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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Contest- Name this Necklace and win a Sightmares Pendant!

I can't tell you how many times this was made, taken apart and made again. I think I hit it right this final time. I need a name. Winged_____________? Something magical, fantasy and oh so Brassy in nature. So here is the contest.

 Whomever comes up with the name for the piece will get their own Sightmares Evil Eye Victorian pendant in their choice of color. It doesn't need to be "Winged_____". It can be any name you like.The winner will receive one of these, in bronze brass or gunmetal silver in your choice of eye color. Please post your contest entry as a comment on this blog or via Facebook at . Winner will be announced July 11th.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bring on the Custom Order Requests

How do I love thee custom orders? Let me count the ways... Take an impossible dream, a psychic artisan a tight budget, and what do you get? A custom order request. I admit that I LOVE the challenge and each custom order makes me a better artist. I love the give and take of ideas. But when the finished product is (and I quote) "So much better than anything I could have imagined". I know I have struck alchemy gold! Steampunk mailbox? I can do that! Steam a tape dispenser? Sure! Make a hat that is part contraption and part couture? Bring it on!

I do miss Etsy's Alchemy section but I also understand why it went the way of the trash bin. Too many of the same sellers, bidding rabidly on each and every Alchemy request, even if it was not in their genre. Also the Made in China sellers, low bid everyone by so much, there was enough left over to buy a small house.

So I am depending on customers finding me, messaging me their dream request. Then letting the fun begin. See a few custom requests below:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Steampunk Evil Eyes by Twistedsisterarts

I've been in contact with Jill from Twistedsisterarts for the better part of the last year. We have assisted each other and offered advice and an ear when things were going great and not so well. I have great admiration for her as an Artist and a person...

I don't know anyone else who is doing what she is doing. It's hard to put into words the depth of craftsmanship and unique vision of design that go into each and every piece that Jill crafts.

My favorites are her Steampunk Gothic Evil Eyes. The wire wrapping is meticulous, the eyes are all hand painted and no two are like. They are....breathtaking. This is my current favorite:

See here Etsy Shop here. Ttwistedsisterarts on Etsy

Beads and brass and supplies-Oh my!

Some Artisans hold tight to their suppliers info like they are someone in the witness protection program.  You can ask, beg, plead and offer up your first born (or second born if the first one was a colicky baby) but it won't get you any closer to the Pot of Supplier Gold.

I'll tell you....There's this sweet and sassy lady named Brenda Sue. She runs B'Sue Boutique and she opened an Etsy store a short while ago. Not only is she the nicest, most helpful lady you could ever wish for, but her prices and selection are killer. Many suppliers charge twice to three times what B'Sue does (don't get any ideas Brenda Sue!). Check on sale items, promotions and contests as there is always something wonderful going at B'Sue.

See them here:
Bsue1441 Jewelry Making Supplies
 Bracelet made from Bsue supplies. Gorgeous!

Steampunk Clockworks Locket for the Men

This locket started out empty. I have been holding on to some very large clockworks gears for some time. They were too big to incorporate into a necklace on their own and the edges were very pointy and sharp. I knew they had a destiny, I just had to be patient until it came along. So Poof! I obtained the locket and the wheels literally starting turning. I hope you like it!

Welcome to the wild and wonderful world of Steampunk

This will chronicle my journey in discovery, success, fail and dusting off to do it all over again. I am interested in anything Steampunk, Dieselpunk, Mechanica and any other form or following of Steampunk.

I have an Etsy shop that is completely dedicated to Steampunk Jewelry and accessories. I have a secondary shop that is Victorian inspired pretties and even a third that is my Vintage Shop.

I thank you for stopping by to chat, offering suggestions and feedback. I will do my best to share, welcome and inspire.

~ Dr Brassy