We are very pleased to recommend you this temporary exhibition at Oshkosh Public Museum that will take place from 8th June to 8th September 2013 and would like to take this chance to sincerely thank the Museum for counting on us to include our Steampunk-inspired fine jewelry among the chosen works.
1.- About Oshkosh Public Museum
Operated for the public good through a blend of public and private funding, the Oshkosh Public Museum is the second-oldest public museum in the state of Wisconsin and it is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Located in eastern Wisconsin, the museum’s mission is to identify, collect, document, preserve and interpret material culture, ideas and values representing Oshkosh and the Lake Winnebago Region.
Several galleries of the Oshkosh Public Museum are located in the historic Sawyer family home, an English Tudor Revival residence built in 1908 for lumber baron and banker, Edgar P. Sawyer, and his family. A visit to the Museum the mansion halls to marvel at the rich interiors designed by the famous Tiffany Studios of New York is mandatory.
2.- About the exhibition Steampunk: Gadgets*Art*Costumes
This blog post has a double purpose:
- First, recommend you this excellent presentation about Steampunk by Marcus Rauchfuß.
- Second, express our gratitude to Marcus for his continuous support.
Marcus dedicated one of his podcasts to his lecturing experience at TU Dormund (Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany) in June 2013. As you probably know, he is one of the most active members of the Steampunk community, both in Germany and abroad: events organizer (as promoter of EuroSteamCon), blogger (some days ago we could celebrate the fifth anniversary of The Traveler’s Steampunk Blog, which we have previously recommended), author (Steampunk – kurz & geek, The Gatehouse Gazette, etc.). If you want to learn more about Marcus, you can simply read his profile at The Steampunk Museum and this interview of our brief interviews’ series ‘Steampunk jewelry tonight with…’.
We have previously spoken about the inspiration of our Shikra Pendant, but we have not shared with you its manufacturing process.
Did you know that an apparently simple result like this requires some ‘geometrical magic’? The reason is that setting a watch movement like this one is not so easy as it could seem because it is asymmetric: due to its wider base (the watch face), a mere parallel side is not useful to achieve a perfect adjustment.
This means that we have to take into account its inclination, following the same procedure used to create crown and collet settings. Let’s sum it up:
- Draw an accurate side view of the watch using real measurements in a piece of paper.
- Extend the sides to meet, set a compass centered in the meeting point and draw an arc in the superior and inferior sides of the watch. That will be a cone pattern.
- Cut the cone pattern in paper and glue it on a sterling silver sheet. Cut the pattern in silver with a jeweler’s saw.
- Bend the cone side, close it and solder it.
- True up the cone on a mandrel to give it its final shape.
The result of following these steps carefully is a bezel that can be exactly adjusted to get the following result:
Performer Erica Mulkey (aka Unwoman) is a solo musical artist from San Francisco, California. She began playing cello at nine years of age and piano at eleven, and also plays cello banjo and theremin. Thanks to her personal style, she has self-produced eight solo albums and recently completed her seventh successful Kickstarter campaign.
As we said in this interview, we have been supporters of Erica’s work for a long time and we adore the delicate and eclectic combination of Erica’s voice with electronic layers and classical instruments like her cello. ‘The Snowstorm’ is the ninth track of the album ‘The Fires I Started’.
We have previously spoken about the artistic use of natural motifs during the Victorian era (let’s remember this short blog post about flora and fauna in Victorian jewelry featuring an astonishing hummingbird brooch, for example). Artists in general and goldsmiths in particular benefited from this, leaving an amazing legacy behind.
In addition to this trend, the influence of Scottish design was evident during the Romantic Period (1837-1860). In fact, Queen Victoria herself was proud of her Scottish ancestry and some traditional Scottish jewelry pieces became all the rage. Without hesitation, this brooch that incorporates the talon of a game bird set in gold and adorned with gems is an outstanding example of the convergence of these trends in the field of jewelry.