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« on: February 06, 2008 02:19:39 PM »

I've been madly inspired by the recent Steampunk Swap, so I decided to make myself a piece of jewellery based on one of my favourite novels, or rather quartet of novels, in that vein - the Hungry Cities books by Philip Reeve (in order: Mortal Engines, Predator's Gold, Infernal Devices and A Darkling Plain, more info here). They are set in the future, after we've utterly destroyed the world as we know it, and the world's cities have become totally mechanised and run around on caterpillar tracks or huge wheels, scavenging from the rubbish dumps we left behind - and devouring one another.
I wanted to create something that looked like it could have been partly assembled from scavengings from one of these scrapheaps of the "ancients"/shrines to the Great Gods of Commercialism, Pluto and Mickey Wink. Originally it was just going to be the charm bracelet, but then I saw this post by McBoo. Her  gorgeous "gypsy necklace" (bottom of the post) was precisely the kind of found-object organised chaos I wanted to go for. So, with her permission, I borrowed the look, changed it a little and incorporated it into a steam gypsy necklace of my own. Then I figured I might as well make a pair of earrings too...
So we have: various bits of Old-Tech (circuit board, gears, random hardware), beads, charms, Stalker eyes* and seedy fragments**. Plus lots of brass wire, tiger tail, random vintage chain, a springy coil of crappy old beading wire that I've had for years and some weird fuzzy ribbon stuff that I think is trying for faux suede but doesn't quite make it. Lots of that to make the necklace very adjustable. You can see two "modelled" views of the necklace in the collage - "sensible", and about as long as it goes. I can pretty much have it any length in between - it just ties up with the ribbon at the back. 
Enough of this gay banter! Let's see a lovely picture. Yay.

Click here for a bigger view because I've forgotten how to make the picture a link...

Comments, opinions, critique all welcome. I adore the necklace but I'm iffy about the earrings. They just seem to be missing... something. Any suggestions?

*Copper wrapped green marbles. Stalkers are part mechanical soldier things.
**Seedy...CD... Microwaved and baked/nuked during the Sixty Minute War Wink

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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2008 02:37:35 PM »

Great job,I love these! My favs the bracelet Smiley Also that book sounds very interesting...i might have to go find it!
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2008 02:57:27 PM »

Wow, those are AWESOME. I have never read the books you talked about, but I don't care, your jewelry is SO COOL!
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2008 07:37:16 PM »

oh my god, that's beautiful!  I love the asymmetry going on in there, and everything.  they're just... crazy awesomesauce, I'm really excited that I had a part in inspiring this.  very cool.  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2008 06:25:39 AM »

Thanks for the sweet compliments everybody!

blackvans - definitely go check out those books, they are fantastic! Not a particularly difficult read - they are labelled "teen" fiction - but the concept and humour are wonderful.

McBoo - thankyou so much for letting me borrow your idea! I'm just pleased you approve Wink Also - "awesomesauce"!?!?! What a great word Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2008 08:53:04 AM »

These look great - I love them Grin
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2008 12:04:10 PM »

McBoo - thankyou so much for letting me borrow your idea! I'm just pleased you approve Wink Also - "awesomesauce"!?!?! What a great word Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2008 04:16:48 PM »

 Grin Cheesy Grin

Cheers guys Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2008 06:42:28 PM »

 Grin
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« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2008 08:34:23 PM »

These are so great!  Ok, what is "SteamPunk"?? I have no clue...
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