June 4, 2010

Ten Days of Giveaways: Day Five: Steampunk and Brass Gears

 It's Day Five of the Ten Days of Giveaways!  Today, the theme is Steampunk!  If you haven't dabbled in this popular and inspiration rich genre, I would really recommend it. I wrote a Steam Week blog series a couple of years ago when I was designing my Steam Stone line, and it is still very relevant today, so check it out if you are looking for more inspiration. These days, all of the bead magazines and stores are talking about it and stocking supplies so you can make your own Steampunk look.  

For today's giveaway, I have a collection of rusty engine glazed gear charms, a metallic pewter bronze glazed keyhole pendant, and a selection of tiny little clock charms.  This collection incorporates three of my favorite steampunk motifs: the gear, key/keyhole, and clocks.

To go along with the handcrafted elements, I have a selection of raw brass gears and beads* from the fabulous folks at Rings and Things.  They carry a huge selection of things that can be used for steampunk (as well as any other look you are trying to achieve in jewelry, actually).  I was very excited when I saw these raw brass gears and sprockets (which also come in copper!) in their catalog and they were the first thing I went for when they offered to let me choose some items for their blogger project last month.  I also chose a strand of heavy, large holed brass spacer beads for a few ideas I have.

I will be giving away a handful of the gears and spacers along with the handmade beads above, but not the contents of the whole picture below.  I need a bunch to play with!  But I will share. A little.  hehe.

 To win today's prize, leave a comment on the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles blog with an answer to the following question:

What are your favorite steampunky motifs or jewelry supplies?

One winner will be chosen at random from all the comments. Comments are screened and will be posted June 15th.  All winners will be chosen and posted to the blog on June 15th, so be sure to check back then. You must respond to the June 15th winner post and follow the directions to claim your prize within one week of the posting.  After a week, I reserve the right to choose another winner.  Good luck and thanks for commenting!
 
 *FTC compliance disclosure: the '*' items mentioned in this post credited to Rings & Things were provided as a promotional gift as part of the Blog Partner Program. These items are for review or design purposes. Find out more about the Rings & Things Blog Partner Program
 
Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.

35 comments:

  1. I think I like watchparts the most. regards Stefanie

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  2. My fav motifs are gears and watch faces. What a fun set!
    Bead Happy!
    Michelle

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  3. I have only just started using steampunk in my designs. My faves right now are clocks {I used one of your heart pendants on my first steampunk piece featured on Bead of Clay Blog} and I would say maybe some bolts and gears but really I am open to trying anything at this point!

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  4. as yetI haven't done any steampunk inspired pieces, but I have to say I like the skeleton keys and key holes......

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  5. That's a hard one to answer. I think because it's hard for me to distinguish the different motifs in Steampunk - they're inter-dependent. I do like gears and timepieces, with copper and earth tones.

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  6. In terms of steamppunk, I like shiny enamel (in industrial colours like black, dark red, silver, etc) with antique sliver findings - texture and substance.

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  7. Oh, I love steampunk. Don't call my self a SP, but think it's the one subculture I've really fallen for.

    Anyway, my favourite steamy motifs? Well, I loved the sight of (rusty) gears long before I knew of steampunk.But I'd say thick wire (brass, copper or blackened iron): can get that slighly industrial/science experiment/old age feel just by coiling it. And I'm a sucker for brown leather, micro screws, rivets and eyelets too. That's a lot of favourites...

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  8. My favorites are watch pieces. I love the cogs, gears, and hands of the clocks, they are so versatile. I like Tim Holtz' line in all the different metals, and I love the way that you've mixed it with ceramic. Nice!

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  9. I love working in leather and straps and buckles are quite a lot of fun, I find. I also have a deep fondness for combining leather and lace.

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  10. My favorite Steampunk motifs?? Ohhh, let me count the ways. Clocks are a particular favorite of mine, as well as keys and keyholes, I also love the cogs and gears of course.

    As for supplies, I love working with a mix of artisan-crafted pieces (...hi ;P) and found/discarded items like small lightbulbs, vintage keys, and other shiny things I find in gutters and junk shops!

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  11. Set design for "Wicked" contains a lot of inspiration. I love the "clock face as gear" look myself -- think there is an opportunity for really cool watches here.

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  12. You do steampunk so well! I have been so hesitant to dabble in it, mostly because I don't trust myself I think - don't know why... I do like the timepiece parts - and bugs!

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  13. Fave steampunk motifs? I have a huge weakness for airships and flying machines, but I also love clockwork things. Those brass gears would be perfect for a handbound book idea I have, so I will definitely check out Rings and Things!

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  14. I don't really like the "traditional" steampunk components. I like found metal anything...the unexpected.

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  15. cogs and wheels, all the way!

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  16. I don't know! I have never tried anything even remotely steampunky, although I attracted to it. I think I would like actual vintage parts the best, from watches and such. Gears, probably, for sure.

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  17. Watches, watchfaces and keys are my fave steampunk stuff!

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  18. melanie,

    this answer is an easy one for me. my favorites in the steampink area are the following,keys and locks[vintage],the old dresser or trunk keys,any clock parts,and gears,like the ceramic looking styles you make...i have an old trunk key tha i had a glass bead added onto ir,and i've been waiting to find the right pieces to put with it.when i look at it, i think of those old trunks,steampunk style,so i want to make a long vintage looking necklace.i will name it "ALL ABOARD".lol
    barbara hopkins at
    nanniespiperdayle@yahoo.com

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  19. I just love the chains, no matter what metal, although my fave is aged copper. I think it must be the movement and design opportunities that chains add to any design.

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  20. I'm really liking keys and keyholes, and clock parts (gears, hands, any weird inside stuff that would cool in resin). I don't really go for the steampunk design, but I think it just happens for me because I really like old (and old looking)and odd items that I like to find at antique shops. And I love working with old looking brass, too.

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  21. I really love steampunk costumes however I haven't done anything that direction really as far as jewelry goes. My hubby is definitely pushing me that way as he wants a costume for the next con.

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  22. I love, love, love anything to do with watches and keys.

    Alice
    thepetersons13@mchsi.com

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  23. I think my fave steampunk motifs would have to be gear cogs, the patterns in the heads of bolts & washers. These are such great questions too!

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  24. Hi, Melanie - Two of my favorite steampunky components are antique keys & their accompanying escutcheons (keyhole cover plates) - especially in aged, crusty brass.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  25. Well, my favourites are keyholes and keys, both real ones and art components, but I don't see them as steampunk, necessarily. So for steampunk that would be gears, pretty standard. Some springs are also always cool, and some heavy industrial-looking chain. I love your steamstones, and those brass gears are really pretty cool!

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  26. I just love the gears, and anything in pewter.

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  27. These are fantasitc...I have purchased a few gears and washers from Home Depot before and they make great funkalious earrings! I need to try a necklace...my mind is spinning with ideas :)

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  28. My favorite steampunky motifs and jewelry supplies are clock parts! Any and all kinds, including the baby rubies!

    Katina
    kjkoukla(at ) hotmail (dot) com

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  29. I'm especially fond of the compass rose.

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  30. My absolute favorite steampunk jeweler (and someone I'm lucky enough to call friend) is Jen Hilton http://www.jlhjewelry.com/

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  31. I really love what people do with watch parts in Steampunk jewelry. I keep intending to buy a batch for myself, but I always forget about it by the time I have money. The things people do with old technical bits always end up being really interesting, though.

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  32. I really like the watch faces, gears and nuts and bolts - they are fun to play with.

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  33. My favorite motifs for Steampunk include keys, old clocks and vintage writing styles, and, most of all, the compass rose! The compass rose has always been a symbol of adventure and balance. I love the rich, smokey colors and the imagination and inspiration in this genre. I like that it is uncharted territory within just enough parameters to "set the stage".

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  34. Everyone likes gears, I like them too but I especially like fixing wings on either side of a steampunk design. Especially a clock face. I like to think that it shows how time flies even with style.

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  35. My favorite steam punk accessories are big old keys, gears and strange looking found objects, old junk drawers and hardware stores stimulate the imagination!!

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