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Steampunk Chic [Paperback]

Jennifer O'Neil , Kitty O'Neil

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: All American Crafts Publishing Inc (15 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936708086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936708086
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.1 x 0.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,293,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steampunk Chic Catch the wave of the popular Steampunk Style in crafting as well-known authors and designers, Jennifer and Kitty O'Neil present their own version of this fun and funky look in crafts and home decor with 15 new fanciful projects. They'll show how to create delightful vintage flare from recycled finds of all kinds. Full description

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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shabby chic, not Steampunk chic 5 Feb 2012
By Atalanta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
There are steampunk elitists who say that just sticking a few gears on does not steampunk make. I agree to a degree, think about placement as though the gears and such were actually working. Unfortunately, the authors seem to follow the "add gears and old junk and it's steampunk!" No, it's not.

The authors do have some good ideas for sources, like hardware stores and flea markets. The projects are well thought out and the directions and illustrations are clear and easy to follow. Some of the projects, like the book stash, do look late 19th century inspired. But it's not steampunk.

If you would like some creative shabby chic projects, this is the book for you. If you're looking for "real" steampunk ideas, look elsewhere. I read a library copy and did not buy this.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I"m reminded of a song by Sir Reginald Pikedevant, Esq... 20 Mar 2012
By Harlequin Eyes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As I read the Gazette to catch up on the news,
Some classified adverts I chanced to peruse.
When I saw a category called "Steampunk",
I turned to it eagerly, but left in a funk.
For I quite enjoy the steampunk aesthetic,
But what I beheld there was rather pathetic!
These intrepid online auctioneers
Had just taken modern objects and stuck on some gears!
It's simply not cricket!
It shouldn't be done!
But it's clear how their thoughts had run:
Just glue some gears on it, and call it steampunk;
That's the trendy fashion nowadays!
A copper-painted chunk of some nineteen-eighties junk
Will fetch a pretty penny on eBay!
But it got even worse than that, I'm afraid:
And as I went on, I became more dismayed;
For they often didn't modify the things they wanted me to buy
Heavens to Besty!
They'll end up on Regretsy!
Steampunk is more than a mere mode of dress
or decoration, so it brings me some distress
To see a metal cicada described with that name,
Or a teacup,
a mood ring,
a silver gilt frame.
Gluing on gears at least takes effort;
This is sloth of the worst sort!
Just glue some gears on it, and call it steampunk;
That's the trendy fashion nowadays!
A copper-painted chunk of some nineteen-eighties junk
Will fetch a pretty penny on eBay!
"Steampunk" refers to a type of science fiction
about alternate pasts (not future prediction),
Often set in Victorian Britain,
But the history of technology has been rewritten.
So put a bit of thought into your designs!
Use leather and brass, nineteenth century lines!
"Retro-futuristic" is a good explanation;
Blend antique reality with imagination.
But calling things "steampunk" to try to sound "cool",
Makes you look like a bloody fool!
Just glue some gears on it, and call it steampunk;
That's the trendy fashion nowadays!
A copper-painted chunk of some nineteen-eighties junk
Will fetch a pretty penny on eBay!
Gauges and rivets, copper tubing and glass
Lend a steampunk creation a real touch of class
Gears are appropriate to introduce
If they look like they have a legitimate use.
Although Nixie tubes are undeniably splendid,
They date from long after the Age of Steam ended.
(Pity, really; I just love Nixie tubes.)
Anyway, I hope you've comprehended.
So use the word "steampunk" correctly, old chap
And don't use it to refer to crap!
Just glue some gears on it, and call it steampunk;
That's the trendy fashion nowadays!
A copper-painted chunk of some nineteen-eighties junk
Will fetch a pretty penny on eBay!
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just bought this! 17 Feb 2012
By Lady Alexandra - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Steampunk is a design style all its own. Recognizable by its whimsical use of clock gears, watch faces, and skeleton keys, it may not be to everyone's taste. But to those who sense the magic of this curiosity, the design possibilities are seemingly endless.

Jennifer and Kitty O'Neil, experts at repurposing flea market finds, turn their found treasures into "Victorian restyling of everyday objects into home accents imbued with mystery and romance."

If you have a penchant for making up stories about found objects, then steampunk crafting offers ample opportunities for your imagination to jump the fence. The O'Neil sisters themselves spin artful tales about each of their creations, combining crafty witticisms to inspire you--and have you running for that box of gears you bought for 25 cents at a garage sale that you knew would come in handy one day.

The Alchemist's Garden would make the perfect gift for the budding horticulturist in your life. A plant stake crafted from flatware--and embossed with the genus and species of said plant--adds just enough steampunk charm to any potted plant. If you're looking for something a bit more fantastical, then the Candela Obscura chandelier is the perfect edgy accent for your foyer--or even to light your workspace. Looking like it came straight from a mad scientist's lab, this light fixture is composed of wire-wrapped light bulbs, vacuum tubes, and a countless array of steampunk ephemera. Looking for a conversation piece? Place a Gas Lamp Love Story on the coffee table when you throw your next party. The middle is carved out of a hardcover book and replaced with a post office box door, then sealed with a padlock, creating a clever book box that must be opened with a key.

The O'Neil sisters offer easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photos. Weaving through it all is their unique voice, making you feel as if you are journeying on a crafting adventure with dear friends. A handy guide to gathering steampunk finds, as well as an inventory of necessary tools will have you on your way in no time.

Is it hardcore steampunk? No, but I think anyone with a fondness for the whimsy of what I will call "steampunk lite" will have no trouble enjoying this book. I bought it on the recommendation of a friend, and was not disappointed.
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