Vintage steampunk or steampunked vintage…

For some time now I’ve admired the look of the steampunk attitude towards jewellery. All cogs, and parts and odd bits and pieces. Although eclectic more or less means ‘A bit of all styles’ I feel that steampunk is attracted to the eclectic side of my beading. Popping through spotlight today just having a squiz – we all love spotlight for which ever reason we’re there – and steampunk is still huge in their beading section. I’m going to make a small collection of steampunk scarf bails and brooches as I think it will bring a little crazy to your outfit without going the whole hog as it were.

The vintage side of things has grabbed my attention also. The styles back then – 1920’s onwards – were so much more stylish and funky.  I’ve several books on making jewellery and bags and am definitely going to focus on that side of thing. As usual I have gone from lots of jewellery to wanting fewer styles to going back round again. Sometimes it takes a while to get into the space where you want to be. I’ve been down this vintage path before so I’m figuring it’s more the place I should be. Steampunk and vintage. Definitely an eclectic mix and perfect for those that know me.

As for the title. I’m steampunked vintage jewellery will be pretty funky for sure.

New Display – new styling – new phrase

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been here, and I haven’t done a damn thing craft wise. I have changed the blog theme again, after I posted that it was all good. I like it much better now. This is the one, and my new catch phrase is there at the top. I think that it encompasses my style well enough.

I have done a little more thinking, and today I bought some boxes for props. Even though they wont be used for carrying items, not all of them anyway, they wont be taking up extra space, as some of my other props will be relegated elsewhere. Never fear, they wont be gathering too much dust, I have plenty of chances to use differnet props.

I have decided on a feminine and retro vintage styled display. Something that accentuates my new jewellery and yet is an easy display to utilise. I feel this is the basis of my style, not totally retro or vintage, but a little of both maybe. Definitely feminine and funky. And totally Eclectic (according to the dictionary’s meaning – taking bits from different styles and using them all).

One set of boxes and ‘books’ all have the vintage Parisian look and pictures, while the other is slightly different with the words dream, believe, inspire and laugh on them with funky floral type patterns. Retro and funky, while still being inspirational.
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This idea was all well and good until I set it up and realised that maybe the boxes would outshine the jewellery. Eek. I didn’t take that into account. They were covered with my white cloth and boxes turned into a mountain (thats what I saw, a rugged white mountain) and I draped necklaces over the edges, and added two earring stands. It looks much better. I might try it one day with bright pieces only on the darker boxes and see if it works.
Below is the mock set I did, only half done I know but the space is allocated to smaller items. I make sure all the large pieces and stands fit before anything else gets done. Please excuse the crappy night time pictures. I will do a short post tomorrow with it properly set up for market, hopefully it will look a lot better.

I have packed my boxes for market and I am really happy that I now only have 3 instead of 4 boxes, but there is less jewellery and so less props. If it all falls to shite, I can easily revert back to the way it was, but I am already liking this, weird as that may sound.

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Happy crafting 🙂
Jennifer