Saturday, April 2, 2011

Key to my Heart asymmetric necklace - Vintage Retro Ornate Skeleton Key and Labradorite wire wrapped in oxidized blackened sterling silver - Steampunk Gothic Victorian chic style jewellery by Arctida

As many of you know, I’m a scientist at my day job which makes me a nerd or a geek whatever you prefer :) One of the hottest trends right now in geek culture is something known as steampunk. (Think of the works of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and more recently, books like The Difference Engine.)

Steampunk fashion romanticizes the Victorian age. The books tend to gloss over the low points of the last century and focus on the fun aspects (dirigibles, items made of shiny brass, goggles, explorer’s and top hats, skeleton keys, Egyptology and steam-driven machines).

Being a hand-maker and an amateur photographer I couldn’t stay away from Steampunk and just had to try making something myself :) So here is the result: Key to my Heart asymmetric necklace featuring a genuine vintage skeleton key attached to a handcrafted chain made of oxidized sterling silver and Labradorite rondelles.

 

My biggest accomplishment however is not the necklace but the costume shot of my model (my little sister) above. The ensemble was assembled by me and most of the parts are vintage clothing (except of the corset). The top hat being the oldest and dating back to 18th century Paris!


So the next step would be is gathering my courage and maybe attend the actual Steampunk convention! Who knows, right :)

11 comments:

Yulia Kazansky said...

Very interesting post, great photos. I love steampunk.

Yana said...

Love the necklace and the photos!

Olga said...

Love this hat, Alecia! And the necklace is gorgeous!

Natalka said...

interesting article! and I like necklace!

SocksAndMittens said...

gorgeous photographs,love it!

FleetingStillness said...

very interesting and such a great photo!

IrinaN said...

Lovely pics :)

aegeansea said...

Great Steampunk creation! And , wow, Little Sis looks fantastic! Great photo shot, too!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Gorgeous necklace! Your sister looks great in the ensemble. I recently watched a local program on steampunk and always thought of it as a jewelry style. It was amazing to see all the facets to the steampunk world! The convention would be tons of fun if you can make it! Full of inspiration too.

Great blog...I came across it while browsing Flickr. ~Val

Irina said...

Very interesting post, great photos!!!

Natalie Jean (Bottoms) Kelsey said...

Fantastic!

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