We’re Suckers for Steampunk!

Gear & filigree earrings. Photo courtesy of beadinggem.com

Gear & filigree earrings. Photo courtesy of beadinggem.com

Cogs and gears and rivets, oh my! It seems like steampunk culture is everywhere, from embellished bags, to sculpture (R2D2 is our fave!), to clothing. Where we have enjoyed seeing it most, however, is in jewelry. We can’t think of a better way to justify keeping those oddball bits and pieces, like orphan keys, watch parts, and other bits of metal, than by using them to create fabulous jewelry!

Although the term “steampunk” has been around since the late 80s, and hints of this sub-genre of science fiction can be found in the works of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Mary Shelley, it has really taken off as a fashion genre in recent years. People have embraced steampunk as a culture and a lifestyle (as Wikipedia can tell you), and although we are impressed by these folks’ commitment to their lifestyles, we are happy to pay homage to the genre by creating jewelry that alludes to the fantastic world of steam- and spring-powered technology.

Below are just a few amazing steampunk-inspired pieces we thought you’d enjoy! If you are interested in making your own steampunk jewelry, come on down to Blue Door Beads and we’ll show you how to combine cool components from Vintaj with watch parts, rivets, rings, and more to create jewelry that reflects your own steampunk style!

This steampubnk owl is a great combination of watch parts, hand-stamped metal, spacer beads & Swarovski crystals! Photo courtesy of riverpathstudio on Etsy.

This steampubnk owl is a great combination of watch parts, hand-stamped metal, spacer beads & Swarovski crystals! Photo courtesy of riverpathstudio on Etsy.

Adorable polymer clay hummingbord with steampunk wings & tail! Photo courtesy of DesertRubble on Etsy.

Adorable polymer clay hummingbord with steampunk wings & tail! Photo courtesy of DesertRubble on Etsy.

A cool combo of watch faces & watch hands! Photo courtesy of PuddinAndPeanuts.

A cool combo of watch faces & watch hands! Photo courtesy of PuddinAndPeanuts.

Polymer clay steampunk unicorn pendant. Photo courtesy of Freeheart1 on Etsy.

Polymer clay steampunk unicorn pendant. Too cute! Photo courtesy of Freeheart1 on Etsy.

Watch part & filigree ring. Photo courtesy of LondonParticulars on Etsy.

Watch part & filigree ring. Photo courtesy of LondonParticulars on Etsy.

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2 thoughts on “We’re Suckers for Steampunk!

  1. ALL of your pieces are fantastic and I LOVE that you combine filigree with the recycled pieces! Very coolness going on 🙂 Will continue to check you out!
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