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Watchworks with Butterfly and Seashells - Steampunk Necklace

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Vintage Elgin etched pocket watch movement with metallic butterfly, brass watch gears, green glass beads, and tiny seashells on a 24 inch brass chain.

I like the idea of being able to recycle vintage
items and turn them into something entirely different
and even a little bizarre. I find this style of design
unusual and intriguing. Many of the items used are
in vintage or antique condition and may show a
certain amount of wear.

Although I have tried to eliminate all sharp
edges, some of these pieces may still retain edges
due to the nature of the objects used in the
jewelry such as gears, etc. I have to wonder if
this is part of the attraction for the jewelry;
the mild danger of wearing it. Wear with care.

Caring for Steampunk and Neo Victorian Jewelry

Steampunk Jewelry is in reality the epitomé of Green Jewelry. The art of creating altered art pieces from vintage watch movements is the ultimate form of recycled design. Unfortunately, two of the main types of metal used in these Neo Victorian pieces are copper and brass, and wearing them can turn your finger, wrist, and neck green. Both of these metals react to sweat and to moisture, but there are a few things you can to do to prevent that green tinge from showing up on your skin.

First, be sure to keep the jewelry clean, and give it a dusting of powder before you wear it. For pieces that come into close contact with your skin such as rings, you can use one or two coats of clear nail polish. This can wear off in time, so you might need to reapply the polish again later. You should try to keep your skin as dry as possible when wearing Steampunk jewelry by using a handkerchief, or by using some type of matte finish makeup or oil blotter. I often use a very light polish of lemon oil on my brass and copper chains. This cleans them and gives them a nice shiny finish as well. Be sure to wipe off all excess oil before wearing the chains, as it could stain your clothing.

Watchworks with Butterfly and Seashells - Steampunk Necklace


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: vintage pocket watch movement, metallic butterfly, gears, glass beads, seashells
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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