Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Steampunk

 

First  --  the winner, Deano from Deano’s Den blog, go over and check out his blog, it is one of my favorites to visit, I love his work.

I’ve mentioned before that I sometimes go off on something other than watercolor painting. Jewelry is one that has gotten me lately and most recently it’s Steampunk Jewelry. A friend who got me started making jewelry said I ought to do some Steampunk. What’s that you ask, well I had the same question, I’d never heard of it. I believe the easiest explanation I’ve seen is that it is a combination of romance and technology by pairing “mechanically based found objects with Victorian influenced filigree, charms, chain and sumptuous beads.” In my case not beads but buttons.

I happen to have a couple of great button boxes from my mother and my mother-in-law. Naturally both are filled with the normal buttons one might need to replace a lost one; however, they also contain a variety of wonderfully elegant buttons. I used two on my first piece. And thanks to the friend who introduced me to all this, I also have a box full of watch parts. Adding one of those, a couple eyes as in large hook & eye from a fur coat and a bit of wire and I have a necklace. Now I’ll have to make some earrings to go with it.

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2 comments:

Joan said...

I had never heard of "steampunk" jewelry either, but I like it!! Great job, and I love that you used old buttons. I have a collection but sadly not a lot of really interesting buttons.

I'm glad to see you're getting back to sketching. I try to do it as often as possible, and I know that even the scavenger hunts (or maybe mainly the scavenger hunts) have improved my drawing immensely.

Dean H. said...

Wow! Thank you, Helen! I'm excited to be the winner of one of your works! It shall have a place of honor in my house!

That "steampunk" jewelry is certainly unique!