Mixed inspirations

Steampunk is all about technology, and I though why not mix in some nature inspired element? I was going to shape the beads into something more abstract, but it just didn’t look good, so I sticked with the twig-like shape. I used a round part of a watch movement. If you try to move the large gear on the side, the other two gears will rotate. Available on Etsy.

From the sea

Back when I was a teenager, I used to spend my summer holidays with my parents, often at the seaside or near it. It was a Baltic sea, and it doesn’t provide interesting shells for jewellery, but on the annual St. Dominic’s fair in Gdansk, you could buy all kinds of exotic shells and ambers. I used to spend half of my allowance on them and I’d string them on a piece of leather cord, …

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Clockwork hearts

I’m really trying to stay away from the general “cuteness”, so when I’ve got heart-shaped beads in my assorted glass batches, I thought “yuck”. But after a while, I figured people like hearts, so I might try to make something out of them, something that’s different than everything else. Not exactly cute, not entirely kitsch. As you could see in one of my previous posts, my last batch included a lot of hearts. Now I’ve …

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Heart of Lorkhan

I’ve been playing Morrowind a lot lately (again), whis is surprisingly inspiring for a video game, where usually most things are obvious and no place is left for doubt. The island on which the story is being played, has numerous ruins left from hundreds of years before by a race of inventors and scientists called the Dwemer (based vaguely on Assyrians). The whole race has vanished from the realm, and the reason why is the …

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Clockwork kittens

The very first thing that I thought when I saw the photo of the watch parts batch I ordered online, was “Cats! These look like sitting cats!”. So these kittens were the first items I made out of watch parts. They are smaller than they seem. Waiting for another batch of supplies and looking forward to a kitten wrapping spree. One of them is available on Etsy.

Clockwork fly

I really loved making this piece! It was supposed to be a beetle, actually, but it somehow turned into a fly during the process of making… It’s made mostly of craft wire and vintage watch parts. I decided to cheer it up a bit with tiny red seed beads and Czech fire polished glass beads. Available on Etsy.