I love the Steampunk style, for those who don't know what Steampunk is, it is Victorian meets sci fi. Below is a picture of a group of people dressed in Steampunk fashion at the Renaissance Fair last year.
Chainmaille is the art of linking small metal rings (jump rings) together to form a pattern. Those who make jewelry and clothing with it call it a weave instead of a pattern.
I was so excited to get started with this ancient art I went out and purchased some items for my first attempt at making some Steampunk chainmaille jewelry. Because I have never done this before I decided to start simple, and with bigger jump rings. I also decided to use a key and was looking for some ribbon, but found some trim that went well with the rest of my items for the choker I wanted to make. So, here is the finished product.
Nope not a choker, I was going to use the trim to tie it around the neck, but there was the issue with the ends fraying. So, back to Hobby Lobby to get some ribbon crimps, and I also picked up this beautiful toggle to close it with.
I linked the jump rings together than wove the trim in and out of the jump rings. At the end of each ring I attached it by just including two weaves verses one. Also the key was not laying right attached to the bigger jump ring, so I bought 2mm jump rings and attached two of them to the bigger one, now that's better.
So, it went from being a choker to a necklace that measures 14 1/2 inches long. The jump rings were not easy to work with, I figure with some time it will get easier. Those on the videos made it look easy, but in reality it is harder than it looks especially when it comes to the smaller jump rings.
Gears are a big part of Steampunk, and I bought some to incorporate into my first piece, but was not happy with the look. Yes, I will be making more, and I already have an idea using just the gears.
Our future store will also feature customized pieces. What that means is you pick the style and the materials to incorporate, and we will create it for you.
Do you like Steampunk, or make chainmaille jewelry? I would love to hear about and see it.