August 25, 2008

Steampunk Cuff Bracelet


















I became fascinated with steampunk jewelry and was drawn to the imagery and innovative designs that make the style so unique. Think Jules Vern - lots of copper, brass, gears, time pieces, leather, etc. The steam powered era inventions of the past.

This is my take on it however, toned down just a bit. A black leather studded cuff has a vintage men's watch with the insides removed leaving room for self expression. I chose "Green World, Beautiful World" from a vintage book that was aged perfectly requiring no alterations on my part.

I added the following trinkets in my association with a beautiful, green world-

  • a dove charm to symbolize peace with our environment
  • tiny green glass seed beads that symbolize growth and seeds of change
  • a green Czech glass bead - a green world
  • a vintage shell button - just because I love them
  • and finally vintage glass glitter for sparkle to symbolize the stars in the heavens

I attached a sparrow charm to the outside of the watch with black metal wire.

3 comments:

Karen from A`Musements said...

Beautiful cuff, Julie! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the details and the attention to each element in your work... this is wonderful (and I don't even truly understand 'steam punk' genre!)
xoxo
Karen

The Old Painted Cottage said...

I've never heard of this type of jewelry before, and I'm immediately taken with it. How fun and unique. I love your blog, and have added you to my fave's list.

oxox
Jennifer

Kathy said...

Julie,

I absolutely LOVE your cuff, every little part of it is so wonderful!

I'm off to read more of your blog, but just had to tell you how much I loved this!!!

Kathy