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1  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.
2  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!
3  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.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / A Murder (Of Ravens/Crows) stamped on a tote bag! on: July 15, 2010 01:33:07 PM
My friend, who went to school for artsy stuff, made this amazing stamp out of linoleum. I had no idea you could even use linoleum for that sort of thing!
Well, when she remembered she had it, and when she realized we needed more products in our shop and for a convention we were going to be selling at, she brought it over. We decided that we could probably use it with some fabric paint to print on some tote bags.

The totes are just plain white ones from Michael's and the fabric paint was simple matte black. However, upon closer inspection of the paint, it turns out that the paint must have been mislabeled because there is a trace of some dark green shimmer in the paint. You can hardly see it, though, because the print is on canvas and since we pressed the stamp with a rolling pin, its not super dark. Another issue was that both Michael's near my house didn't have a brayer, so my friend hand painted on the fabric paint with a craft brush.

Another huge issue with the bag was our plan to put our company logo on with a freezer paper stencil. Well, we couldn't find my exacto knife, and the only other stencils I had made were for glass etching. It took some serious finger cramping work to try and keep the etching stencils in place while I drew on the name and logo with fabric pen. Thankfully, it all turned out great!

We're thinking of trying the same technique (hopefully with a brayer) on some simple tank tops. I'm also going to try and have her come up with new designs to make stamps out of!

Thanks for looking, C&C welcome!

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The Hour of Invention and other new steampunk pieces! (Picture-Planet-Sized) on: July 15, 2010 10:28:10 AM
It hasn't been that long since my last topic in here, but I sold both of the new pieces and some older ones at a convention (ConnectiCon) and needed new ones for my store! I really do suggest that if any of the rest of you steampunk jewelry makers see that a convention is in town, you try to get a vendor spot. It was amazing how much interest there was in the jewelry!

Anyway, I decided to branch out from just necklaces and ones on normal chains to some more interesting things. So I ended up with a necklace that was partly a string of vintage pearls (probably not real ones), a ring, a brooch, and a set of post earrings with pearls as the posts.

First, the Pearls of Time necklace:

This one was a bit of a pain. The necklace itself was originally many more strands of pearls, but had been broken since it was so very old. There was also a different extender following the pearl strings that was made of more little pearls on metal hooks, but the metal between them was very rusted. So I had to find a way to make it the right length while still keeping the lovely cap on the pearl strings and the accompanying clear crystals:

I managed to find a nice gold tone chain to use as an extender and also put on the gold tone gear toggle clasp that I have a bunch of.

The charm itself was also a huge issue to attach to the strings of pearls. I ended up having to cannibalize a different gold necklace to use to loop around the string under the pearls and also through a small loop in the pocket watch base that makes up most of the charm (the rest of it is a small watch movement, a clock gear, and two small clock hands).

The Elegance Engine ring I'm pretty proud of, because of how delicate and subtle it is and also because of how well I managed to attach all the little tiny gears.

The ring itself was a size eight that had lost all of it's central, petal shaped gems but still had some smaller, clear gems around the edges. Most of the gears were glued in over where the petal gems would have been.

It was also pretty difficult to get a good, clear picture of all of the detail since it is so small.

Chained Flight, the one brooch I've made, is my favorite because of the design itself. It started with he idea of making a sort of military-like piece with chains coming down from a key that had gears and such on it, then morphed into also having mech-looking wings, and ended up like this:

The left side has an oval watch movement with what I think is the speed control of an old pocket watch. There is even some sort of small pink looking gem still in that part.

The right side has a similar speed control, and another random pocket watch part to balance the weight of the piece.

I glued an old pin backing where the center of weight is, and now it really does look like some sort of airship military award!

And finally, the Hour of Invention Gearrings (which is what I like to call all of my earring with gears on them). These have pearl stud posts with hour hands from a clock set onto them. Then, gears and watch movement parts are glued and stuck into the clock hands to really give them character.

While they look a bit bulky, they are really not as heavy as one would think.

Thanks so much for looking! C&C welcome, and if anyone was wondering, the book I took many of those pictures on is about probability and statistics (I liked having tons of equations in the background).

6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Etched Glass Motherload! (Picture so-much-it-may-burst) on: June 30, 2010 10:37:56 AM
I've been doing etched glass for a little while, and never realized how appreciated my ability to cut out little shapes and transfer them onto glass was until I participated in my first swap!

So I decided to post all of the glass work I happen to have pictures of. This means a lot of pictures incoming!

All of these works were done using Armor Etch cream. A little of that stuff goes a long way. I still have most of the bottle I did all of these with!

I started using a customizable stencil that was sold near the armor etch and perhaps even from the same brand. But I ran out of room, and then realized that any self adhesive vinyl will do.

This first group was made for my t-shirt/craft company, Night Terrorz. The Fangs are the 'logo' for the company, and the company name is specifically stylized, so I had to copy that exactly into the stencils.

Here are some small coaster sized mirrors that I made first to test the stencils:

Then I moved on to making some shot glasses with the same stencils:

I had also ordered some really cute potion bottles, so I did similar things on them. One some I put the company name on the neck of the bottle (which turned out best) and some near the bottom of the bottle.

This one I tried to line with red paint pen..

While I was moving to my new apartment, we found these wine-glass type tealight candle holders. So I decided to etch them as well.

And here are the piece I made for the True Blood swap (taken by my partner). The first one is a Fangtasia Logo wine glass:

And the second is a beer glass that has Eric's face and his title from the calendar:

Thanks for taking a look! C&C always welcome.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / More Steampunk Necklaces! (Picture Dense!) on: June 29, 2010 11:16:13 PM
Hey there! I posted some of my steampunk jewelry a while back and I've just made a couple of new pieces. Thought I'd share them with you!

The first necklace I made a while back, maybe two months ago, but it had to go through some serious revamping because it wouldn't stay together! I also was using it on a chain that I owned, but was unwilling to part with if the piece sold. So I was wearing it around a lot, and it received a ton of positive attention!

I call it Tenth Gear:

It is made from pretty much all of a pocket watch. It even has the original backing so it can be popped open.

The attached hand is a stripped down clock hand. It had some really rusty black paint on it, and to my surprise underneath was this lovely copper color.

The necklace closes with this really cute toggle clasp I found at some craft store. Both of these pieces happen to have that clasp, though I also found a different one that is gold toned and looks like gears.

This next piece I just made recently. I call it Perennial Memory:

The base of it is a really nice filigree locket which I attached a watch movement to, along with a small watch gear and a white rose cameo.

The inside has a watch face, a watch hand, and some gears. I think this turned out pretty well for a relatively quick project!

Thanks for looking! C&C always welcome.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Lab Geek String Doll Keychain on: April 15, 2010 12:21:10 PM
I made this (and a whole bunch of other ones which I sadly don't have pictures of) after I bought one of these:


They seemed pretty simple to make and so I embarked on a massive quest to make one for each of my friends for Christmas/Chanukah/Winter Solstice. This one I made for a friend who is studying to become a forensics lab tech. I also made David Tennant Doctor Who one, an FF X Lulu one, a Virgin de Guadalupe one, and a ton more.

I cheated by using some florist's wire and small Styrofoam balls to make the frame, then ran the string around the frame to make the shape of each little body.

C&C welcome! 
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nightgown to Ballgown! on: April 15, 2010 11:57:54 AM
A couple of years ago, when I was in college, there was an inauguration ball for the new president of our school. I was broke, and I needed a dress that fit. So instead of selling my kidney, what I did was buy a silky night gown and hand sew (my sewing machine was at home that year) some scrap red fabric onto it to make it into an acceptable dress. I put capped sleeves on top and a floor length bow on the back. I didn't get to really finish the edges on the sleeves and the bows because I ran out of time, but I think it still came out pretty nicely.

This is the closest I have to a picture of the bow on the back sadly:

C&C welcome!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Steampunk Jewelry pieces (image heavy!) on: March 02, 2010 10:43:27 AM
This is my first time posting any of my projects here on Craftster! I've been making Steampunk type jewelry for a short while, first from torn apart watches and other stuff, and then from a large lot of rusty clock parts I purchased. Here are a couple of pieces I've made:

First is a piece I call Keylock Work Cameo:

Next is a really amazing pair of earrings I sold. They were inspired by and accident: I kept these hands in with a bunch of small gears and they got tangled up, but looked so good! I hope their new owner loves them as much as I did. I called these Minute Gearrings:

This is a pendant my friend eventually took and then broke, so it looks a bit different now then it did then, titled Time Frame:

This one looks so bad in pictures because of the glass cover, but they were the best I could do. Tick-tockey:

Another set of earrings. These I actually like a bit more because they feel really whimsical. Almost Alice in wonderland meets steampunk. Second Gearrings:

Thanks for taking a look. C&C welcome.
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