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Steampunk Style Jewelry: A Maker's Collection of Victorian, Fantasy, and Mechanical Designs Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Dec 2009
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Jean Campbell does an outstanding job of presenting and describing what the steampunk style is all about. Quoting her definition- 'Generally, Steampunk is a fashion, design and popular-culture phenomenon that combines romance and technology. Among its many influences are futurism, time travel, and the Victorian Age.'Although Steampunk has been around for over 20 years many people have never heard this term. Jean does an incredible job of presenting jewelry designs and step by step instructions including the materials list for each project. Not only do we get the instructions on how to make these fascinating pieces, we also are introduced to the whole genre of Steampunk. Included throughout the book are sidebars on Steampunk in general- such as books, movies, fashion, animations, bands, and sculpture all depicting the Steampunk style. A sampling of the Table of Contents includes: Basic jewelry-making techniques The Anachronist Necklace Captured Time Ring Gearrings Time Travelers Necklace Machinery in Motion Necklace Dirigible Aviatrix Necklace Tick Tock Drop Earrings Tempus Fugit Pendant Gallery of Steampunk Designs The jewelry projects listed in this book are beginner to intermediate level and represent a good cross-section including necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings. I ve always been a fan of sci-fi and the Victorian Age so I found this to be a perfect fit. Well written, fabulous pictures and detailed instructions make the book a real winner. Let your imagination run wild using this book as a guide to the world of Steampunk. Your collection of jewelry has never looked like this before!...Bella online, December, 2009...It is fun of beautiful pieces of steampunk jewelry. I just recently got into steampunk and always looking for ideas on my steampunk crafts. This is so beautifully done with wonderful ideas and pictures to go from. If you are into steampunk or vintage jewelry, I highly recommend this book. --Craftblips, January, 2010
Steampunk is a popular culture movment that combines romance and technology and is influenced by the Victorian era and 19th century futuristic writers. The 13 projects featured in this beautiful book use pieces found or horded, leather scraps, charms, printed paper, wire, vintage watches, brass and copper to create one of a kind, edgy, unusual and thought provoking jewellery. each piece of jewellery tells a story, evokes a memory or is simply quirky and fun. --Making Jewellery, April, 2001
About the Author
Jean Campbell is a freelance craft editor and author. She is the founding editor of Interweave's Beadwork magazine and has written and edited more than 40 books. Jean has appeared on the DIY Jewelry Making show, The Shay Pendray Show, and PBS' Beads, Baubles, and Jewels where she gives how-to instructions, provides inspiration, and offers crafting advice. She lives in Eden Prairie, MN. Visit her online at http: //www.jeancampbellink.com.
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It is a well laid out book, and has good photos and instructions of the jewelry projects.
I think the great thing about the book is you can take the project ideas and adapt them; to make the item, detail for detail would be exhaustive as it would take some time to gather all of the bits and pieces needed- and then it wouldn't be as unique.
The book also has some info and history of the steampunk style culture.
Definitely a handy book to have if you like the steampunk style and want to create some great accessories to wear.
This is a history book with some jewelry projects included.
If you are curious about steampunk history and influences, this is your book.
The few projects in the book are poor and the ready made parts used to do them are not easy to get
(this is if you can get them at all...).
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