Friday, June 25, 2010

Steampunk time...

According to Christine Edwards of A Work In Progress, "Steampunk jewelry combines "hardware" based found objects with Victorian-influenced romanticism. Think nut, bolts, washers, and coils combined with filigree, charms, chain, and beads to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Antiqued metals, like brass and copper, are usually the metals of choice. Gears, arrows, keys, watch pieces, compasses, anything that suggest mechanical and movement make great embellishments."

I just mailed off my charms for her Steampunk Charm Exchange and will have enough charms to fill a bracelet. I am anxious to see the different interpretations

Here are my charms. I cut out a "steampunk-type" picture of keys and gears and imbedded it in a heart-shaped charm with Ice Resin. About pouring the resin half way, I put a small key into the charm and poured more resin on top. They failed to harden and I had a mild heart attack. Thinking there was nothing to lose, I put another coat on top. It dried beautifully! I mounted them on a tag cut from paper from Graphics 45. I also put another key on the jump ring. I'm quite pleased with how they turned out and I'm telling you, this Ice Resin is very forgiving. I'm donating my other resin to the local non-profit store, Art Scraps!



  1. WOw they turned out super cute! I have not tried doing any of this yet but am now really intrigued! Great job girlie! ~Shelley O.

  2. These are divine! Love how you attached them to the tags. My order for the Ice Resin arrived recently and I can't wait to play with it!! So glad to hear that it is forgiving...I'm sure they made it that way for people like me. Ha! Xo, Sue

  3. Those charms are so cool- and I love the tags that go with them. Where do you get Ice Resin? I like the idea of a resin with forgiveness because I've really never had a successful resin project.

  4. OHHH so cool! I love adding trinkets, charms etc to my cards/tags. Adds such demension. cherry

  5. Wonderful Steampunk charms Suz!
    Your presentation is thoughtful and great too.
    Can't wait to see your completed bracelet.
    Happy Weekend to you and yours!

  6. Resin drives me nuts, but maybe I'm using the wrong one. That's so nice of you to donate some to the store! I hope the rains go away soon!

    Sandy xox

  7. You have a beautiful blog, just love it. Thanks for stopping by mine and leaving such sweet comments.

  8. Thankyou for sweet words in my blog. Really love these charms. Great idea to make tags out of GP45 paper, love the vintage look it makes. And those keys placed into the hearth is just stunning.

  9. Suz dear,
    GORGEOUS!!! You talented lady, you!
    Thank you for describing steampunk. I have always wondered what it is. Sure sounds like fun. I can't wait to see what you get back!

  10. Very cool charms. I haven't heard of the term, steampunk before, so thanks for the tip.

  11. These are so cool Suz!! I love how you put them together! Inspires me for the Three Muses SP challenge this week!

  12. Oh i just love your steampunk charms.......sweet!

    Thank you so much for visiting my studio....i sure appreciate it.

    Love, Violette

  13. hi, Suz. thank you for your lovely comments on my blog.
    as for your question - I'm from Poland. :)
    have a great time in Europe. I'm more than certain you will fall in love with Prague. I know I did. :)

    oh, and I adore your charms...
    and now I'm off to look around some more.

  14. Ooh...these are amazing...I love them!! I've now signed up to follow and will be back to see if you do more steampunk. I think I've found a new passion!

  15. Fabulous Suz! I love how you packaged them as well- lovely!

  16. I received your steampunk charm from the exchange today. It is really, really cool. I want to learn resin, you do beautiful work. Have you received your charms yet? They are all nice, this was so much fun! Thank you.

  17. Ooh, I love these steampunk charms!!!