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13/07/2016

Materials for Steampunk Inspired Jewellery



The term 'steampunk' was coined in 1987 by K.W. Jeter author of Morlock night, and was used to describe a genre of fantasy and exploratory fiction. This style is also heavily influenced by Victorian and Edwardian eras, a time of increased prosperity and creativity, as well as elaborate fashions. Long coats, top hats, bustles and frilly umbrellas were the fashion of the day coupled with ornate pocket watches, pendants and cameo brooches. Steampunk style has grown to incorporate such influences alongside the harder 'mad max' style futuristic industrial elements to create a unique look.

Designing and making steampunk style jewellery need not involve a lot of metal smiting expertise, but some basic jewellery making techniques are helpful to master to achieve the right look. Among these is getting to grips with wire work, specifically coiling, creating spirals and wrapping as these can be key looks involved in the style. Look out for coiling and spiralling gizmos as these can make these tasks much easier and quicker if you are looking to produce a number of items.

There are a number of different materials appropriate for making steampunk jewellery, and many are rooted in the ethos and background of the style. Chain is one of the key elements that you will find time and time again. During the Industrial Revolution the middle classes were able to afford pinchbeck (a golden copper/zinc alloy) and steel that was stamped, pressed and rolled into chains, hence the use of such items in steampunk jewellery.

Charms are also quite heavily used and were popularised by Queen Victoria. However much of the charms on offer today consist of watch parts, and found object, the latter of which can be cheap to obtain. However watch parts can more difficult to source, but take a look on Etsy for sellers with vintage watch movements and cogs. These items tend to be largely from US sellers, but look out for bulk buys as these can mean you get a better deal.

Glass can also be an affordable embellishment to add to your piece. The machine age saw a marked increase in the manufacture of glass and today you can easily pick up glass cabochons, beads or mirrors to adorn your jewellery. You can even make your own with the help of a glass fusing kit.

Cameos are another popular element, especially if you want to do something a little more along the lines of Victorian Gothic jewellery. These were very popular during the Victorian era and the wealthy collected shell or lava cameos while on vacation in Italy.

If you would like to incorporate gemstones and want to stay true to the era choose from; amethyst, opal, turquoise, agate, onyx, carnelian, amber, jade, garnet, ruby, jet, sapphire, peridot, and jasper as these were becoming increasingly available in the mid 19th Century as ships began to bring back gem stones to England as a result of the trade boost with Asia during this period.

The colours used in steampunk style jewellery are also important, and are kept muted and somewhat drab. This is due to the fact that there were no synthetic dyes around in the first half of the 19th Century. You many also want to consider this if you wish to make more Victorian Gothic /mourning style inspired pieces as a lady in mourning would only be allowed to wear black, gray shades or purple and occasionally burgundy or ruby. Combining lace chokers with chain detail can also add to the this look and create a very Gothic feel.

 

 

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07/07/2016

Bead Shopping Online



Saving time and money is something that we would all like to do. Some people consider beading a hobby and others consider it a business. By buying your beading supplies online you can actually save both time and money.

Beads are important for both business and personal benefit and we are going to look at these different ways. We will also discuss why beads are popular in the jewelry department for kids and women.

Most women like to have their outfit completed and complimented with the perfect accessory. These same woman have or want to have a lot of jewelry to select from when picking their outfit such as necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets. Great jewelry designs are made from beads and they can be purchased online. For those that use beading as a business then the online resource is great for you since you can purchase your bead supplies online then sell your finished product online as well. Maybe you are just looking for something for yourself or to give as a gift. If this is the case, then online is a great option for you too since you do not have to travel to the store, you can save money and not to mention a lot of time.

So many different looks can be made using beads. There are some pieces of jewelry that have interchangeable pieces and, therefore, can be modified into different pieces of jewelry in a matter of minutes. There are so many different types of beads that everyone can find something go perfect with their choice of outfits.

When people decide they want to purchase beads the first question they usually ask themselves is, "Where can I buy beads around here?" Most home town type bead stores will not have everything that they need so this will cause them to have to shop at numerous different places to pick up everything that they need. This is one of the primary reasons that companies have begun online bead stores. The online stores have a lot more variety than retail stores which is much more convenient.

Customizing jewelry is an important factor for a lot of people, beads give you this ability. Being able to find great inexpensive beads for your jewelry that look one of a kind and are great quality is a huge advantage.

Since beads are so widely available online now they have become much more popular not just for women and children but for men also. Being able to select the style, color, and size of bead you want makes your wonderful creation that much more beautiful and original.

 

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27/06/2016

Crystal Chandeliers - Exquisite Lighting For Any Home



Crystal chandeliers are simply exquisite. They are a great investment and can dress up any room.

What Are They?

These lighting options have been around for quite some time. They usually have several arms that hold light fixtures. There is crystal pendants that hang throughout the light and there made be some beads as well. The light from the light fixtures is reflected off the beads and pendants and "dances" throughout the room leaving little rainbows everywhere.

Options

There are plenty of size options and design options. There are very large models that will hang high up in grand foyers and entrance ways; these can be hung from a hydraulic system that can be moved up and down for cleaning and to change the light bulbs.

There are plenty of design options that are available from the very traditional to the very modern. Most of the true crystal chandeliers are in the traditional design.

Costs

The cost varies greatly and can almost be prohibitive. There are some less expensive options but usually the less expensive options may not be made from the best crystal. True leaded crystal models are pretty expensive and can literally climb into the tens of thousands.

A great model that is produced with leaded crystal can be had for a few hundred dollars.

Placement

Traditionally this type of lighting was used in formal dining rooms, entrance ways, great halls and foyers. Today they can be found in any room of the home. They are used even in bathrooms, although it seems a shame to sequester such a magnificent lighting piece into a bathroom where not many will get to enjoy it.

These dazzling icons of home décor can be used to light up a formal dining room like no other fixture. They add a certain regal air to a room. For the absolute best effect in a dining room they should be mounted at around thirty inches above the table, if they are especially elaborate they should be mounted much closer to the ceiling than to the table.

A good rule of thumb to follow is to take the width and the height of the room multiple it to get the squared footage and whatever number you come up with that should be the circumference of the crystal chandelier in inches. So if the number is 120 feet than the chandelier should be 120 inches.

 

 

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