As I frantically prepare for my 4th ever experience as a vendor (and all within the last 12 months), this time at my second Christmas Fair, at Imaginarius Fantasticus III, I thought I'd share the contents of the Steamwench's Jewelry Box.
Making jewelry was something I had done just a couple of times, for myself. I had thought about making it to sell, but I seemed to have so many other things to do, and I wasn't sure how to go about it. Then, just under a year ago, the opportunity to vend essentially fell into my lap, and even I realized it would be foolish to not give it a whirl.
What followed was a frantic two solid months of getting all the basic supplies I needed and tinkering away at my tiny work-desk every evening after work, and each weekend. The pace was frankly insane. I spent more than I had intended on supplies - which shouldn't have been a surprise, as a costumer, I generally seem to run on the "buy more" principle, since nothing is worse than running out of supplies mid-project. I also had a bit of misunderstanding about just how much product I needed to make. I could have made half of what I did, and still had plenty. Good news is, it has meant I have not needed to create things at such a rabid pace since.
For several years, I had been collecting lovely vintage keys, broken pocket-watch and
watch parts, and oddments of broken old and neglected jewelry with interesting detail
bits or pieces. I enjoy taking all these old items, and combining them
creatively with new or other old items, to create jewelry that has a
steampunk or neo-Edwardian aesthetic. I've also been enjoying creating a few entirely new pieces.
As we come up to the next Imaginarius Fantasticus, which has a steampunk theme, and at which I will be both vending and running the local steampunk community promotional table & info table, I thought I'd share some photos of some of the jewelry I've created. (And a shout-out to local Vancouverites, come on by the show if you want to check out my stuff in person!)
And now, adieu!