Archive for November 17th, 2010

November 17, 2010

Dabbling in steampunk

I love steampunk. It’s becoming more mainstream now, which makes it easier to find things but it’s sadly not as satisfying. I’ve absolutely no right to be an elitist steampunker because my DIY accessories are strikingly amateur and I don’t even ‘punk’ up my outfits. It’s really just nostalgic pseudo-Victorian stuff with gears XP.

This is a belt with an antique brass compass and an antique-style skeleton key (actually a keyring from Oroton, lol!) I found the  belt at an op-shop and attached the key and compass with lengths of brass cable chain. The hardware on the belt reminded me of portholes on ships (and, less romantically, of washers — those funny flat rings that you find in hardware stores), which just begged to be realised, so I hunted for the perfect brass compass — I don’t quite recall where I got it, but it was for a nifty $30, which makes me very happy indeed.



BEHOLD THE POWER OF THE GLUE GUN. I can’t believe that stuff actually works. Not as well as actual good glue, of course, but I don’t know very much about craft and this has served me well so far. (Talk to me again when the entire thing shatters, lol!) I believe the headband is a cheapie from Diva — just a plain black double band in a light metal. The watch-faces are from vintage watches. Some of them came from a hairclip I purchased on Etsy, I think.




I didn’t make these, though I may try my hand at them later. These are earrings made from typewriter keys, purchased from Keys And Memories on Etsy. There are some beautiful things there; definitely worth checking out ^^.



This was also purchased from Etsy. It’s part of the Once Upon A Time collection by BirdzNBeez, who does wonderfully delicate pieces with actual watch movements. The collection has changed since I bought the necklace but there are still some lovely pieces. (I’m especially fond of the steampunked robot.)

I think I’ll expand my steampunk collection over the next few months. I imagine a brass pocket-watch would work really well with the androgynous look I posted a few days ago. The thought of ambling around in a suit, some leather oxfords and a pocket-watch swinging from a chain is terribly appealing.