Cute Finds!

I haven’t been sewing lately, but I have been shopping!
So basically, like I have said before (or, I think I have, regardless… ), you don’t need to be a seamstress to be a part of the Steampunk culture.
Here are a few things that I have acquired that greatly add to my Steampunk closet (not to mention they are adorable pieces)!
I got this cute key hole neck lace shirt ($6) and these adorable knickers ($7.50) at  Gordman’s:
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This necklace, I actually inherited from my grandmother, but she I know that she got it at Avon, where I always find really cute accessories.
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This necklace was given to me by my brother and sister-in-law, for Christmas a few years ago, and they found it at a really cute little Boutique in Missouri, called La Boutique. You would be amazed by what I’ve found there. Boutiques have some of the most interesting things!
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I found this adorable vintage cameo for $12 at an antique mall, in KS.
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This is a vintage  locket was given to me by a friend, and the chain is an antique, that has been passed down in my family:
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This last thing is obviously not jewelry, but it’s very handy, and definitely fits the look. I use it a lot when I’m trying to design clothes. I got it at Barns and Noble:
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So like I said, these are just a few things I have found. I also have a pair of stripped leggings, fingerless gloves, belts etc. that I have purchased at clothing/thrift/antique stores.
If you want something a little more authentic-looking, I would strongly suggest someplace like Steampunk Couture, or Clockwork Couture, where they both specialize entirely in Steampunk clothing and accessories.

If you have found some interesting finds, or know of any other great Steampunk Shoppes, please let me know in the comments! I would love to hear about it!

I made some earrings.

So, I thought I’d quickly post about what I made tonight. They’re earrings, in case you didn’t see the title. Yeah, so they look super simple, and really they were, but they were slightly more difficult than they look.
I had an idea to do something like this, so I went to the store to buy chain, and they had nothing like what I was looking for, so I decided to make my own chain. They did, however, have these super cool gears and earring hooks, so I bought those, but I did make the chain, and I’ll show you how.
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I used 20 gauge wire, but I would suggest starting with something a little thicker to practice. I just wrapped it around an allen wrench, because you’ll get a precise size, which is nice. Then…

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You just start cutting straight into the coil, until they are all jump rings.
Then…
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Start connecting them. I like to use a pair of nylon pliers like these:  http://www.amazon.com/Pliers-Nylon-Flat-Straightening-44137/dp/B003U2IKWK to close the loops, because it doesn’t leave any nicks or dents.

Then you can make cool stuff like these fun steampunk earrings!:
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Okay, that’s all. Good night.