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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.

Japanese 12 in 2 Hexagon Necklace

Japanese weaves feature grids of rings that are perpendicular to each other. This necklace features on of the most basic weaves – a honeycomb pattern where six small rings go through each large ring, or when doubled, twelve rings go through two. A hexagon of this weave hangs from a triple stranded chain.

IMG_0241 IMG_0235It’s a striking necklace, and can be made in any colour. The hexagon can be taken off the chain, so that the two pieces can be worn separately. IMG_0240IMG_0234The matte colours shown are limited – that style of rings has been discontinued, and as of this moment, I have only a few matte necklaces left.

$49

Scale Necklace

I saw a similar necklace somewhere a while ago and had to make my own. It’s a really neat design that reminds me of feathers. While I probably wouldn’t wear it, as I prefer more conservative jewelry, I really like the look of it and wish I could pull off wearing it.The earrings came a little later. They are just a section of the same chain as the necklace. The scales and the rings are both aluminum. The large rings are available the same colour as the scales, or different (as shown).

Necklace             $25

Earrings              $10

Set                     $30.00

Pendant/Pocket Watches

The idea for these timepieces came after my watch (copper) had been riding around in my purse long enough for the back not to close properly any more. I still liked it and decided pocket watch so I put a chain on it, as well as a chain across the back to keep it closed. At that point I didn’t have the right size of rings, and when I got them, somehow the design ended up being perfect for a necklace. I’m not sure exactly how I figured it out, but it can be worn as a necklace or on a belt loop using a slipknot (I think that’s the right term). Now I just need a battery.

The copper necklace is not for sale, as the watch is broken, but the blue aluminum necklace is for sale at $40. The watch is from Ardenes, but bought as good as new at an MCC Thrift Shop. It hangs upside-down on the chain, to make it easier to read the time while wearing it. I will be making more pocket watches as I get faces, and will post pictures as I do.

If you are interested in custom ordering one, the price depends on the type of chain, the type of decoration on either side of the watch, and where I get the watch from. If you want to provide your own face, I will gladly work with that.

December

I love winter (well, mostly just Christmas), and this necklace is perfect for the holidays. IMG_0672IMG_0685Although this unit personifies our idea of a snowflake, it doesn’t bear the name – another weave got the name first. I haven’t made the weave as of yet, but you can take a look at it here, and see how it looks much less like a snowflake than the December unit does. IMG_0676IMG_0689Snowflakes are $12 each, and can be hung on necklaces, earrings, or christmas trees.