Tuesday, 15 February 2011

A Fascination with a Fascinator?

In something of a flurry of Steampunk inspiration, I decided to branch out into the exotic world of the Steampunk fascinator, creating this tea-stained paper and feather fascinator in the process. 

I've never done tea-staining before (shocking I know, given how popular it is in schools), but I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. It gave the paper a nice aged colour, with some little concentrations of colour to give a bit of interest. The pages came out of an old ancient history journal, and though I would never normally deface a book, I was assured that the title in question was hopelessly out of date and therefore utterly useless to any serious scholar. (Fingers crossed they're right...) To make the rosette itself, I indulged in a little teabag folding. It may have a strange name, but it's a very versatile craft skill I'd thoroughly recommend acquiring.

I got the gold button and the feathers in the local craft shop, an occurence which was incredibly pleasing as we haven't had a craft shop for quite some time, and this one is relatively new. I wasn't entirely sure how to attach the feathers at first, but in the end I used some 34 gauge gold wire to tie them onto the comb on the back. It's worked well and they seem nice and secure.

Overall, I'm very pleased with how it turned out, and it's currently for sale in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Victorian Valentine...

Well ladies and gents, here is my latest creation...

What with the world gearing up for Valentine's Day on the 14th, I decided to enter into the lovey-dovey spirit and create a pair of decidedly Victorian love themed earrings. The heart charms themselves are just beautiful - they have that oh-so-Victorian intricacy that I've always loved, and a nice slightly burnished finished so they don't look too new. I also decided to echo the shape of the small gold charms at the top by adding little bicone crystal beads, choosing a nice taupe colour to bring out the rich, intense red of the main beads. At first I tried making these with gold wire, but they just didn't look right, so I switched to copper which I think looks much more 'antique' and suitable.

Hope you like them, and I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day, be it with the love of your life, your friends, or your family. They're all precious, so let them know how much you care about them. <3

These earrings are currently for sale in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Best Dressed 2010 - Update

In yet more of my random wanderings in the aether, I've discovered the identities of our exceedingly well-dressed mystery Steampunk couple...

They're called Orla and Jdeignan, and you can visit Orla's deviantART profile here. She has an awesome array of Steampunk costumes, so why not take a look and get some inspiration?

Friday, 28 January 2011

Best Dressed 2010?

 In my random wanderings in the aether, I happened to stumble upon this fabulously attired pair...

Aside from looking like they've stepped straight out of the Steampunkiverse or a Cherie Priest novel, the attention to detail on their costumes is phenomenal. From her double layered gloves, to the bullet-belt wrapped around his wrist, there is nothing about their outfits I don't absolutely adore. I particularly love the colour combination of her olive green corset and claret red skirt - so unusual but it works perfectly.

Could they be the best dressed Steampunk couple of 2010? Let me know your thoughts.

You can find the original posting on deviantART here. Be sure to go and leave a comment - they must have worked really hard on their outfits, so they sure do deserve it.

Alas, poor Blogger...

... I've neglected it so.

I'm terribly sorry I haven't posted the retrospectives I promised just before Christmas. Unfortunately, the same hectic schedule that had created the need for them in the first place continued to exert its wearisome influence, thus making my task nigh-on impossible. BUT! Huzzah, my schedule has finally lightened, albeit only temporarily.

So do not divert your attention ladies and gentlemen, for here (over the next few days) comes a veritable garden of Steampunk delights...