Steampunk Style-Jewelry: Victorian Fantasy, and Mechanical Necklaces, Bracelets, and Earrings is a visual treat starting with the cover, which features a gold winged watchworks pendant, all the way to the Gallery of Steampunk Designs by various artists that grace the final pages. The Maker's Workshop section covers the standard hardware, tools, cements and sealants required to construct jewelry. The text also includes helpful information about shopping for found objects; caution to be taken when handling glow-in-the-dark watch parts from the early 1900s that might contain radium; and how to keep bubbles from forming in dimensional glaze. Basic Jewelry-Making Techniques are nicely illustrated, but this is not a beginner's book. The roots - art, film, and literature of Steampunk culture - are touched upon. The lingo - terms like "modding" and "gearing"- is explained and illustrated in the photos of Steampunk sculpture, costumes, accessories and art jewelry.
I was particularly fond of the goggles presented on pages 128-129 (designed by Rob Powell, Melanie Brooks and Nicholas Chambon), and the Horological Faery Gaget with "Elgin Watch" wings on page 91 (by Jen Hilton). I was also wowed by Chronos #8 (designed by Madelyn Smoak) - the gold winged pendant on the cover - again shown on page 114. The Anachronist Necklace (by Margot Potter) on page 28, the Captured Time Ring (by Barbe Saint John) on page 34, and the copper propeller bracelet designed by Ricky Wolbrum on page 137 are all items I'd love to own. But then there's Minerva's Folly Cuff with spikey brass bolts fringed with black tulle on page 54 (by Annie Singer); a bit too weapon-like for my taste--but still, something for everyone.
The photographs of these whimsical creations are delightful - so even if one is not inclined to make wear-able objects, antique collectors, artists, fashion conscious individuals and jewelry lovers will also enjoy Steampunk Style-Jewelry: Victorian Fantasy, and Mechanical Necklaces, Bracelets, and Earrings.
Submitted by Deb @ Bay View