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I have a couple of friends who have immersed themselves in Steampunk. Not the trendy, over-the-top version, but the thoughtful, reclaim and reuse, historical aspects of the movement. I’ve been trying to make one of them a piece of jewelry for about 6 weeks now. I’ve made and ripped apart a necklace for her three times. I’m hoping this fourth time will be the charm.

I’ve been assisted this time around by listening to The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which is putting me in the proper frame of mind. If you’ve read it you’ll probably agree that some part of this story was the basis for the brilliant Pixar movie, UP.

The final necklace is really Steampunk Lite, because I’m finding that too much of the trendy parts of Steampunk are, well, unattractive when stacked all together. The mildly steamy aspects of this work are:
– faceted, smoke-colored crystal beads
– a central pendant made from a piece of hardware from the hardware expedition plus an antique winged shoe clip from the vintage corner at Ornamental Beads
– her nickname and profession are spelled out in the beads and chain in Morse code

Steampunk Lite Necklace

Here’s hoping she likes it! (And if you are reading this and you suspect it is for your upcoming birthday, well, let’s hope you in particular like it.)


“Thanks for the adventure. Now go have one of your own.” – Ellie, from the movie UP

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