ONE TUTORIAL A DAY FOR 31 DAYS – DAY 23 OF MY JOURNEY – INSPIRED BY STEAMPUNK

Inspired by Steampunk

The first thing I published on my blog, some time ago, was a Steampunk – inspired jewelry box.

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And a friend blogger (SPIRITOFDRAGONFLIES) said she would like to see a Steampunk-inspired piece of jewelry. And it took me a lot of time to take courage and decide to make something. I love Steampunk very much and I really wanted to make something special.

The definition provided by Wikipedia for: Steampunk refers to a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy—also in recent years a fashion and lifestyle movement—that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.

For me Steampunk is a nostalgia for an era that has never existed, a fantasy dream land that is perfect because it is imaginary. And I love the mixture of clock pieces, gears, keys, industrial design and leather.

And finally I have made this Steampunk-inspired statement cuff and I am rather satisfied with the result. I hope you will like it too.

Materials and tools used: white Fimo Professional polymer clay, a pasta machine, clock pieces, a chain, a screw, a flexible blade, an wooden stick, pastels, copper metallic Fimo powder, varnish, molds.

I have conditioned the clay.

I have drawn a pattern on a sheet of paper (trying it on my hand to make sure the size is ok).

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Then I have folded it in half and used it to cut two pieces.

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I have put the pieces next to each other and made holes (in which I would add a lace).

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I have made a pattern around the hole using a screw.

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I have enlarged the holes.

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I have arranged the pieces in the initial pattern and stuck them together pressing gently with a wooden stick (rolling the stick from top to bottom).

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I have imprinted a leather pattern using some faux leather fabric I had from an old handbag.

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I did the same thing on the back.

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Using a mold, I have molded a focal stone.

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I cut out the exceeding clay.

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I have pressed the clock elements into the clay (I have added some liquid Fimo as well) and then I pressed the molded stone on top of them (adding Liquid Fimo again). I have made two holes on the sides of the clock needle with the intention to add a chain to the finished cuff. I tried this idea when the cuff was finished but I did not like the effect.

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I started imprinting patterns using clock gears.

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I have molded two little stone for the sides of the cuff.

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Using a chain, I have imprinted more texture on the cuff.

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I continued to add texture to the clay using the clock elements.

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Time for pastel colors (I have used dark brown and light brown).

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I have colored it with light brown pastel.

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I have added a little bit of brown pastel.

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Then I have added some metallic copper Fimo powder.

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I have added a ball of polymer clay on the wheel, textured it a little bit and painted it with metallic copper Fimo powder.

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I put it on an aluminium beer can and then into the oven.

I have painted the back of the cuff with a mixture of varnish and brown pastel colors.

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I have painted the stone with black alcohol ink and then I have painted the frame of the stone with a mixture of  varnish and metallic copper Fimo powder.

I have varnished the entire cuff.

I have put a lace through the side holes.

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And that’s it. I am happy to have finished my Steampunk-inspired piece of jewelry (Initially I wanted to add a layer of black acrylic paint and then remove it with a baby wipe – to accentuate the texture on the clay – but I decided not to do it, I was afraid I would ruin the cuff and I really liked the colors).

Thank you for accompanying me in my journey! Have a wonderful day! Mihaela

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37 Comments

  1. Very Nice ! I have a question. It is hard and when you pût it on your arm can’t it broke ? I hope you Will understand. Sorry for my English ! I like very much your work ! Friendly.

    1. Oui, Lise. La pâte Polymère (appelée aussi FIMO en France) durcit au four (il faut mettre le bijoux au four une trentaine de minutes en fonction de l’épaisseur) et une fois cuite, elle est très résistante). Elle risque toutefois de se casser si l’épaisseur est très mince), mais normalement elle résiste très bien dans le temps). Ce qui est très intéressant c’est qu’elle est très, très légère. Le bracelet que je viens de faire (celui d’inspiration Steampunk) a l’air massif et lourd, mais il est très léger et facile à porter. Je te remercie pour m’avoir écrit et je te remercie pour tout ce que tu m’as appris sur le stéatite. Je voudrais te dire que je suis fascinée par ton monde artistique (les marines, l’imaginaire, le monde intérieur, les caricatures). Chapeau! Je te souhaite une agréable soiréee!

      1. Merci infiniment Michelle pour ces explications et pour tes compliments sur mes peintures. Ça me touche énormément. Plus je regarde tes créations et plus je suis tentée d’essayer ! Mais je n’ai aucun matériel. Et je ne sais pas si j’aurais le temps de tout faire ! Mais je suis très tentée, vraiment ! Il va falloir que je me renseigne sur le matériel à avoir. Est-ce que la pâte Polymère sèche vite si on ne la cuit pas et faut-il, de ce fait, la travailler rapidement pour qu’elle garde sa souplesse pour pouvoir être modelée ? Belle soirée à toi et bon week-end. Amitiés. Lise.

      2. Bonjour Lise. Je suis très heureuse que tu sois tentée d’essayer la pâte polymère. Tu vas l’aimer, j’en suis Sûre. Tu peux acheter de la pâte polymère en petits paquets (on trouve de la pâte Fimo chez Cultura; moi j’achète sur Internet – sur http://www.perlesandco.com/ – des grands paquets de Fimo Professional – que je trouve très facile à ramollir.) Je dirais qu’après avoir ramolli la pâte, tu peux t’en servir pendant quelques jours (il m’arrive de l’utiliser le lendemain ou le surlendemain). L’important c’est de la garder dans des sachets refermables après ouverture. J’ai lu même qu’il y a des personnes qui font des cannes et s’en servent pendant beaucoup de temps. Je ne pourrais pas te le dire, je n’en ai fait pas beaucoup. Pour ce qui est de la Fimo, on trouve des petits paquets de toutes les couleurs. Il existe aussi la Pate Fimo métallisée (or, argent) ou Fimo effet (marbré, perlé, translucide, etc.). J’achète aussi du Premo, Sculpey, mais en France, je trouve plus facilement de la Pâte Fimo. J’espère que tu vas l’essayer. Tu vas l’aimer. Pour commencer, tu trouves plein de vidéo sur Youtube (en anglais, français, russe – je ne comprends pas le russe, mais le processus est facile à suivre). J’ai trouvé plein de tutoriels intéressants sur Pinterest (j’ai créé là mes propres collections de choses intéressantes – voila mes Boards sur la Pâte polymère – https://www.pinterest.com/michellemaya/polymer-clay/ et https://www.pinterest.com/michellemaya/polymer-clay-tutorials/, mais dès que tu appuye sur une image, Pinterest va te proposer des dizaines de choses intéressantes sur le même sujet. Bon travail! Tu peux me poser des questions à tout moment, et cela me ferait très plaisir de te répondre. Je te souhaite une merveilleuse soirée. Amitiés! Mihaela.

      3. Merci beaucoup Mihaela pour toutes ces explications qui m’aideront à faire des choix et éventuellement à débuter c’est vraiment très gentil. Je vais regarder cela de plus près et je ne manquerai pas de t’interpeler si j’ai des problèmes et des questionnements. J’ai fait une autre sorte de modelage qui est aussi très amusant, c’est avec de la laine à feutrer. C’est très surprenant. On peut faire des petits objets. Une fois fini c’est extra léger. J’ai fait plusieurs petites figurines c’est très amusant. Mais attention aux doigts l’aiguille est dangereuse ! Il faut un peu de patience c’est un peu long à faire. Mais si on a un peu d’imagination et de l’habileté c’est assez génial ! Excellente soirée à toi et bons modelages ! Amitiés. Lise.

      4. Moi, je t’encourage toujours à essayer. C’est beaucoup plus facile que cela en a l’air. Je voulais te donner de petits conseils, si jamais tu décides de fimoter. Il faut faire très attention à la température de cuisson (il m’est arrivé d’oublier de régler la température et tout a été cramé). Il faut bien aérer la pièce. Si jamais tu décides de polir la pièce, il faut la plonger sous l’eau pour ne pas inspirer la fine poudre qui est nuisible. Je connais la laine à feutrer, mais je n’en ai jamais essayé. Comme toi, j’aime essayer beaucoup de choses: je fais du découpage, Powertex, bijoux tissés, mais ce que je préfère le plus ce sont les bijoux brodés et la pâte polymère. Je te souhaite un bon week-end et bon travail pour les merveilleuses créations artistiques que tu fais! Amitiés! Mihaela

      5. Merci beaucoup ! Et bien je te souhaite de même et si je me lance dans cette nouvelle expérience je te dirai mes impressions. Belles créations à toi ! Au plaisir. Amitiés. Lise.

    1. Thank you so much, Mary! Even though you can do so much with polymer clay (faux stone, faux leather, faux wood, etc.), you could never express the motion and the beauty of the sea as you do it with your wonderful paintings! Still I am happy that you found the process interesting:)

      1. Thank you so much – I do enjoy learning about new levels of creativity and processes. Your work is really extraordinary.

  2. This is fascinating. I love the effects you have created. You are inspiring me to start beading again. Have you ever tried to insert gemstones into the Fimo?

    1. Dear Suzanne, thank you for your appreciation! I must tell you that I have not tried to use gemstones with Fimo (I am keeping them for bead embroidery). You can also make any kind of faux stone using polymer clay. But you can use gemstones with Fimo. As long as you push them into polymer clay (using maybe some liquid Fimo), this would work great. I have tried a similar technique capturing a glass cabochon (making a polymer clay frame to make sure it holds in place). I have made this focal using this technique: https://michellemaya2005.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/one-tutorial-a-day-for-31-days-day-1-of-my-journey-my-gothic-necklace-how-i-did-the-focal/. I am tremendously happy that I have inspired you to start beading again. Beading is fun and creative. The finished jewelry pieces are a wonderful present that you make to yourself, your friends or why not sell them to make someone else happy? Best wishes! Mihaela

  3. Hello tutorial blogger. Great tips and nice way presenting .glad to connect here.And I have one advice and suggestion please write your about page helps to know more about you.Any help ping me
    Thanks Cyril@ThinkPositive

  4. Absolutely beautiful work. It’s always such a pleasure to look at the process of making a new piece. Very nicely done! Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you so much, Lucy! I loved your article named: Begging – The Ugly Truth Behind The Ultimate Business http://allrightchoices.com/2015/03/13/begging-the-ugly-truth-behind-the-ultimate-business/. Even though I live in France, it’s no secret that I am Romanian. I am repeating this over and over. I really want other people to know what Romania means – our history, heritage, cuisine and our education: we are welcoming people, very crafty and ingenious and even though you can find us all over the world, we keep our country in our hearts. Have a wonderful day! P.S. I can’t wait to go to Bucharest and visit the Carusel Bookstore: http://allrightchoices.com/2015/03/09/bookstore-and-a-cup-of-style/

      1. Thank you so much for reading. I’m on the same page here. I want people to know the difference, and know the truth behind their ‘helping’. It’s rough to live in an Europe where you constantly get nasty looks for things you never did. I hope the article will help spread the word.
        The Carusel Bookstore is quite something. I was amazed by the architecture. I hope you’ll visit it soon.
        All the best and good luck with your art! 🙂

    1. Hello. Thank you for your suggestion! I enjoy reading about Steampunk and I loved your Steampunk-inspired pottery (it is the first time that I see pottery inspired by Steampunk – I have seen jewelry, journals, clothes, miniature sculptures, etc. – and I think it’s a wonderful idea to make themed pottery). Best wishes! Mihaela

  5. Thank you for sharing the process. I had no idea how many steps this creation would take. And, thank you for mentioning my site:) I knew you could create this beautiful piece and I can’t wait to see your next creation. You are amazing!!

    1. Thank you so much, Sandy! I might not have made this tutorial if it weren’t for you. I really kept in mind the fact that I told you that I would make a Steampunk-inspired piece of jewelry. I think you are amazing! For the guidance you provide to people helping them to know themselves better. I was very impressed by your About page, by the fact that you are so open when you talk about your life and your personal experiences. After reading your about page, I admire you even more! https://spiritofdragonflies.wordpress.com/meet-sandy/

      1. Thank you – you are very kind. I think we are all on a journey to guide one another to a better place. Sometimes sharing our story can help others, who find themselves in a similar place, to know life is ever changing and we have some choice about the trajectory. The tutorial was very informative and gave excellent step-by-step directions. The photos provided additional guidance which is something I love as a visual person. The talent lies within you and I can’t wait to see what you share in the future. Possibly a book or more tutorials:) I feel honored to have encouraged you. You are now providing the guidance for others. What a beautiful life we live! Love and Light!!

      2. Thank you very much, Sandy, for the wonderful things that you wrote to me. It is true that we live a very beautiful life. And that it is a wonderful thing that we can communicate like that with each other, advise each other, teach and learn from each other and ultimately to understand that we are all the same and share the same love. Have a wonderful day! Thank you again for everything! Mihaela

    1. Dear Janell, I am happy that you like my tutorials. In the beginning I thought that working with polymer clay was complicated (I was doing mainly bead embroidery and beadwork). Now I know it is not complicated, but more than that, it is fun, creative and rewarding. I want to express these ideas through my tutorials. Thank you for everything! Best wishes! Mihaela

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