Firing “accidents” become unique pieces

Silver coloured bronze (or white bronze) is particularly difficult to fire, or my kiln has problems and the temperature is not even. Besides, this bronze does not have a very wide firing temperature range

Left firing at good temperature , right firing almost at melt temperature

When it overheats , the bronze starts to melt and the result is mostly a ball of metal . But every now and then some of the metal starts to bead up which gives a very interesting look. These near misses become really unique pieces that I keep and sell of course.

Left white bronze that has overheated (I love it) right yellow bronze normal firing it would be the same with white bronze without overheating.

I have tried in vain to reproduce the phenomenon but it depends on the space in the kiln, the number of pieces firing, the location high up in the charcoal containers and I have had dozens of pieces lost for 1 or 2 such pieces.Besides, impossible to get this effect with yellow bronze or copper. 😀

What is Steampunk ?

;”> Wikipedia gives us a very good explanation of the steampunk movement. Too long to copy it here but do some research and you’ll see. When I try to popularize the style (not the philosophy) I say that my steampunk jewelry is what the punk of the steam engine era would have liked to wear. Steampunk always has an air of 19th century science fiction/fantasy. Jules Verne is a perfect example, it is an Edwardian and even Victorian universe.
In contrast with the computerization, and the “cybertization” (:-D) of our time with its printed circuits and its chips, the steampunk universe is a universe of cogs, leather and steam machins .
My steampunk jewels are created from old mechanical watches t I buy on flea markets and dismantle to recycle their parts. It is always a pleasure to discover what a case hides and I really admire the work of the old watchmakers
To see the jewels that I created, click on Steampunk shop in the top menu

Brooches – 3 in 1 jewelry

A customer who likes my Gustav Kimt style steampunk pendants asked me if I could make brooches in this style. I had never made one before and it gave me the idea to make a 3 in 1 modular piece of jewellery , a brooch that can be transformed into a pendant and a necklace.

A brooch alone, on the reverse you can see the tube to wear it as a pendant is on the needle

the brooch is paired with a black leather lace – 4, a black metal tube -2, 2 chain elements with clasp- 3, ( I add swarovski crystal beads to match the swarovskide crystals on the brooch) and a ring strap -1

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