It seems like only yesterday when we started Decimononic as experimental project, but more than three years have gone since August 2010. Therefore, this seems a good moment to look back and set everything in order to beging working in new directions.
This is a very brief blog post to announce that all the Steampunk-inspired fine jewelry pieces we have created during this time have been regrouped in a singular collection: the Machinarium Collection.
We are very happy to share with you this simple video that offers a panoramic view of the Machinarium Collection, hope you like it!
More exciting news very soon!
1.- The interviewee
G. D. Falksen is an author, lecturer, public speaker, and MC. He also studies history and blogs for Tor.com. While his repertoire spans a range of topics, he is currently most noted for his steampunk work and is one of the most recognizable figures in the steampunk literary genre and the related subculture. He is the author of The Hellfire Chronicles series, which includes Blood In The Skies and Ash On The Wind, and the Ouroboros Cycle series.
2.- Steampunk as literary genre and… subculture?
Q.- Your article ‘Steampunk 101’ is one of the most popular introductory pieces to the genre. You begin this blog post stating that ‘in three short words, steampunk is Victorian science fiction’. This may be an excellent way to describe Steampunk in a few words, but we would like to go a bit further. We could not help but notice that your official bio goes ‘he is currently most noted for his steampunk work and is one of the most recognizable figures in the steampunk literary genre and the related subculture’. In your opinion, is there a real Steampunk subculture at present?
G. D. Falksen (G. D.).- Yes, I feel that there is absolutely a steampunk subculture. Steampunk fans have developed a very real and thriving worldwide community with a shared sense of identity and common interests. Steampunk has fashion and music, art and literature, and I think it truly can be called a subculture.
Q.- In 2011 we wrote a blog post entitled ‘Steampunk raison d’être: it’s all about values’. Which values do you think that could be considered characteristic of Steampunk?
March is that time of year when the weather is beginning to get better, most of us are seeing a little more sunshine with those stunning azure blue skies. In just a few weeks we will see springtime in full swing with flowers in full bloom. It’s only right that so many people plan to get married over the next few months during ‘wedding season’.
From the month of May right the way through to October is known unofficially as wedding season in Western Europe. Are you planning to get hitched anytime soon? Will 2013 be the year that you and your significant other finally tie the knot? If so then you will have already begun preparations for your special day. Getting your wedding day just right is a number one priority for all couples. After all you will want to begin your married life in the best way possible-with the perfect wedding day!
We have seen some high profile weddings over the past few years both on and off screen – Bella and Edward in the movie Breaking Dawn Part One, serene and beautiful this was a wedding to capture the imagination. Then the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge here in London, the theme was big and beautiful. These grand ceremonies that have inspired couples everywhere with their own wedding day preparations.
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
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.