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Steampunk! for the very first time

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:
IMG_0786Granted, 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.
IMG_0791 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. IMG_0797IMG_0800 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. IMG_0806 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.
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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. IMG_0810I 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…IMG_0812And 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.

Made this week…

Or last week, more accurately. Well, from Sept 13-19, most accurately. Quite a lot of it is my new rings.IMG_0366Somehow it doesn’t look like quite so much spread out though.IMG_0369The 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.IMG_0370A new design of scale bracelet. The gold one is my favorite.  IMG_0373Older 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.  IMG_0372Miscellaneous 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. IMG_0371These 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.IMG_0374

Byzantine

Byzantine is a favorite weave of mine. It is beautiful as a chain on its own, and has many variations and is used in the construction of many different items. It is one of the maille pieces that I wear most often. IMG_0473 IMG_0467The two sizes of Byzantine shown are made with 3/16″ and 9/64″ rings, and are my standard sizes that I stock. (The numbers refer to the inner diameter of the rings – the size guide that most mailler’s use.) The larger chain is roughly 5/16″ square, and the  smaller is 3/16″ square.  IMG_0460IMG_0469Necklaces start at $38 for the 3/16″ and $60 for the 9/64″ chain.