|Me looking all serious in my steampunk inspired outfit at a local con.|
- Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
- Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
- Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
- Soulless (as well as the rest of the Parasol Protectorate series) by Gail Carriger
As far as steampunk themed jewelry designs go, you often see things like keys, gears, re-purposed lockets and watch faces. If you are interested, Jean Campbell wrote a cool book called Steampunk-Style Jewelry. I haven't gone too crazy with any of my steampunk-type designs, but I've dipped my toe into the pool.
Here is a steampunk inspired necklace that I made in my recent adventures in UV resin.
I used a cool piece of scrapbook paper that was like an old-fashioned hardware ad in the bezel with resin over it. I loved the gears on it...and originally thought I'd add some metal gear pieces into the necklace. In the end, I went with a variety of interesting gemstones and a cool key copper toggle clasp along with the chunky copper chain. I'm pretty proud of the wire wraps I used on the ocean jasper faceted teardrop!
And here is an older piece (I'm wearing it in the picture of me up above!) that I made to go with my costume that I wear to sci-fi/fantasy cons. I wear this one in real life too, usually with a black turtleneck or something fairly simple.
I fell in love with the key hole pendant from Earthenwood Studio and built my design from there. I added in some gears, including an enameled one from C-Koop Beads, as well as a couple of different key charms for the long, dangly pendant. Since steampunk is all about mixing things up, I used two different types of chain... a smooth brass on one side and a snakeskin textured gunmetal on the other.
It's funny and kind of neat looking back on something that you made a while ago... I think this one is from 2010. My design aesthetic has certainly shifted over time and my skill set has grown quite a bit since then! This was one of the first necklaces I made with an asymmetrical design and it was also the first time I attempted a wire wrapped bail. I feel like I've really come a long way when it comes to jewelry design! While I still like this necklace, I would probably do some things a little differently if I was making it today.
Are any of you steampunk fans? I'd love to hear if you have any great steampunk books that I may have missed. Even though I always have a huge pile of books in my "to read" pile, I'm always looking for more suggestions. Please let me know what great books you have come across in the comments!