Friday, March 5, 2010

Funky Find Friday: Steampunk

Okay, so I've been a bad blogger lately. I'm hoping to make up for some of that this month before I have the baby ('cause I'm not guaranteeing a lot of activity in April!). I thought I would do some redeeming with a Funky Find Friday.

This Friday, I thought I would talk about steampunk. What is steampunk you ask? Wikepedia says: "Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy, that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used — usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England" *Source I cut this definition down more to say that as far as art, jewelery, and clothing goes its a combination of Victorian era things with mechanical things. An example of this would be lace and watch gears. Steampunk is gaining wild popularity in clothing and jewelry design and can be found all over Etsy. I first came across steampunk on in the form of jewelry.
Enough rambling, time to show examples:
First is this fab clock sculpture made by Tim Wetherell for an Australian museum.


Or how about this steampunk skin for your ipod?


Very popular are steampunk cuff links made from watch movements like these from London Particulars on Etsy:


How about some steampunk inspired art pieces:

This digital art print by Galeriedeilluminata on Etsy is great:


Or this print from Chet Phillips's Steampunk Monkey series on Etsy:

I too have been caught up in the craze. Here's a necklace I made recently out of watch movements, gears and vintage silverware:


Steampunk takes on different meanings to different folks. But in general, the style is fairly defined. I wear a brooch on my coat of a seahorse with a watch movement for a body (I'll try and get a pic later). I constantly get compliments on it and explain to people what "steampunk" is. I love the style as far as jewelry goes. I hope you enjoy it too!
Happy Crafting!


  1. love, love, love, love, love! especially the clock.

    hope the pregnancy is going well!


  2. That necklace is very cool. I love the vision of it. wow!

  3. Thanks for the input ladies! All is well with the baby. I have a little more than three weeks to go now. Getting to the home stretch!



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