Monday, August 13, 2012
Steampunk. That thing that's really cool right now. Victorian and Edwardian stylings, every shade of brown, gears and gadgets. My sister and I found a bunch of random toolbox objects and some wire and played around to make jewelry.
Backstory: My great-grandfather had all sorts of bits and pieces that he used for his job that we acquired when his house was cleaned out. My sister enjoys jewelry making and steampunk and had played with crafting neat jewelry before, and invited me to come play with some of the found objects.
How I did it: The rings I made from spring-like pieces, wire, and found objects.
I took copper wire and wrapped it around the wire of the spring piece, trying to cover where the ends met the wire and create a somewhat asymmetrical design with longer pieces stretching between the coils. I threaded the wire through the tubes I had created by rolling down the tabs on the "jewel."
The only problem with creating rings out of found springs is that the size is not super easily altered, so these are both what I consider "accent" rings that I wear on my index finger. I would assume that I could have bent the metal to make it tighter, but I'd probably not have as smooth a coil as just leaving it alone.
What I learned: Wire can be really tough to work with, especially when you want a smooth finish. Great-grandparents can collect some of the coolest stuff during their lifetimes, and if you are lucky you'll get to play with some of it. (Side note: my great-grandfather had his workshop in the basement of his house. The stairs to said basement had been papered with drawings of nearly naked pinups a la Gil Elvgren. I thought they were really freaking cool. I don't know if my parents realized they were there or that I loved to look at them as a child.)
What I might try next time: Better tools and base materials, different techniques, recruiting help from people who know how to work with wire (it's good to have artist friends).
Final Thoughts: I don't wear jewelry all that often, mostly because I am not thinking about jewelry. I probably should, because these are kinda cool.