Written by Jean Campbell
Steampunk jewelry features mechanical found objects with Old World Victoria-style filigree, charms, chains, gems and beads to create one-of-a-kind pieces that marry romance, technology, and attitude. The twenty projects in this book, original works by thirteen designers, conjure up images of time and space travel, the teatime intrigues of Jane Austen, the inventiveness of H.G. Wells, and the edgy energies of Mad Max.
The featured necklaces, rings and bracelets require only basic jewelry-making techniques - stringing, wirework, hammering, stamping and beadwork. Brass and copper are the metals of choice, embellished with lacy textures, glittering beads, and clever closures and connections.
Throughout the book, you’ll find profiles of the artists, historical roots, fashion trends, and ideas that define Steampunk. These sidebars provide a mini encyclopeia of the style and its influence on all aspects of popular culture. Among the featured artists are Jake Von Slatt (The Steampunk Workshop), Libby Bulloff (Exoskeleton Cabaret), and Robert “Dread Captain Robert” Brown (from the band Abney Park). At the back of the book, you’ll also find a photo gallery of moredesigners’ work showcasing Steampunk style in mixed media.