Look online for a silk-compatible dye, and check to make sure the cream color of the silk isn't dye-locked. It could get really messy and disastrous. Be very careful.
Silk also likes to slip around while you're sewing it, so use a long table - eliminate gravity working against you. It also tends to do nasty things when it snags, so do use a sharp needle and make sure your tension is correct if you're using a machine.
From looking at the image, it seems to me that it's 4 stripes of regular ribbon: black, metallic silver, black, and metallic gold. It looks like a really good game graphic of the bunching effect you get when you sew strips of something onto something else with a high tension. It even shades appropriately in the image.
I'm assuming this is for a cosplay, by the image. ^_^ You could try just regular ribbon and the bunching, if it could be interpreted that way. Without other images it's hard to tell.
Personally, with machine appliqués, I try to avoid heat-bond because it gums up my machine. Just as an alternate method - try pinning the appliqué fabric to the t-shirt without cutting out the shapes, draw them with a fabric pencil instead. Then go over your markings slowly with a zig-zag stitch set to the width you want. When you're satisfies with the line, go over your stitching again with a satin stitch of the same width. Then cut the excess fabric away using appliqué scissors.
This method works pretty well for large, multi-layered appliqués as well as small, intricate ones.
As for making the stitches look even, I tend to go over everything twice to fill in any gaps and generally smooth things out -it also gives height to the stitching. But if you don't want to do that, then just be patient and go slowly.
I know the guys at the steampunk workshop have done metal platin, you could send them an e-mail. Just google search "Steampunk Desktop" or "Steampunk RV" or even "steampunk laptop" and it should come up. You'll know you've got the right site when everything is black and brass and the header has turning gears and steam valves.
Other than that, all I know is that plating involves electricity, chemical solutions and magnetism. Lots of chemisty.
My grandma always lets me sort through everything she's putting up for garage sale before she sets it out, so I get first dibs. I found this vintage hatpin. It used to have a cameo on it, but somehow it's fallen off. Also the back has a trademark that says "Made in Germany West" so I'm wondering if that makes it a WWII relic maybe...
Anyway, It practically screams steampunk to me, and I want to give it a makeover that will be something Along those lines, only, I have no idea what to do with it.
So basically, I need ideas ^_^ Anything goes, you know?
I like anything quirky and original, so even if your idea is completely off-the-wall, I just might love it to death.
Holy crap, Timcampy! I have to sya I am astounded at the ammount of work you've put into Tim. Not only the loads of feathers on the wings, but also the pose-ability of Tim as well. And the cross on his front is so wonderfully done~! So many other Tims I've seen, the people are just lazy with him, and you can tell, They turn out terrible. But this is super special awesome! I LOVE it!