Steampunk- the best way to describe it is one foot in the age of steam, the other in present day!
The computer or laptop you’re currently using- it’s plastic and likely to be a bit bland and mass produced.
Imagine if the Victorian artisans had made your computer! It would be elaborately decorated with brass, polished wood, copper, glass, etching and engraving- decoration for the sake of decoration.
Steampunk is……. What if the future had happened sooner?
The best thing about Steampunk in jewellery making is that all the conventional rules are completely thrown out the window. Materials that you wouldn’t normally put together, colours that you wouldn’t normally marry, the emphasis and use of coils and mechanical parts and items do not even need to be symmetrical to be easy on the eye.
Aquiring the materials is very easy and recycling is greatly encouraged- use old jewellery, break down broken watches and even bottle caps!
So, with a little imagination, anything is possible with Steampunk.
Steampunk themed Charm Bracelet
This project was designed by Sian Lyndsay Williamson. Sian is a currently self-taught and runs her website from home, based in Staffordshire. Since moving from her St. Andrews hometown 5 years ago, Sian took up jewellery crafting after struggling to find employment, and has never looked back. Sian hopes to gain her qualifications when her two young sons are in full time education.
Here’s how to make a very quick and easy Steampunk themed Charm Bracelet:
You will need:
Antique Black Jumprings
Gold Plated curb chain
3 Feature Charms- e.g. Swooping Swallow, Owl, Hearts and Keys, Dragonfly, Moon Maiden
Toggle and Clasp
Gold Plated Head Pins
Pink Glass Bead Mix
Tiny hearts and butterfly spacers
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Start with 35 links of curb chain and attach the clasp and toggle to each end.
Slide a tiny butterfly spacer and approximately 4 large quartz chipstones onto a headpin. Make a lopp in the pin, feed onto a link of the chain and wrap the wire around twice. Snip the excess and tuck the wire in.
Using a jumpring, attach a feature pendant to the next but one link along. Mount a glass bead through a headpin between two daisy spacers and attach to the chain using the same method as above.
Slide a tiny heart spacer on a headpin and attach this to a cog part. Connect the filigree connector using a jumpring.
Connect the filagree to the curb chain, using a jumpring.
Fill out the rest of the curb chain, spacing out evenly.
Variant- Why not try with different chipstones? Here I’ve used Carnelian and added detail to the cogs with Swarovski Crystals.
You might want to make the feature pendants yourself from art clay silver, copper clay, bronze clay or even wood clay for a more unique touch.