I'm so late posting this! I was lucky enough to get some components from the Rings & Things blog partner program last month and I have just now gotten around to creating with them. Such is the life in this busy studio.
I received an assortment of steampunk inspired gears, sprockets and cogs in brass and copper. I pulled out an Earthenwood gear bead and went to work...
I textured the gears and sprockets with my ball peen hammer, riveting hammer and a screw driver. (The screwdriver makes that great dot pattern.) I antiqued some with silver/black and others I used acrylic dabbers to create a faux patina look. I sealed the painted finish with Renaissance wax.
I pulled out my Vintaj blanks and drilled a few holes and riveted on the gears and sprockets. The rivets are also from Vintaj.
The necklace is put together with jump rings, chain and check out those cog beads - very cool. I had to show them off by using them with etched jump rings. In between you'll find my teal branch beads.
You can find a lot of Vintaj at Rings & Things now too!
There are over 20 pages of beads, chain, charms, pendants and metal blanks on Rings & Things site that are categorized as Steampunk. Have fun.
I made this necklace for my daughter for her Halloween costume. You see my girls met Melanie from Earthenwood Studios a few summers ago and learned about Steampunk and have been smitten with it ever since. This is Vangie's costume from last year, she was a steampunk explorer. This year she is some steampunk/fantasy hybrid that includes an Aztec cat mask - Steampunked out, Steampunk wire fairy wings and her trusty goggles. There are striped arm sleeves involved too. Yep, that's how my kids roll. Weird and wonderful!