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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Steampunk on a Loom!
STEAMPUNK: Feminine, Strong, Intelligent & Fantastical!
The Steampunk culture takes its cues from the Victorian era, while speculating how the world would be different if steam power was the driving force. It has an obsession with time so clock parts are often included, such as gears, old fashion keys and bits of antique metal cast offs. In order to reflect an antique feel, brass, bronze, copper, gunmetal, rich browns, ecru and shades of grey are included. I was excited to take this Steampunk movement, to my loom, bead weaving a cuff that would incorporate much of these ideals.
BEAD Magazine-UK, contacted me asking if I could create a bead loomed cuff, for their Issue #40, highlighting the 'Steampunk' style. It was a wonderful way for me to learn more about this design aspect and see if I could replicate the same feel, on my loom. This turned out being the most enjoyable design experience. Steampunk offers such a magical, fantastical feel where 'anything goes', as long as it is muted in color, metals are antique in finish and clocks, cogs or skeleton keys are included.
My idea to add a watch, evolved into being able to create what I wanted, under a clear glass cabochon. The custom design watch face is shaped and secured, under a 30 mm round glass cab with 'thin' watch gears placed freely around. I then bezeled the glass cab by hand weaving 11/0 and 15/0 glass beads, in a matching colorway. More bronze and copper metal were included as the watch chain, bail and fun findings.
The complete pattern and details, of how I finished all aspects, including the graphed pattern for the loom, are published in the latest issue of BEAD Magazine, August/September 2012. Their magazine can be purchased on line or at some of the larger book stores, in the US. The E-Mag can be just as gratifying, offering the same pattern and much more, from other wonderful bead artists.
This truly is an exciting time, for bead weaving on a loom, and my plan is to create further interest, when my book becomes available. It will include the most up-to-date and enjoyable methods, of managing warps, showing how to further the two dimensional aspect of beading on a loom and offer inspiration to generate thoughts on including new supplies or adding hand woven bead designs.
If you have been following my Blog and want to learn more about my techniques, consider looking into this latest copy of BEAD Magazine! See if you can stop yourself, from adding more and more 'Fantastical' findings, as I had a hard time doing!
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