As well as getting the journal made, I also wanted to create a piece of completely off the wall Steampunk themed assemblage jewellery for the wedding. Originally it was going to be a stick pin for my husband’s outfit, but as it grew I found all sorts of excuses for me to wear it instead!
My starting point was a stickpin with a Haig Fund poppy middle but nothing else around it. I added a turned and stained antique bone disc from a partial broken 19th century Victorian chess set – probably made in India. By simply filing the hole in the middle of the disc to make it larger and filing down the black plastic centre to make it smaller, I got them to fit together without needing any glue.
On my trawl through my boxes of bits and pieces I had picked out various items to add to the brooch. First was this little antique glass test tube which was being used to store tiny brass screws. I replaced the screws with tiny nuggets of sea glass in greens, oranges and red, mostly from Seaham beach and also a wonderful sharks tooth sent to me by Jody some while ago.
A tiny magnifying glass from a cracker I had as a child and the metal end of a miniature light bulb came together to make the start of a quizzing glass.
Next, a random section of brass something, which I superglued to the back of the bone disc. The articulated section follows the curve perfectly and I now had my eye on the loops at the end of the brass cylinders for hanging things from. I also found the iridescent globe, remains of a broken single earring, which fitted perfectly into the centre.
Once I had the loop section, everything just fell perfectly into place. First I selected a long brass chain to enable me to use my tiny quizzing glass
…and a hoop earring just about the right size to give it a border.
The test tube had a very old red leather strap with some sort of metal attachment wrapped around the top, holding a large hanging loop behind. I slid a jump ring through the metal bit and added a faux coin and a little pendant set with a cluster of tumbled green stone chips to match the green milk glass in the test tube.
There had to be a key somewhere. This one has been washed with brown alcohol ink to knock back the silveriness and to the brass link chain I added a couple of random pendants and a headpinned bead from my stash.
Once the additions had been chosen, the actual work of wiring them all together was remarkably quick.
And in all, start to finish, I think the whole thing took about 3 hours, including the time spent sourcing the components and rushing out to photograph the various stages!
It sat happily in my lapel and the quizzing glass chain was the right length to reach my jacket pocket. Back to sewing soon!