Well, I’ve finally finished my Steampunk Butterfly, having had a wonderfully productive day in the shed with Sally.
I finished the final components, a cog to screw onto the back so that it can be worn as a brooch through a buttonhole on a coat or jacket (it’s way too heavy to be pinned to anything lighter) and some loops for a chain or cord so that it can be worn as a pendant.
So now it was time to rivet everything together, first a wing, then the body, then the rest of the wings…
So, I proudly present my Spiny Sharkly Steampunk Butterfly in all it’s glory! Just need to make a chain, I am working on a sympathetic design at the moment…
I’ve always had a penchant for Gothic and Vampire style jewellery, and bought some stunning black and purple lace last time I was visiting my mum. I have had huge fun over the last couple of days combining chain, skulls, beads, leather, you name it! There will be more soon, just waiting for some more sparklies to arrive!
These are all for sale in my Etsy shop at just £15 each.
It’s the last day of the school holidays, and I’m bursting with ideas and frustration! I really need to get back into making things for the sake of my sanity (or whatever passes for it these days). My hallmark registration has gone through, and I’m the proud owner of a hefty punch with my maker’s mark. I’ve got some sizeable chunks of sterling to make into pendants where the decoration will be just the texture of the metal and hallmark – vanity pieces really, but why not? They will make really personal gifts for the special people in my life who have helped me get this far.
I found some beautiful lace when I was up at Mum’s in the summer, and have been experimenting with making Steampunk chokers with lovely Swarovski crystal beads, silver chains and the occasional skull. I’ll be listing these for sale over the next few days, now that the final elements to finish them are on their way (Royal Mail permitting).
I have also been playing with wire wrapping and when I have had a chance, some leaf textures. This lovely labradorite is going to become the focal point of a lariat with silver and moonstone elements, and maybe some leaves…
When I’m not bashing metal in the Shedifice, I quite like knitting, cross stitch, papercrafting and generally making things, often with a vintage, goth or steampunk feel. Leather flowers are my latest thing, either as hair clips or brooches. I’m playing with some really small roses just now, which may find their way onto dolly pins and rings… There’s also some very pretty winged heart ones, red at the moment, but I’m going to be making purple ones too
Fantastically, eBay is not playing the game, and I can’t list anything at the moment on there, but there’s lots in my Etsy shop!