Sunday, December 6, 2009

Steampunk, from the dusty forgotten corners of my studio...



Rooted through some stash of the "wild and wonderfully dusty stuff" in the corners of my studio today with the aim of making something different. I went with the grungy look, steampunk, though steampunk isn't necessarily grungy. I have some watch movements lying around in a bead tray (don't ask me about my stash sorting system,) and I dusted some off and applied some E6000 to the back of some and affixed them to others. Interesting sequence of events... I had no idea how the parts would all come together. Grabbed a few charms, some Swarovski crystals, my handy pliers to bend that rough steel wire, some semi-precious stones (have lots of those,) and went at it. In a flurry of inspiration, I made two bracelets, truly OOAK. Posted in my etsy shop, but here are some pictures. If you want to read the story line, please check my etsy entry.

Well, if that's not enough, I went and bought myself a Christmas present. Yes, yes, I know it's early, but hey, there was only one of each of these two items left...
I'm getting into enameling on copper next! I saw an article about Barbara Lewis and her fabulous jewelry in the latest issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry (what a great publication!) and promply visited her blog, and then her etsy shop where all these goodies were avaiable. Torch, work station, lots of friendly advice... I'm fired up!
Check out her blog here.I felt like I'd hit the jackpot in blogland as well. You know those peoople you instantly connect with... Well, my PayPal account is empty but I'm going to haunt the post office box for the wherewithals to fuel my addiction to ART! Yay!!!! :)

5 comments:

Tammy said...

Your work totally rocks my world!

Maria said...

Thanks Tammy!! :) That comment made my day.

6p00e54ef5b61a8834 said...

Catching up with you and WOW!!! You go girl!!! Loving everything!!!!! The new enamel work sounds fun!!!

xoxo!!!!

Michelle

A Creative Dream... said...

Well, don't I just love those! I'm such a fan of charm bracelets (have 16 I've collected over the years...and I do mean over a lot of years)...these two are just great!

Barbara Lewis said...

Maria: I really love your jewelry style! The charm bracelets are so unique. Can't wait to see what they look like with color added to them! Thanks for mentioning my blog.