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« on: December 18, 2007 05:57:40 PM »

Man oh man, it's been a long long time since I've been on craftster, but ever since I moved back to the place I call home, all I can keep doing is prowling the boards and looking at all of the amazing projects people are working on or have finished; it's got me 8 kinds of inspired to work on all of these crafty projects I've been putting off. 

In any case, I'm a long-time blacksmith and silversmith, and these are a pair of steampunk-themed pendants I made up recently for some friends:



This one was a heart-shaped pendant that was sort of inspired by the Girl Genius comics - a friend wanted something steampunky and I wanted something appropriately girly to set the ruby in.  Oh, and the gears actually turn!  You can't tell because of the darn flash, but the piece is silver and the gears are brass (there's a second photo w/out flash here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/luminea/495738231/in/set-72157600208893365/). 



This was my first steampunk pendant - just a simple sawn silver piece with a copper underlay, and a brushed finish.  The stone is a lapis lazuli.  I love the simplicity of this one.  (I've worn the same simple lost-wax cast gear pendant for years now - I love the elegance and simplicity of a piece of machinery, if that makes sense?)

And that's what I've finished so far (two more in progress)!  I've got a whole bag of gears to work through (hooray eBay!)...which I am doing...slowly. 
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2007 06:27:44 PM »

These are stunning...May I ask what is steam punk?
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2007 06:35:02 PM »

Ah, steampunk is a brand of science fiction that is set in the Victorian times but with a scenario of "What if steam power was widely used?" at that time (hence the title).  Probably a better summary can be found at wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk

One of the recurring themes in steampunk-styled artwork is the exposure of gears and inner mechanical workings of engines and things...and, well, I <3 engines.  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2007 06:50:23 PM »

really neat. beautifully excecuted.
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2007 08:47:08 PM »

Those are gorgeous!  I bet the girl who runs http://ooh-shiny.net/ would absolutely love that.  She posts tons of jewelry and steampunk stuff.  Definitely looks like her kind of thing.  If you have any interest in selling those somehow, you could email her to show her, I bet she'd post it and that would certainly drum up some interest of people wanting to buy 'em.
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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2007 01:46:47 AM »

That heart pendant is lovely and the fact the gears move just makes me want one, even though I generally don't do girly. I love steampunk though.
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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2007 06:48:12 AM »

Steampunk and gems - haven't seen that before... Cool!
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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2007 07:53:09 AM »

Steampunk and gems - haven't seen that before... Cool!

I agree---and I love it...especially the lapis one!
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2008 05:22:39 PM »

MOVING PARTS? thats sheer dedication!!
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2008 06:28:53 PM »

Really awesome.
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