Put Some Spunk In Your Steampunk Jewelry Designs

Sep 4, 2013

While I was at Bead Fest Philadelphia last weekend, I stopped by to see the lovely ladies of Lillypilly Designs and see their new jewelry-making products. I'm always inspired to see what kinds of materials other artist are using in their jewelry-making designs, and these new supplies from Lillypilly are particularly great for those of us who love to make steampunk jewelry, I think!

Patterned Ultrasuede

One of the many reasons that I love Nicole's Beadbacking for bead embroidery is that it's fun to let the beautiful colors show through in a design. Now, Lillypilly stocks Ultrasuede with four gorgeous patterns burned into the fabric, in sixteen different colors. It's everything you love about Ultrasuede -- can be sewn with a regular beading needle, cuts easily with a good pair of embroidery scissors -- but with a whole lot of visual interest.
Why do I love it? These are pretty enough to make into a bracelet or pendant all by themselves. You can add beaded accents by just stitching along the patterns, adding your favorite beads. For an easy bracelet making project, layer it on genuine suede or leather (use a glover's needle to stitch through the leather), add a couple of rivets and a cool clasp, and you've got a finished piece of jewelry!

Cork Veneer

If you're looking for a new kind of material to use for your steampunk and mixed-media jewelry, this is a great place to start. Lillypilly's patterned cork veneer is sturdy, yet flexible enough to be adhered to a brass cuff bracelet, and can easily be cut with utility scissors, a guillotine-style paper cutter, or even a disc cutter.
Why do I love it? Cork veneer is great for almost-instant steampunk jewelry-making projects. It mixes with both metals and fabrics, and can be stitched through with a heavy needle like a glover's needle. The durable surface means that you don't need to apply any kind of sealant (unless you want to), and

 Slate Veneer

Now, if you're looking for a more challenging material to use in your steampunk jewelry designs, this slate veneer is for you. Created by pouring a mixture of resin and fiberglass over a thin piece of genuine slate, it can be cut with utility scissors, a disc cutter, or heavy duty shears, or a jeweler's saw. It comes in a wide range of natural colors, as well as some patterns, all with a wonderful organic look and feel. Because the back of some of the natural colors is a bit rough, it's best to back it with a softer fabric like Ultrasuede or leather.
Why do I love it? Once you cut the slate veneer into smaller pieces, it's perfect for fitting into bezels and covering with your favorite resin. Add tiny watch gears, seed pearls, or other steampunk jewelry-making materials for a new take on industrial steampunk jewelry. Add your own handmade chain or use your favorite wire wrapping techniques to create fabulous handmade jewelry.

One of my favorite sources for inspiration and instruction when it comes to steampunk jewelry-making ideas is Jean Campbell's Making Steampunk Jewelry video. Learn step-by-step how to hammer, rivet, wrap, and glue your way into creating fantastic and unique steampunk jewelry from one of my favorite bead artists! Now, you can have access to Making Steampunk Jewelry any time you feel inspired when you subscribe to Craft Daily. As part of your monthly subscription, you'll have access to this and over 100 other crafting videos covering bead-weaving, jewelry-making, mixed media art, knitting, crochet, and more!

Have you discovered a new and unique material for giving your steampunk jewelry-making projects an unexpected twist? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share it with us!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer

P.S. You can still purchase a copy of Jean's Making Steampunk Jewelry on DVD, on sale now in the Beading Daily Shop, or access it as an instant download. Enjoy!


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TinaMagill wrote
on Sep 4, 2013 10:23 AM

I've been looking for Nicole's Beadbacking....who sells it?  The beadsmith site is off line....

Please someone help!    

Cocanan wrote
on Sep 7, 2013 1:56 PM

Please explain what Steampunk is! I love the look but have no idea where to start. I especially like the bracelets show. Thanks  Newbie Nan

Cocanan wrote
on Sep 7, 2013 1:56 PM

Please explain what Steampunk is! I love the look but have no idea where to start. I especially like the bracelets show. Thanks  Newbie Nan

Cocanan wrote
on Sep 7, 2013 1:56 PM

Please explain what Steampunk is! I love the look but have no idea where to start. I especially like the bracelets show. Thanks  Newbie Nan

Cocanan wrote
on Sep 7, 2013 1:56 PM

Please explain what Steampunk is! I love the look but have no idea where to start. I especially like the bracelets show. Thanks  Newbie Nan

Thebragal wrote
on Sep 7, 2013 11:55 PM

Steam punk blends Victorian era romance with industrial design elements. Imagine the steam engine had dominated technology and remained the dominant force for industry. Marry that with Victorian frippery like pearls, velvet, feathers, ribbing and other finery and you have steam punk design. The steam punk elements are most often metal like gears, watch parts, screws, washers, nuts and other found or recycled/up cycled metal bits.