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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Mystery Science Theater 3000 on: March 04, 2011 10:30:42 AM
I would LOVE to do this, but couldn't until early May or so. I literally have the MST3K streaming channel running on my computer 24/7.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shin Megami Tensei Swap? on: February 11, 2011 11:55:17 PM
Wow, you guys are super-fans. I got into the Persona games through a friend in college. Once we saw how rad the games where, there were something like 3 or 4 files being played at once in the little house-like-dorm we had. The music (this was Persona 3) became ubiquitous in the house and pretty much all downtime between classes during the day saw someone playing and a couple of people watching while doing work or eating. On of my friends decided he would go through the game only making pretty persona and pretty much making the character a huge prude in general. It was pretty hilarious.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Clocktopi on: February 11, 2011 12:16:18 PM
Thank you guys! I'm trying to make as many of them as possible, and if I can manage to amass a large amount I may be willing to swap or list them up on etsy. I have a Convention coming up in a few months that I need a lot of things to sell at, so I'm being conservative with my items. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks they are precious!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Clocktopi [Final Update] now with better Steamlopod pictures on: February 11, 2011 11:10:38 AM
{Final Update} These pictures are tons better than before. All the better to introduce you to the adorable family of steamlopods I created over the last week.

These little guys started with the Clocktopus. I wanted to hang something from the bottom of the watch-case, and came up with the idea with movable little tentacles. Putting the watch movement in the case and curling the tentacles was easy. Much harder was making loops for the o-rings and then figuring out how to make little suckers. The suckers were made from opened loops of a necklace chain. They took forever to open without breaking them and then gluing them on was painstaking as well.

Next is Clocktopus JR., who was much easier to put together. I had to grind down the watch movement a bit to get it to sit in backwards like that, but his tentacles were easier to deal with since they were made from much thinner metal which used to be clock hands. No suckers on this one because the tentacles are too small. Also, it had a backing that still fit on once I ground the edges of the movement down so it looks nice and finished.

The Ear-hugger Clocktopi were perhaps the simplest. Those little heart shaped cases came with tassels on them and I just twisted those around to make the tentacles. Some grinding was required here, too. I have no idea what was supposed to go in these things before since they are open on both sides. I popped out the glass on them to make the watch faces and movements clearer to see. Since they hang to the side when worn, you can wear these little dudes face or movement side out.

I made another little monster who was only easier than the first one because I had suffered through the first. I hesitate to call him a clocktopus because his head makes him look more like a squid. So perhaps he is just a steamlopod of some sort. He has the same chain link suckers and is generally similar to the others but I kept the plastic cover on the face of the watch case on this one because it was relatively clear, whereas the others were pretty cloudy.

Here is one of the not-so-bad group photos that is a bit better on detail:

And the final Clocktopus, the swinger:

I call him the swinger because the movement in his head is one of the self-winding kinds, so the half-circle plate will swing as he moves side to side. He is backed, has those most annoying little suckers (this time two different kinds that alternate on each tentacle because I didn't have enough of the same kind of links), and was a bit more obnoxious to make because the watch cover I used was from a pocket watch to I had to figure a way to get a loop in the top. Luckily there was a hole in the movement and I just had to widen the indent on the backing so that it would fit a big enough loop to hold him. I guess I could have made him a pin, but I didn't have any backings with me here. Maybe next one (if I make another, considering how much annoyances I have with these guys!)

I hope you enjoy their adorableness as much as I do! As always, any comments or suggestions welcome.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shin Megami Tensei Swap? on: February 11, 2011 08:53:21 AM
I could probably wait. I don't like to do more than one swap at a time anyway, so I would want to wait until at least after the swap I'm in now is over. Besides, I'd want to make sure there's enough interest, so this will give us time to see if anyone else wants to participate!

Awesome. I'm excited. Tarot cards could definitely be a good starting point, as well as some of the characters that exist in all of them, like the jack frost persona/whatever else he is in non-persona games. There is so much that could be done!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shin Megami Tensei Swap? on: February 10, 2011 07:02:58 PM
I'm a HUGE Persona 3 & 4 fan. I would love to do this, but couldn't until may or so when I get back home from school and have better access to crafty bits and shipping options. Otherwise I would really love to do this!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: A Deluge of Steampunk (A plethora of pictures) on: February 08, 2011 03:03:30 PM
Thanks everyone for admiring my work!

As for what I use to attach things, mostly I use e-6000 because some of the stuff is so thin I think soldering might cause a mess or melt through it or something. I often use a pin or a very thin piece of wire to apply the glue so that I get a small enough amount for tiny things. For larger projects a soldering iron might be more useful, but I just love the ability to remove things if needed and have a clean slate.

Good luck!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A Deluge of Steampunk (A plethora of pictures) on: February 08, 2011 01:30:28 PM
Off I went again buying up jewelry supplies and making a great many wondrous strange things, especially because our little company has acquired a vendor spot at The Steampunk Worlds Fair in May. So here are the new items. Some of these pictures are amazing because a friend of mine has a fancy digital camera that also has a manual focus and is pretty much the best camera. Some of them I took myself, which means they are less than amazing.

Here is a heart-shaped locket with some gears and other watch parts set on front. On etsy I've named it Root Moments. The locket is one of a grouping of three of the same type I bought, so there may be more of these soon.

Here is a cameo necklace made within a large gear. The chain is thick on this one, and I liked the contrast between the delicateness of the cameo figure and the weighty aspect of the gear and chain.

I bought some key-chain attachments with my recent round of purchases from Michael's. Here is one of the fobs I made for them. Nothing in glued in this one, which makes the hands adjustable, though I may glue them before selling for fear of it coming apart.

And now for something slightly different. This chain-y necklace is much subtler than most of my work. It has a simple elegance that really caught me and I think it works nicely. I may try something similar soon where instead of those gold scroll parts I use a few gears glued together.

I'm not sure if these goggles count as jewelry or trinkets really, but here is one set I made with the same type of parts I use for jewelry. The spring-loupe on the side with the gold fitting is removable, which makes for better eyesight.

I finally got my hands on some adjustable ring blanks so that anyone can buy the rings. This copper blank has a gold setting on it with one of the rose cameos and some watch bits around it.

I also found some decorative keyhole covers. I'm not sure what they were made for, but they worked excellently for this particular necklace. Sadly I left them in NYC over my winter break so it will be a bit before I can make more with these. I also used the last of my lock and key clasps for this one. I ordered some new fancy clasps recently, though, so we'll see how those work out.

These next ones are my favorite earrings. The base of these used to have tons and tons of red gems hanging down. I replaced them with gears and I think they look much better this way!

These are an update of one of my first sets of earrings. The previous version had some plastic parts because I hadn't yet acquired the giant mess of antique watch and clock parts I have now. I think they look miles better now.

Another key-chain. This one is much chunkier than the previous one.



If you've seen my glass etching you may have noticed that the logo of my little company is a set of fanged teeth. I decided that since we had swung in a sort of steampunk direction, that I should tie the two together. So, I made two different key-chains that mimic the logo using only steampunk elements. I think they turned out fairly well.

Another heart-shaped pendant, much like the one from my last post, that is very delicate and feminine. The other one sold, so this one was important to get done. I almost like it better than the previous one because it has a sort of skeletal look to it.

Another ring. The flat part of the ring blank was missing from this one (which I didn't notice when I bought it), but it actually made for an interesting idea. I bent the watch face so that it would lay on the blank as well as some of the gears so they sit correctly and it ended up being quite unique.

Here ends the really nice quality pictures. These pieces are much more recent so they haven't gotten the luxury picture taking treatment.

Here is a newer set of goggles. The gears and lens are attached to the plastic shields of the glass tinted lenses so that they can be removed if you actually want to be able to see in them.

I got into concentric circles recently and this ring is the product of that. It is set on a gun metal colored adjustable ring blank and is just a bunch of gears all set onto one another.

Both of my grandfathers gave me stuff to help me with my jewelry making, my maternal one gave me a whole slew of keys he had hanging around. For this locket I set it on the top of the key and places a couple of gears in the middle of the locket.

With another set of seemingly identical keys I made a set of earrings by using similar watch movements.

With yet another I made a small pendant with some watch parts and a small clear gem.

And with a larger one I made a sort of watch on the top of the key with the casing of a watch and the face of one. Nothing here is glued but the small pieces on the face. The Key is just sitting in the part where the winding pin would have been.

My other grandfather gave me a grinding and cutting tool as well as a bunch of other tools that I used for pretty much everything. Aside from that, though, he had these strange metal posts that I wasn't sure what to do with. I found a few uses recently. One of them was to fit them into the odd one out of the ring blanks I bought. They had these little circles on them, maybe for beading or something? I wasn't sure what to do with them until I realized that these posts fit between them rather well and I made these two rings.

And lastly a very large cameo came with the set of cameos I bought. I wasn't sure what to do with it until I decided to make another key-chain.

And there they all are! I have a few more things made, a pair of goggles, a couple of necklaces, that I haven't taken pictures of. Back in NYC I also have some small top hats I'm going to steampunk up as well. So there will be more not too long from now! Thanks for looking and, as always, comment as you will!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Long time no Steam Punk (But here is some, and a lot of pictures!) [Updated] on: November 03, 2010 06:57:40 AM
Wow, I'm glad you are so grabbed by the ring!
VVVV Look down for the answer to your question VVVV
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Long time no Steam Punk (Here is some, and a lot of pictures!) [Updated Again] on: November 01, 2010 10:06:16 PM
When I moved to Miami to go to graduate school, I wasn't sure I was going to have the time to do much crafting. Then I realized that the part of Miami I'm in is anti-non-drivers, and so I spend a lot of time in my room (also, it's hot). So, I had my jewelry making tools sent down, along with a rotary tool my dentist grandfather gave me that cuts, grinds and shines metal. Here are the results (and from only three days worth of work!) [Update: new piece at the end of the post {Update to the update: another new set of earrings in the post}]

First are two more unisex pieces, starting with a larger ring than my previous one:

I call it "Grinding Gears". The base for the ring is actually an old one of mine that said b*tch (no asterisk, though) from a cheap jewelry store. I roughed it up a bit with the grinding tool and found this pinkish nickle under the layer of silver toned metal. I then shined up the areas I distressed to get the streaked look. I then set some watch movement parts and gears into the front of the ring.

And the second is a necklace:

The base is a gold tone key that I wrapped some florist's wire around along with a spring-type bracelet I had. The bracelet needed to be glued down at several points along the back, but actually stayed in place well. The head of the key has overlapping watch movement sections. I thought the top one had some lovely engraving on it. Some gears were set into the lower one. Then I put a couple smaller parts on the business end of the key. I thought it came out less feminine than most other things I make, so I put it on a thicker chain, and called it "Contrivance Key" since it looks like the key to some steam punk-y gadget.

This one might also fall into a more unisex category:

This is the backing to a large pocket watch that had some remaining gears and such still attached. I added a few more and also placed this pendulum pendant to the front to add a bit of glam. It also was the part that most easily connected to a chain. I called this one "Glinting Clockwork", due to the cubic zirconia.

Next is another locket, this time with detail only on the front and the inside empty for pictures:

This one, "Serrated Seconds", is made on a small locket that I bought at Michael's in a three pack. The front has some sort of sharp gear, another, more normal gear on top, two watch hands, and some other watch parts. I really like the contrast of the sharp edges of the largest gear and the swirly edging on the locket itself.

The last three pieces are much more delicate and feminine than most of my other stuff, starting with this bracelet:

This charm bracelet, Memor Vicis Obduco (Remember Time Passes) is made on what I think used to be a pearl necklace that I cannibalized for a previous piece and is now the perfect size for a bracelet. The charms consist of two watch faces (one rectangular, one rounded square), two watch movements (one with pinkish gems intact), two small clock or watch hands, one gold tone nut and one gold tone gear. It makes this really nice jingling sound when it moves.

Lastly but not leastly is this heart pendant:

Some of the gems on this pendant were missing on the upper right so, in an exercise of extreme self torture, I decided to try to fill them in with teeny tiny gears. I also used some slightly larger ones to cover a couple of other missing ones. I think this one came out pretty great, and was worth the eye and back strain, not to mention the stress of finding these tiny gears when they slipped off the heart while in the planning stage.

This is a new set of post earrings I just made, and they also came out very feminine and delicate, and would probably go really well with the heart necklace and a nice black evening gown:

These are made from some dangle post earrings I had hanging around and some small second hands. The second hands used to have a blue shiny paint on them, but I buffed that away. They were pretty simple to construct, but came out very glamorous.

New set of clip on earrings I just made:

These "Winding Time Gearrings" were made from some antique clock hands that had rusty gold paint on them. The gold paint buffed off to this nice silver shine, and I thought the gears should be buffed too. The hands are held onto the gears with hoops of pocket watches. These aren't as antique looking as most steam punk jewelry, but I think the shine makes them unique. I decided to make a pair of clip-ons because I've had a couple of girls wish that my earrings were possible to wear without piercings, and so these came about.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my work, and there is more to come! C&C always welcome.
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