I’ve been fascinated with steampunk lately, although it’s a genre of literature, music and art that is hard to define. I’ve heard of it described as retro-futuristic and anachronistic. I’ve also read that it’s “the intersection of technology and romance.” For a more concise definition, visit steampunk.com, but here is a summary of some of the main points:
- It usually refers to the Victorian era.
- There are advanced machines based on Victorian technology (think steam).
- The supernatural could be involved.
- It could take place in a completely different world.
With these properties in mind, then, picture this very ornate, feminine, Victorian ring band with a vintage watch movement, embellished with some jewels. Victorian elegance meets technology. Beautiful.
In order to make this ring, I had to do some searching for the perfect ring band and watch movements. I found both of those on Ebay. In fact, the watch movements had to ship all the way from the Ukraine. Just look at the stamps!
When I had all of my materials, I used the flat part of my ring mandrel to flatten the filigree in order to create a spot for the watch face to sit. I used 9001 glue to adhere the watch face to the ring band. After the glue was set, I chose three Swarovski crystals to embellish the cogs.
I made two of these, and I can’t stop looking at them!
If you would like a customized ring, please leave a comment here on my blog, or on my Etsy shop, and I would love to make one just for you! I could customize the crystal colors according to you or your loved ones’ birthdays. I could also use a different shape of watch if you are interested.