctor Who with me, drop me a line!
footnote: I realize that I really suck at posting the prices of my jewelry, so here it is: the TARDIS inlay bracelet is $76, and scarf bracelets start at $18.
I love steampunk. I love the colours, the intricacies of it, and all the details. Keys, gears and pocket watches…
Unfortunately, these things aren’t particularly chain maille. A lot of steampunk jewelry is made up of lots of little charms glued or linked together. So I’ve never attempted it… until now!
A friend of mine was interested in some steampunk jewelry for a Christmas gift, so she bought me a package of gears, propellers, and a very cool compass point design, and asked me to see what I could come up with.
And this is what happened next:
Granted, it took a week. And this necklace was definetly the hardest part. The propeller in the middle didn’t come with holes in the corners, so I punch though them with a nail. Fortunately, copper is relatively soft. Trying to get the pieces to hang nicely required reworking the design a couple times, and I’m still not entirely happy with it.
For this bracelet, I connected the gears far tighter together than the necklace, and finished it up with a strap of European 4 in 1, in brass. Now I’m going to have to try another necklace connecting the gears in this style. This bracelet is made of two copper byzantine chains on each side of the medallion. I had the idea almost as soon as I saw the charm, and it turned out exactly as I’d hoped. I can’t wait for the patina on the copper to match the patina on the medallion. I was tempted to try and age the copper, but I think I’ll save that for another time, and let this age on its own.
Not quite strictly chain maille, but I made one two many jewel encrusted gears for the necklace, so they were a quick throw together, and I like the way they turned out. I found one key in my box of miscellaneous charms, and had to use it. Once I was finished, building all my current ideas, I found another set of key charms somewhere else, so I’ll just have to make some more…And she loved them! It was a successful experiment in steampunk. The third and last jewelry pieces are no longer available, but I will be making more.
Or last week, more accurately. Well, from Sept 13-19, most accurately. Quite a lot of it is my new rings.Somehow it doesn’t look like quite so much spread out though.The Glow in the Dark scales are pretty impressive. In the dark, a package of them is almost as bright as a laptop LED, and just as annoying when you’re trying to sleep. All these scales are plastic, and pretty cool.A new design of scale bracelet. The gold one is my favorite. Older scale designs, and rubber bracelets. Coloured rubber rings are an interesting new addition. I’d tried the orange and white ones before and didn’t care for them, but the whole rainbow isn’t bad. Miscellaneous necklaces and bracelets. The black keys were being sold as stickers, but they turned out to be charms with a bit of rubber glue on the back of them, and much better for jewelry than scrap-booking, or whatever. These earrings and pendants are a new idea, inspired by who-knows-what, but I happened to have the supplies. And I apologize for the quality of the photos. I guess basement bedroom lighting isn’t the best for photography.
This is another Byzantine variant, where the Byzantine is stood on end, and the ends are folded out and connected to each other.
4 Winds is another design that I tried once, and then abandoned. This is probably because it’s one of the weaves I don’t actually understand. While I can make it, I don’t comprehend how the rings hold each other in place, and therefore have a much harder time trying to make it do what I want. Fortunately, you don’t have to understand something to appreciate it.
An interesting unique weave, it works for bracelets and not much else, since it needs to be a closed loop. I like it a lot though, even though I can never remember how to spell it.
A very versatile weave, Half Persian can be used to make almost anything. It is also the basis for several other weaves, including GSG and Half Persian Sheet.