Monday, November 12, 2012

The Butterfly Ball

At the Butterfly Ball - Steampunk Butterfly Necklace   C cd/211
At the Butterfly Ball - Steampunk Butterfly Necklace   C cd/211 At the Butterfly Ball - Steampunk Butterfly Necklace   C cd/211 At the Butterfly Ball - Steampunk Butterfly Necklace   C cd/211
Here is a delicate little butterfly all dressed up.  She has on her party dress and is going to "The Butterfly Ball". The dress is a heart shape filled with steam punk gears, cogs, wheels, vintage watch movement pieces, a dial, and more.

When my daughter was young and watched Sesame Street, I always ran to the TV when they aired the song "The Butterfly Ball".

Later I learned that "The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast" is a concept album by Roger Glover and subsequent live rock opera appearing in 1974 and 1975 respectively, based on the children's book of the same title.

If you want to hear this marvelous song go to :

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Queen of Steampunk

I just have to show off this piece.  How it came out of my mind, I don't know.  It is far more elaborate and even more steampunk than I usually create; but, I thought it was interesting enough that I sent it off to Stampington's Magazines to see if they wanted to put it in one of their issues.  They did!  It appeared in the Fall issue of Jewelry Affaire on page 13.  I was just tickled pink!  I would love to know what you think of it, too.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Love This Ring!

I've made several rings in the past few months, but I'm so enamored with this one.  I think it is the most beautiful I've ever made.  The band is a wide 21mm or 13/16 inches; almost an inch.   The floral motif is deeply embossed and the sterling silver plated finish is slightly oxidized to highlight the design.  The dainty watch movement is from the 50ies and just fits the band.  But......most wonderful of all are the three Swarovski crystals that pop with sparkly color.  I've chosen Aquamarine, Volcano, and  Xillion Rose Sun with Aurora Borealis finish.  Just gotta this one.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fire and Ice Steampunk Ring

I call this steampunk ring "Fire and Ice".  The absolutely gorgeous Siam Swarovski Crystal with aurora borealis finish is a stunning ruby color that reflects every color of the rainbow.   The  blue refraction of light shows here, but turn it just a bit and the red takes over.  The Ice is the smaller Montana Blue Crystal, also a Swarovski.  

This petite women's watch movement is so clean that it's sparkle rivals the crystals.  I love it that you can see 5 of the 17 ruby jewels on the front.  The filigree ring base is sterling silver plated and adjustable to most sizes.   Steampunk design, filigree setting, sparkling jewels.  What a great combination.  This one will not last long.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ring in the New

I've always loved rings and my newest fascination is steampunk rings.  I fell completely in love with Steampunk Jewelry the very first time I ran across it on the Internet and had begun to look for old watches, nuts, bolts, and broken clocks before the day was over.  Here I am less than two years later, still completely hooked.  

This is not my original design.  It is so simple it may have originated with several steampunk jewelers.  It's just a watch movement mounted on a ring base and accented with Swarovski Crystals.  So Simple, so Sweet, so Steampunk!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

In the Lord I put My Trust

I'm usually a pretty laid-back, calm person, but I can get riled on occasion.  Afterwards I always look back and wonder why I got so bent out of shape.  I find more often than not, one of my close family members has stepped in my "only child territory".  This always gets my dander up.  Also I have an only child, so we clash occasionally over who's in charge.  We both want to be, because we are both pretty sure our way is best.  Then there is my hubby who has no sacred territory, but is a bit of a bulldozer; pushing things around to go his way, when I want the very opposite.  Goodness, but I want to push back.  We are great at compromising - the secret to a long happy marriage.

If I could just learn to live every day with this simple Psalm in mind, I know I would never worry again, when I don't get my way.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Three Beautiful Girls

Christmas was a wonderful time in 2011, with everyone healthy, happy, and blessed.  We spent Christmas Eve with our daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters.  I just wanted to share this photo of my beautiful girls.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Early Work

This is another of the very first pieces I created.  I love it still and often look at it and wish I had kept it.  The front is a battered, metal, watch dial I purchased and the gear from an old wind-up clock I found.  The D-rings were purchased to tie ribbons together on greeting cards.  The reverse is an old cardboard milk bottle top, sent by a friend, also for use on a card.  But, this was one of my best pieces. It's amazing what one can do when the creative process is hot and the hands just have to make something, anything!   

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Starting out the New Year Steampunk Style

I  had been a dedicated card maker for many years, but in March 2010 I stumbled on my first piece of chunky, industrial, found object, jewelry.  It was love at first sight.  I knew immediately that this was something I wanted to create.  After all I had boxes of broken watches, old jewelry, beads, charms, and gemstones, etc.  I soon made made my first piece out of an old earring, the chain from another necklace, a watch dial, a Tim Holtz game spinner, and a tiny silver charm. Since then I've made hundreds of pieces, but never lost interest in this great diversion.  

Also I've learned this genre of jewelry is called STEAMPUNK.  I love it not only because of the great, diverse elements that can be incorporated into each piece but because it's origins are in a "time that never was".  Out of the works of such great minds as Orson Welles, Jules Verne, and Phillip Pullman come fantastical    blimps, airships, weapons, and adornments.  Each inspired by a "time" when electricity was unknown and steam power ran the world; when adventure was there for the taking - to soar and glide far above the limits of mind and time.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

World War II Vintage Medal with Steampunk Accent Necklace

This lovely old medal was so interesting I couldn't bear to cover up the front, so I placed my embellishments on the back.  This way both sides have something of interest.  It was a great design for me.  Because of it I've a new customer that has been keeping me busy for a while.  Thanks Jess.