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Inspiration Gallery: Steampunk

Friday, November 11th, 2011
By Twistie

Steampunk is one of those styles that just seems born to inspire crafters. After all, a  big part of the aesthetic is interesting juxtapositions of materials. Gears, rivets, leather, and Victoriana  meld into a fun and funky style that often includes goggles. Who couldn’t love something that calls for goggles not as protective safety gear, but as an artistic statement? Okay, I know somebody out there can’t, but I have something of a fondness, and I know I’m far from alone.

So let’s take a look at what can be done with a few basic crafting tools and materials, a bit of imagination, and another reading of Jules Verne’s novels.

I love this clockwork dragon. It’s made of polymer clay festooned with steampunk gears and such. Just look at how the tail looks like articulated copper! Whether you’re looking for instructions for a craft project, materials to bring your own vision to life, or to purchase a finished product to wear on your Mad Victorian Scientist outfit, CF Originals is a great place to go. That’s where I found this adorable guy. Oh, and if you have an idea you don’t feel up to making yourself, she does commissions, too.  I’m just saying.


No Wonder They’re Crying

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
By Twistie

I’m loving this tie clip. If you’re looking for a last-minute Father’s Day gift, or something to give the groomsmen for standing up for you at your wedding, this is a great idea (also comes in earrings!). And the motif? Is onion skins. Cool, and appropriate for an event where someone might need an excuse for tears.

At $28.00, they’re affordable, too.

They’re the work of jerseymaids. She takes polaroid images and mounts them in jewelry findings. Lockets, pendants, cuff links, watches, earrings, brooches, and yes, tie clips, all get the special treatment. There are even lamps and other home decoration items, if jewelry isn’t what you need. And if you’re not fond of onions, there are plenty of other images to choose from.

All in all, I think it’s a pretty cool use of photography.

From the Birds

Friday, April 29th, 2011
By Twistie

I love macaws.

Even if they aren’t Norweigian Blues, they still have beautiful plumage.

And now one enterprising artist has started using their (the macaws, not Monty Python) lovely feathers to make rather stunning jewelry.

You see, this unidentified artist from Minnesota (What? The site has not given us a name to work with; just a location) did some work with Habitat for Humanity down in Central America (Again, the site does not specify any further as to location or other identifying details) and became fascinated with the feathers of the macaws in the area.

Now this artist creates beautiful jewelry using macaw feathers supplied by a bird sanctuary in New Mexico, which sends the feathers their macaws molt on their own, as nature intended.

The necklace is made by sandwiching a single feather between two pieces of glass, soldered together by hand with lead-free silver. Then the adjustable chain (14″ – 22″, so it will fit most throats nicely with room to spare) and wire-wrapped beads are added. Oh, and since the macaw feather is yellow-green on one side and a deep blue on the other, this piece is fully reversible, so it goes with a wide variety of clothes.

All that for just $139.99 from Modern Artisans.

Best of all, no parrots were harmed in the making of this necklace.

How Solo Can You Go?

Thursday, April 21st, 2011
By Twistie

I’ve been a fan for a while of Etsy artist Handsolo. Take a look at these printed plastic earrings to know why. They’re attractive and subtle, but they speak to my geeky little heart.

Unfortunately, you won’t have long to act if you want a pair, because Handsolo is closing up shop. That means that there’s great jewelry like the above earrings on sale for ridiculous prices. In fact, those earrings are just six dollars right now!

Not a Trekkie? Fear not. There are plenty of other images to choose from, like these elegant hot air balloons:

Or you can let Handsolo make the choice with this selection of eight random pairs for just $25.00.

I’ll miss your shop, Handsolo… but expect an order from me before you go!

Bead Me Up, Scotty

Friday, April 15th, 2011
By Twistie

I love beads. They can be strung together in so many different ways, each of which brings beauty and grace to a person or a place. For instance, this rather spectacular 3-D choker of apple blossoms would make the woman who wears it stand out in any crowd as someone interesting.

But maybe you’re not a pink kind of girl. I know I’m not! But I am all about purple, so this lilac choker grabs my attention, not least because of how it’s worn:

If you like these, or if they intrigue you enough to make you want to see more, head on over to Beading With Vavara. You’ll find the kits for both these chokers and dozens of other pieces of beaded jewelry and amulet bags. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s a pattern you can do. There are also books on technique available.

But what if you don’t bead jewelry? That’s okay! Vavara’s got you covered there, too, with finished pieces for sale.

Not feeling very flush? Don’t worry. There are also free patterns available to download.

Mmm… pretty.

All Wrapped Up

Friday, January 14th, 2011
By Twistie

Making jewelry by hand is a rewarding craft. For one thing, there are so many ways to go about it. If you’ve been considering trying your hand at playing with wire, then I have a book for you.

Weave, Wrap, C oil: Creating Artisan Wire Jewelry by Jodi Bombardier is a guide to manipulating silver and/or copper wire into spectacular jewelry that you’ll love to wear and that your friends and family will love to receive as gifts.

With twenty-five projects to get you started, introducing you to new techniques, you’ll find plenty of inspiration between the covers of this book.

Best of all, it’s on sale at Amazon for just $15.61 (regularly priced $22.95), and qualifies for Super Saver shipping.

It just doesn’t get much better than that, does it?

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