Thursday, November 20, 2008

Challenge - Steampunk

The theme for this month's challenge at The Art Bead Scene is Steampunk. I was pretty excited when it was announced as it combines my two styles perfectly. I have always vacillated between a Victorian/antique influence and the modernist movement that began in the 1930s. I have never felt the need to choose one style and focus solely on that. I would be bored in minutes. When I first heard about Steampunk earlier this year I was struck by how perfectly my two styles could now work together and it would be cool and trendy, not just odd and mismatched. (It's funny how odd and mismatched can become commonplace when just a year ago I would have thought it strange:)

Anyhoo, my entry for this month has a lot going on, as you can see. I envisioned astronomical maps with lines and circles crossing the pages... celestial bodies joined by lines of light... the possibility of time travel - first going back, then coming forward only to decide that the past is where it's at. I wanted to make a piece that looked both ancient and modern but, most importantly, is completely wearable.

I first selected four of my own porcelain pieces that I felt worked together harmoniously and fit within the Steampunk theme. Two of which were made from molds I made from Victorian pieces, another features a fly relief and the focal, modernist piece was handbuilt in two pieces.

Adding handforged copper rings and "dart" links gave the piece that feeling of navigation I was looking for (does that make any sense to anyone other than me?) and from there it was just a matter of bringing in some natural stone (gray fossil for the truly ancient look and some lovely chrysocolla) and my favorite Czech glass beads (they have that antique/religious feel I love so much). Oh, and I almost forgot my favorite little touch - a small antique mother of pearl button. :)



If you would like to see a breakdown of the components I used in the making of this necklace please check out this photo on Flickr. :)

12 comments:

thebeadedlily said...

I adore this. I can't tell you how much! It's perfect! I'm not a huge steampunk fan. I like pieces that are inspired by the genre, but only use it as a base to grow from. Love this.

High Desert Diva said...

This is beyond cool...

Heather Powers said...

I love it! You did such a wonderful job combining the elements. The colors and textures of the beads are so beautiful.

Spa Therapy Works said...

I love this necklace! It's amazing!

UniqueNurseGranny said...

Lovely work.Congratulations.

Erin said...

You know, I did think of you when this month's challenge came up! Your pieces do work perfectly with the style. I absolutely LOVE, can I tell you LOVE, the inspirational idea behind this necklace! Genius! Yet again you have created another master piece!

Fab Fibers said...

I think you nailed the whole steampunk thing! Love it and the colors you used are perfect. You go girl!

Round Rabbit said...

Thank you to everyone for your extra wonderful comments! I truly appreciate them. :)

jeweledrabbit said...

That is just incredible.

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The Noisy Plume: said...

HOly crap.
Now that's what I call a necklace!
Just beautiful.

Round Rabbit said...

Thanks so much, Jillian! :)