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So what is Steampunk and how does it relate to beads and jewelry? Steampunk is based on fantasy worlds where steam is a main source of power and energy, and the aesthetics retain many elements of the actual historical industrial revolution (steam) times (Victorian era, turn of the century, etc). Yet there is a distinctly futuristic quality to the worlds as well, a science fiction or fantastical twist.
So the look of Steampunk as an object style can be interpreted into jewelry and jewelry components. Think of brass gears and watch parts, compasses, tooled leather, vintage aviation and nautical elements, and highly detailed hardware from days of olde. These are the things that have inspired me this past week. I have carved a series of original porcelain 1" tiles, which will be fired and molded, and then created into glazed porcelain charms, links, cabochons, buttons, and other components.
I have been chronicling my ideas, inspiration, and process on my blog during what I have called Steam Week, which began this week and will continue through to next week. Stop by the Earthenwood blog and take a look, there is some much more indepth thought and research as well as many entertaining video clips with Steampunk imagery from films that have inspired me for this new line. Above, my first finished jewelry piece made with one of my new Gear tiles, mixed with brass findings, mostly from Vintaj Natural Brass Co., hinged frame pendant from Ornamentea, and Austrian crystals.
Below, a video featuring some of the design team of the movie the Golden Compass, talking about the Steampunk style, with scenes from the film. This is one of the best, most conscise definitions I have seen of Steampunk:
So my Studio question to you is this: Have you ever been inspired to make a piece of jewelry or other craft from a book, film, or piece of music? If so, tell us about it. If not, tell us about one of your favorites movies, novels, or songs that you think could inspire you...
One winner will be chosen at random next Saturday, and will win a brand new Gear component, fresh out of the Earthenwood Kiln!