Monday, March 6, 2017

Steampunk Jewelry-Finnabair Mar Challenge

Hello Makers!

My posting today is unique because, this time, my make is jewelry. I like to dabble in jewelry making using found objects, stringing, beading and soldering. I don't do a whole lot of it because I am torn between working on Mixed Media projects and jewelry. Finnabair & Friends Open Studio Facebook has a challenge every month called Designer's Fave Challenge. For March, John Creighton Petersen, from Art New Wave is the Designer heading up the challenge and the theme is handmade jewelry. I made two pendants, one named 'Steampunk Bird' and the other named 'X Marks the Spot' using, both Finnabair Mechanicals, other hardware and clay.

Steampunk Bird Pendant


The idea behind this piece is that the nest and leaves are made of high tech metal with rivets, vice being made of natural twigs and leaves because in the post apocalyptic world  and there are no trees. The base is a Finnabair Mechanicals Filigree. The nest is a lamp check ring, found at my local hardware store. The bird and eggs is made using Polymer Clay. The little leaves are store bought findings. Everything was treated with Christi Friesen Swellegants. Copper Paint, and Tiffany Green were used on the nest and bird. The eggs were treated with Brass paint and Gold-Green/Verdigris Patina. The filigree (the base) was painted first with Finnabair Heavy Black Gesso, then treated with Swellegant Bronze paint and Gold-Green/Verdigris Patina. What I love about Swellegant is the matte, aged effect metal finish it creates.

X Marks the Spot Pendant

I used Finnabair Mechanicals and gears. No glue, findings, bails or tools was used for this piece, just the Mechanicals, leather cord, and weaving some X's and knots. The pendant was treated with Christi Friesen Swellegant, Brass paint and Tiffany Green Patina and tinge of copper wax on the high rise surface areas. However for this piece, I used way more Patina that I did for the bird pendant, so that is why you see more of the copper patina effect. Whereby, for the bird and nest, I used way more copper paint.


Steampunk Bird and X Marks the Spot Pendants



Steampunk Bird Pendant







X Marks the Spot Pendant





2 comments:

  1. Oh these are WONDERFUL!! I love your idea and the story behind it, and the stepouts are perfect! keep doing more of these please!

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  2. This is so beautiful Iris. Coming from SASPC FB group. Loving your creations, I would love to visit your blog again.

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