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Steampunk Accessories: 20 Projects to Help you Nail the Style, from Goggles to Mobile Phone Cases, Gauntlets and Jewellery [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Nicola Tedman , Sarah Skeate
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12 May 2012
Steampunk enthusiasts love accessories, and none better than those they can craft and style themselves. The 20 projects included here are easy to make and readily customized with personal details and keepsakes - they range from the everyday and accessible to the slightly more elaborate for the committed steampunker.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Press (12 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908005289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908005281
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 21.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicola Teadman is a model-maker, and has worked for theatre, television and film, including the Harry Potter films. Sarah Skeate is an illustrator, and also works in publishing. So it's hardly surprising that when the two come together to write a book, that the end result is pretty, atmospheric, well written and theatrical. Opening up this book feels a little like stepping into a scene from Sherlock Holmes, or Lyra's Oxford in Northern Lights. It has a feeling of exploration, adventure, and history. As you look through the projects, you see rivets, cogs, and clock hands, and all those details that add that theatrical fantasy twist, that turns the projects from historical to steampunk. The book has the charm of a bygone era with some of the pages tinted cream and brown to replicate the signs of ageing paper. The backgrounds are decorated with victorian style illustrations, showing people in victorian dress, inventions from an industrial age, steam engines, flying machines, stop watches and cogs. The book begins with the usual introduction, followed by helpful sections that cover Materials and Techniques. There is a comprehensive list of tools, and a short explanation of how they are used, suggestions on how to source materials, as well as instructions on Adhesives and Gluing, and Working with Leather. I found these sections to be incredibly informative and thorough, covering a good seven pages. No assumptions are made about the reader's knowledge or ability, every detail has been considered, even things as simple as correctly opening and closing jump rings, as well as maybe less commonly used skills, such as using liver of sulphur, eyelets and rivets, and dying leather. Although the book can appear quite text heavy in places, the layout is clear and tidy. It uses a red dashed line as a decorative sewing themed visual aid, to both separate boxes of text containing lists, and tips, and to lead the eye around and across the page. There are twenty projects to fulfill including items for men as well as women, with some demanding more time and effort than others. They include a variety of accessories including jewellery, millinery, gauntlets, fob watches and goggles, all with a wonderful combination of vintage style and mechanical elements. With the exception of the brooch, and fob watch projects, all the projects start with a full page colour photo of the finished item being modelled, which also acts as the project title page. This is followed by a detailed, red diagram of the item with some additional notes, and a list of the things that you will need. Some of the more complex items do appear to have very long lists, but don't let that deter you, as not only is every little tiny item listed, such as jump rings, but it also includes all of the tools that you will use. The instructions for each project are written step-by-step, with accompanying numbered diagrams, at a glance some of them appear a bit long, continuing over several pages, but they are clear and very precise. It also often points out what not to do or things that may go wrong, so you can feel confident and reassured that you have been forewarned of any potential mishaps. I thought the illustrations across the background may be distracting, being so close to the diagrams, but this didn't turn out to be the case, as they only sit behind a small amount of text, and are kept clear of the diagrams. The illustrations are also much lighter, so fade easily behind the rest of the elements on the page. In truth, the book would lack the same atmosphere and drama if it wasn't so highly decorated. At the back of the book there are templates, which provide you with line drawings to scan, print and cut out for shapes. They also give you the vintage imagery used within some of the projects, such as an image of a compass for the Leather Phone Case. --ukhandmade 30th June 2012

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Nicola Tedman is a professional model/maker who has worked on movie and television productions as diverse as the Harry Potter films and In The Night Garden...She's a stickler for detail; Steampunk Accessories is her fourth book. Sarah Skeate is an illustrator with a day job in publishing, who conceptualized many of the projects in the book. She has worked on a variety of titles on subjects ranging from felt zombies to children's craft.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for steampunkers, 24 Oct 2013
By AliG
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A great book with a range of ideas for different abilities. Covers techniques and designs in just the right level of detail, I would recommend this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ignorant nan. 24 Oct 2013
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My granddaughter is very interested in Steampunk, so I have collected bits and have made some jewellery for her. The book gave me an insight into the style quite clearly, although some projects were rather advanced for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting detailed instructions 18 Sep 2012
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Never seen a book like this although apparently others exist. I do a lot of crafting but never thought of making steam punk items. Love the jewellery and has inspired me to have a go although I'll need a few tools. Good descriptions and explanations, highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas for a newcomer 18 Aug 2014
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Good ideas for a newcomer. Now to collect the 'junk' to make some of them and put my own stamp on the designs. Nicely produced and well illustrated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Steampunk DIY project book 22 July 2012
By John H. Sondericker - Published on Amazon.com
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We here at Steampunk Tales have been having an absolute blast with Steampunk Accessories: 20 Projects to Help You Nail the Style It is the perfect seed for your creative steampunk project. The projects are varied, tasteful, pragmatic and loaded with steampunky goodness. If you're a fan of the genre and a crafter or interested in crafting, Steampunk Accessories: 20 Projects to Help You Nail the Style is the perfect launch-pad to get you right into the mix. Nicely done!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute book 30 Jan 2013
By Stephanie A. Dilday - Published on Amazon.com
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I love crafting and crafty books and steampunk. This book has all three. There are quite a few great ideas for one to try in here, but I wasn't blown away. If I wanted to do every single project I would have given it five stars, but since thats not the case I give it four.

With that being said the content is well delivered. Very nice pictures to show what you are making, clear instructions should make this fairly easy for anyone to follow. In addition, with some of the skills you learn, it will be easy for you to adapt ideas into your own vision, and not just make a carbon copy of what is presented in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good. 7 July 2013
By Bootaholic - Published on Amazon.com
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A Must have for novice steamers, maybe a pass for the hard core. I liked it enough to keep it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk garb guide 24 Feb 2013
By silverleaf - Published on Amazon.com
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Great photos, inspiring projects for the DIY steampunker! Well written and easy to follow instructions make this a great guide to bring your attire to the next level!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for my collection 20 May 2014
By Curfy - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm new to Steampunk and needed some inspiration. This book will be a great help in getting my costume together.
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