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Steampunk Style Jewelry: Victorian, Fantasy, and Mechanical Necklaces, Bracelets, and Earrings

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  456 ratings  ·  45 reviews
This how-to jewelry-making book features the work of an array of invited jewelry designers influenced by the growing Steampunk trend. In Steampunk circles, jewelry-makers are often master metalsmiths who combine found objects with fine metals to create elaborate pieces. In Steampunk-Style Jewelry, the projects focus on "no fire" techniques—like simple stringing, wirework, ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Quarry Books
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Dec 10, 2010 rated it liked it
I got this at the library after my boss showed me a bracelet she'd ordered from Etsy that was made out of coiled wire and watch parts. I haven't read a lot of steampunk but I definitely love the steampunk-style jewelry.

This has a lot of ideas and specific projects. The problem with making a book on creating steampunk jewelry is that a lot of the "beads" are actually "findings" - or very unique pieces that one cannot necessarily find at a store. This is the beauty of steampunk jewelry, that every
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
For someone who knew of the 'Steampunk' culture and artistic movement but never really immersed themselves into it, this is a rather intriguing craft book for those with a bent for sci-fi, recycling, skip surfing or other such salvaging subversion.

Not only is there plenty of relatively understandable to follow instructions for various projects but lots of background information on the aesthetic and inspiration behind the movement.

I haven't been able to gather together all the equipment I need to
Mar 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Streampunk is new to me. I learned the word during an online book discussion last August, and have heard it many, many times since then. Now, jewelry making is not my thing, and the only reason I put a hold on this book is that I keep hearing about Steampunk, and I know it’s gaining popularity in the cos-play and convention world. So imagine my pleasant surprise when I found this was basically two books. In between each jewelry project is a one or two page spread highlighting different aspects o ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Love me some steampunk. Though it has been a while since I read a book that has steampunk elements or surrounds around steampunk, etc.

Anyway this book was pretty good and interesting, seeing the different jewelry designs. My favorites being necklaces and costumes, though the earrings and rings weren't half bad.

Now I got to look for other steampunk type books.
Davonna Juroe
Oct 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is a fantastic resource for Steampunkers! I love all the designs. And there's a great little intro that describes what Steampunk is. I gave it to my mother to read, and now she is officially on-board with Steampunk. :) ...more
Mar 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What I really like about this book is not just the clear instruction as to how to make certain pieces of jewellery, but also I appreciate it for the ideas and inspiration it generates.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Clearly, many of these projects are very difficult to replicate unless you're very lucky and happen upon found objects of the same size and sort as required in the instructions! So I think many of the project instructions are kinda useless and would have enjoyed a showing of similar types of projects using other found objects. So maybe the Time Captured Ring and then variations of it with other large format found objects as the centerpiece but using the same ring shank. I think the step-by-steps ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you like jewelry, this book is right for you. It includes a lot of useful information. Now I know how to choose proper jewelry items according to their style. Having read it, I ordered a steampunk style necklace on the mynamenecklace online store (I checked the mynamenecklace reviews in advance). It is amazing! ...more
Some interesting examples, but it doesn't really encourage creativity or uniqueness in the end product. Nor does it really explain the technical "how to" very well. The best parts are the history and background of the genre/style. ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nice designs. Will be easy to follow along with. Great tips!
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Steampunk Style Jewelry by Jean Campbell is a treat. She is a lovely and talented author, who seems to put a great deal of time and thought into every book that she writes. Steampunk is hot these days, but this style has been around for more than twenty years. According to this book, the term was coined in 1987. So, what is steampunk?"Generally, Steampunk is a fashion, design, and popular-culture phenomenon that combines romance and technology." Jean was kind enough to show our Metallics beading ...more
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
There are three main aspects to this book - the projects, technical advice, and vignettes giving the reader a view into the world of steampunk culture. The vignettes are nice enough, but anyone with any familiarity with steampunk will find them fairly basic. The projects - in terms of the objects, that's a matter of taste. I have to admit that I'm not that fond of the filigree and charms variety of steampunk jewelry, and there's more of that in here than I'd like.

But the technical advice is exc
Sarah Bringhurst Familia
This was another one of those esoteric books I picked up on a whim from the "new books" shelf at the library. Really, I was just curious to finally find out exactly what that cryptic term "Steampunk" means. To my delight, as well as being an artsy how-to book, this actually is a sort of primer to Steampunk. There's an introduction explaining the term at the beginning, and short chapters interspersed between the jewelry projects explore different aspects of Steampunk style and history.

The jewelry
Lady Knight
Jul 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Totally loved the projects outlined in this one! The drawbacks?

(1) I simply don't have the crafting skill level to do these projects. These are for your enthusist jewelry makers, not beginners.


(2)These projects all call for one-of-a-kind pieces. While definitely cool, one could never make a piece look exactly like what's portrayed in the book.

Overall, an awesome book and if my jewelry making skill level every increases I will absolutely be checking this book back out and making a few piece
Blends DIY steampunk jewelry with commentary and descriptions of current steampunk trends. Jean Campbell has created some fantastic, inspired pieces of art that only LOOK like jewelry! Judging by her other book titles, fantasy and sci-fi might not be her forte. But she knows how to design jewelry. Her aesthetic is very tasteful and creative and her instructions are very easy to follow. The book is very well put together too: full color on every page, sturdy stock, wide pages. As if it were meant ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
As a Young Adult Librarian this was one of my staple sources for many of my Teen Craft Nights. Some of the other reviewers are correct in noting that many of the designs here have components that are not going to be found at your local craft store. Indeed, most of the crafts are not geared towards group activities. Nevertheless, I found that I could use the designs here as a basis for projects, and with a bit of substitution and simplification they provided very enjoyable crafts for my teens.
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: crafting, steampunk
Some good projects. Sadly many require very specific size pieces. And when it comes to found elements some of those are brutally hard to come by.

But good inspiration, and if you have a source/way to get extremely specific sized pieces some really interesting ideas. (And also, please share your sources!)

I think one of my favorite elements is that they kept the movement element of the gears, so several pieces are more complex than they need to be because they show you how to make sure pieces can
Jan 30, 2010 rated it liked it
The instructional sections seem very easy to follow. Also, I particularly liked the sections in-between the jewelry that gave a brief over view of the history of steampunk style, as well as some pop-culture examples.
Lee Koopman
Jun 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
For someone who doesn't know much about steampun, this book is a MUST! It's not just about jewelry but about the whole lifestyle. It has sections on clothes, on music, on "modding" and the jewelry designs are cool too. ...more
Nicole Bunge
Sep 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Interesting jewelry making guide. Most of the projects require jeweler's tools, sauntering, and advanced stuff I can't do. But it gives good ideas, has some interesting 'culture' pages, and a bunch of websites where they got stuff on the very last page. ...more
Poppy Fields
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Great book for an intro to jewelry making. I laughed when I went on and saw exact replicas of the jewelry from the book. It is also a great introduction to Steampunk. The author included very current information and links.
Dee Vasquez
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I should have read reviews before spending 20.99 on this book. I wasn't looking for a history lesson. There's two designs that I might use at least I did get a little inspiration from it. I could get the same thing from looking on Etsy at other artists work for Free! ...more
Miss Kelly
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I browsed through this book. Has great craft ideas and give a bit of history behind the SteamPunk genre. Easy to follow instructions and great colored pictures and websites are given as well. Steampunk is a weird genre that was given it's name by K.W. Jeter, science-fiction writer, in 1987. ...more
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book displays more creativity and most; it even has an intro written by Paul Di Filippo - a well-known steampunk author.
Nov 03, 2010 rated it liked it
this was a neat little book, but most of the projects require more patience and creativity than I possess. I may have to try a few ideas it inspired though! Craft store, here I come....
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
This has some really cool, if expensive, pieces to make. Still, I definitely want to try a couple.
Unit of Raine
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Granted, I haven't attempted any of the projects in the book. But I'd love an aviation ring...

Many of the necklaces aren't my style, but I enjoyed the references to steampunk culture and the ideas.
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfic, 2012
I would love to have a few pieces found in this book. But I know I'll never get around to actually making any. Still a fun read! ...more
Apr 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm leading a steam punk jewelry program at my library in April, so I have been using these steam punk book for some great ideas. ...more
Lisa Delaine Youngblood
This beautifully designed work not only shows you how to make steampunk jewelry but also offers a primer for steampunk sensibilities, literature, music, art, and more.
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