Review: Steampunk Emporium

Steampunk Emporium: Creating Fantastical Jewelry, Devices and Oddments from Assorted Cogs, Gears and Curios
Steampunk Emporium: Creating Fantastical Jewelry, Devices and Oddments from Assorted Cogs, Gears and Curios

Steampunk Emporium: Creating Fantastical Jewelry, Devices and Oddments from Assorted Cogs, Gears and Curios
by Jema “Emilly Ladybird” Hewitt

Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: North Light Books
ISBN-10: 1440308381
ISBN-13: 978-1440308383

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Steampunk Emporium: Creating Fantastical Jewelry, Devices and Oddments from Assorted Cogs, Gears and Curios

Product description:
Make haste and pack your bags right away — you’re not going to want to delay this charming adventure! Whilst perusing the pages of Steampunk Emporium, the harrowing antics of Miss Emily Ladybird will engage you in the most enchanting of worlds. Join her as she records the adventures of intergalactic space pirates, undersea voyagers and Jurassic explorers — all the while, dabbling in the details of which baubles best benefit the venturesome class.

Discover within:

  • 20 beautiful and whimsical designs accompanied by detailed step-by-step images and meticulous instruction.
  • Projects ranging from decadent jewelry, medals of great distinction, wine charms for imbibers and many devices of note.
  • Superb instruction for a variety of jewelry, polymer clay and mixed media techniques you can use in all your adornment escapades.

Let Steampunk Emporium outfit you for the unabashed adventure of a lifetime!

My thoughts:

While much of the book is targeted to the female steampunk, there are several projects that will appeal to the Neo-Victorian guys. Some of the designs fall into the “glue some gears on it an call it steampunk” category, and I am a man who thinks that clock gears look best IN a clock. Having said that, Hewitt’s designs are lovely.

The book is packed with pictures and step-by-step instructions to recreate the various projects. I liked the little stories at the beginning of each project, they really set the mood. The book has a well developed Index and Resources at the back of the book.

All in all, I think that it is a fine resource for the person looking to add some final touches to their costume. While many of the designs were not to my taste, I found the book to be very inspirational. I give Steampunk Emporium 4 stars out of 5.

Etsy :: Aranwen :: Wings of Time – Steampunk Cuff Watch – Brass and Silver

 

 “Etsy’s” first Steampunk design back in stock

This cuff watch is a must-have accessory for every scientist or adventurer. It will tell the time, while reminding you how precious it is. Time does fly.

(Editor: I gotta get me one of these … too bad I can’t afford one.)

via Etsy :: Aranwen :: Wings of Time – Steampunk Cuff Watch – Brass and Silver.

Arkham Studios – Aleister Crowley Statue

 

 

Arkham Studios is making bronze statues and busts of your favorite occul characters. The prices start at 200 dollars.

Occultist, poet, chess player, mountain climber, sexual deviant…..all these things Crowley has been called, yet his influence on occultism is still felt today.

We wont tell you what piques our interest in him, but rest assured his decadent lifestyle and standing in the world of magic has garnered him a place in our pantheon of occult figures and collectibles.

via Arkham Studios – Aleister Crowley Statue.

Colossus of Rhodes to be rebuilt – Telegraph

The ancient monument, which straddled Rhodes town harbour and stood 34 metres high, was toppled by an earthquake in 226BC.

But there are now plans to recreate the legendary statue with the help of German artist Gert Hof, the Guardian reports.

"It will be a unique architectural creation," said the islands mayor, Hatzis Hatziefthimiou, said.

"We want to make it a work of global appeal and significance."

The new Colossus will stand on outer pier in the harbour area of Rhodes, and be visible to passing ships, the paper said.

Built in part from melted down weapons, the new sculpture will be dedicated to celebrating peace.

It will also be bigger than the original, and will use light to "tell" a variety of stories.

"We are talking about a highly, highly innovative light sculpture, one that will stand between 60 and 100 metres tall so that people can physically enter it," Dr Dimitris Koutoulas, who is heading the project in Greece, told the paper.

"Although we are still at the drawing board stage, Gert Hofs plan is to make it the worlds largest light installation, a structure that has never before been seen in any place of the world."

The statue is also expected to cost up to €200m according to yesterdays Vima newspaper.

via Colossus of Rhodes to be rebuilt – Telegraph

3 Great DIY Halloween Costumes – Do-it-Yourself Iron Man Costume – Popular Mechanics

Not content to trek down to the mall for a pre-made costume, these three builders devised and constructed their own elaborate outfits. Some are quick and cheap, like a rotating cardboard Gatling gun, or laborious and intricately detailed, like a life-sized replica Iron Man costume. We tracked down the creators and asked them how they pulled it off. Halloween lovers, start your screwdrivers!

via 3 Great DIY Halloween Costumes – Do-it-Yourself Iron Man Costume – Popular Mechanics

DVICE: Amazing Star Wars (and Star Trek) origami made from dollar bills

Hawaii resident Won Park’s origami first got our attention with his One Dollar Camera. Then we started browsing through his work online, and we discovered a treasure trove of pictures of his origami projects, including paper versions of the Millennium Falcon and the Starship Enterprise. The most amazing thing about them is that they’re all made from real money — the Falcon alone is made from three individual dollar bills. That’s $497 cheaper than the LEGO version, at least.

via DVICE: Amazing Star Wars (and Star Trek) origami made from dollar bills

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