There are so many elements that make up the Steampunk style and make it so popular. But the most important of them all has to be the fantasy of it all: The bulshy air pirates roaming the sky in H.G Well’s style flying machines looking for loot! Victorian clad heroines in stylish fascinators!
One thinks back to the images from the fantastical ‘Laputa- Castle in the Sky’. The 1980’s Studio Ghibli animation creates a striking Steampunk image with the villainous pirates patrolling the air looking for the elusive Laputa!
Steampunk is not rosy or sweet smelling, it is of engine oil and action! The fashion is top hats and cogs, fitted leather corsets that sit on top of the cotton day dresses. The full length skirts are figure flattering and so very feminine. The essential elements from the past when it comes to dressing also make this style aesthetically pleasing!
The overwhelming amount of ongoing projects at Decimononic’s headquarters at present are going to prevent us from attending this years’ Retrofuturistic Week. Nevertheless, this should not stop us from encouraging everyone to visit Barcelona and make the most of it!
This event, that is going to be held from 11th to 16th February, offers a wide variety of possibilities: from workshops to conferences, from vendors area to different kinds of contests…
Besides, remember that this event is directly linked with the temporary exhibition ‘Steampunk: futures that never were’ at MIBA, Museu d’Idees i Invents de Barcelona (‘Museum of Ideas and Inventions of Barcelona’ in English) that is going to remain open until May 2013. As you know, some of our pieces have been chosen to be displayed here.
Feel free to visit the official website of the event in order to learn more about it: www.semanaretrofuturista.tk
And do enjoy it!
I know I don’t write here very often, in fact this is my first post. The truth is that I could not miss this chance to explain the techniques I followed to develop this marvellous piece of work.
As part of our research activity in the field of Steampunk jewelry, in the first part of this blog post we presented a brief theoretical explanation of the concept of handmade jewelry (if you have not read it yet we invite you to do it now!). As foreseen, time has come to go into detail with an example: the manufacturing process of the Time Seal Ring.
1.- Inspiration and design: Signet ring with a Steampunk touch
Are you wondering why we have chosen the name Time Seal Ring for this piece? It is because we were inspired by the classical designs of signet rings (from Latin “signum” meaning sign). This tradition goes back to ancient Egypt, as the distinctive personal signature was not developed in antiquity and most documents needed a seal. Used to attest the authority of its bearer, signet rings have been seen as symbols of power and/or membership attributes. The use of a rose-coloured vintage movement brings in the ‘time’ factor in a classy way.
There is no need to clarify that the Time Seal Ring is not intended to seal anything, but to become your very own personal totem!
Reminder.- Only the jewelry pieces assembled and formed solely by hand power/guidance (as opposite to the use of machinery) should be called ‘handmade’.
2.- Ring components making
For a long time Irene and I have been thinking about the possibility of having guest posts, but we have not found the right moment to get moving. Until now.
We are very pleased to announce today that a new regular collaborator has joined Decimononic’s crew: Hema Rishi, a vastly experienced professional copywriter and blogger, specialized in fashion and jewelry.
Hema has earned her stripes due to her expertise and passion, not to mention her outstanding skills as communicator. Her first contribution for Decimononic, entitled ‘Steampunk – a Lifestyle Choice or a Fashion Statement?’, is going to be published in a matter of days. Stay tuned!
All we have to add is… Welcome aboard Hema!
Although we have previously written about the concept of Steampunk fine jewelry, it seems that the idea of handmade jewelry still generates some doubts. This blog post pursues the objective of clarifying what we mean when we talk about handmade fine jewelry.
Instead of giving a speech regarding the theoretical differences between jewelry making techniques, we think that the best way to clarify this is publishing a couple of blog practical posts including:
- A brief theoretical explanation (part 1).
- An example (Part 2).
This said, let’s go ahead with the first part: the theoretical base.
1.- Jewelry-making techniques
Firstly, and although this may seem obvious, there are many different jewelry-making techniques: beading, chain maille, electroforming/electroplating, enameling, etching, metalsmithing, metal stamping and wirework, just to name a few.