steampunk miniatures

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Yes, I’m still in orrery mode - a little one set in a pocket watch case.  The planets are solid metal - gold, silver and copper tones.  It was made to be a desk ornament but could be very carefully used as a fob or pendant.  It doesn’t move - no orbit or rotation - just an assemblage piece made to look like it might move.  

Available in my https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/steelhipdesign 

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All of a sudden I had the urge to make a steampunk miniature. I used one of those Minions eggs as a base, added “nuts” with my bead pen and the rest is all stuff that I had lying around ever since my childhood. I always was a hoarder and it seems I was into steampunk long before the word was invented! Someone in our Dollhouse FB group is making the funniest machineries and so I wanted to try my hands as well.

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Steampunk Orrery Jewelry

I set myself a challenge last year to make an orrery (model of the solar system) to fit under a glass dome that is under an inch wide.  There is a pile of rejects on my desk - it took a long time to find the right supplies and construction. The “planets” are half beads resting on a vintage hairspring.  They needed to be very light so they didn’t drag the spring down.  I would love to have found copper tone half beads for Mars and Jupiter but I couldn’t source any.  Saturn does have her ring!  

I must stress - nothing moves on this pendant.  It is a static representation not a true mechanical orrery.  One day I would love to create tiny moving ones.  It is sealed under the glass to keep it pristine.  

The pendant is 1 ½ inches high and 1 inch wide.  The brass faceted cut cable link chain has a fixed drop of 13 inches long (from the pendant to the clasp) for a total length of 26 inches.  It has a lobster claw clasp.

I’m selling this in my Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/steelhipdesign

Tonight I finished off the two Ika Class Mechanical Squids for my Empire of the Blazing Sun fleet.
I really like these models, the sculpts are great!
They also go really well with the rest of my fleet, and I’m definitely going to be painting up more of the models I have waiting to join the Empire on the high seas!

Happy Hobbying!

David

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There’s someone in our dollhouse group doing steampunk miniatures and all of a sudden I feel drawn towards it as well… Looking through the things I have collected ever since childhood “in case I could find a use for it one day” it looks like I was interested in steampunk long before the word even was invented! I am SO going to do something with these pieces. I bought the Minions eggs today as a base for a machinery. I liked that the blue end is more flat, so it can sit well on a surface.

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Steampunk Rose

I’ve been wanting to make this pendant for about a year now. When I received the gorgeous vintage handmade roses they took my breath away. Over time the metal has oxidised to a very subtle rainbow of colours. I’ve lightly dusted the rose with holographic dust to catch the eye as it moves around. For durability I mounted the rose in a tiny serrated teeth funnel and added a curved tubing as the stem. I had two tiny stamped leaf shape brass charms with raised dimples for more texture. Finally I used a three strand wire for the leaves so I could use one wire strand as tendrils. All are mounted to the solid brass bead “vase”. Available in my Etsy store here.  US$79 plus $7 postage.

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Orrery 16

This will be one of the last to be made with the clear pocket watch as a base. It’s always a bit sad when I run out of a limited vintage supply but it also stops me getting into a creative rut. These can be a nightmare to make because it’s very easy to completely stuff them up in the final building hours. The scratch build gods must have been on my side this past week because it came together perfectly.

I must reiterate that this does NOT move at all. All movement is just alluded to by the gears, spring and other motifs. One day I’ll make a real one with orbits, moons and rotation…

It is available in my etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/steelhipdesign   

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Steam pumped

I have many hours in this piece - and I’m very happy with the finished piece. Many of the items I make have an underlying theme of duality. I wanted it to look like the crystals are being pushed like a sparkling hydraulic pump moving through the brass heart. It is a large statement piece for a steampunk costume or an intriguing inclusion on contemporary fashion.

So it’s seen I’ve put it on a short length of vintage brass woven cord at just under choker level. I can alter the length - just let me know.  US$185 + $7 shipping in my Etsy store here.

This is another factory pendant I made. Tiny little people mill around in a factory, working around the clock. It has been made by using a good deal of old watch gears and cogs as well as little miniature figurines. It is a factory of good thoughts. When you lack good thoughts, they will make some for you.

Here’s my etsy shop where you can find what I make:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MicroJewellery

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A new heart for Valentine’s Day.  Lots of detail - gauges, levers, knobs, a display monitor and grilled vision portal.  It’s a complete control panel needed to run a mechanical flying heart.

It’s available in my etsy store:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/264956980/steampunk-heart-with-wings-pendant

$455 plus $7 postage.