Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Steampunk Tuesday - London Particulars & Contest!!

I stumbled onto the etsy page for this jewelry maker about a month ago, and maybe just maybe fell a tiny bit in love.  She does create Steampunk jewelry, so of course there would be a big yay factor for me already.  But I also find her work unique and very elegant.

In any event, we got in touch via the email, and it is my pleasure not only to share an interview she did for me, but also a contest to win an absolutely gorgeous original piece of Steampunk jewelry!

How to enter the contest:  
All you have to do is leave a comment below! 
(contest closes next Steampunk Tuesday - ie November 6th)


And here's the piece!


 

A fantastically Detailed Vintage Watch Movement BUTTERFLY Steampunk Necklace, beautifully bejeweled in shades of Violet, Red and Pink! Intricate and detailed in the neo Victorian style, Sure to be a treasured gift, for someone special, or perhaps for yourself!

The Vintage Ruby Jeweled Watch Movement measures 18mm x 15mm and is accented with beautiful Siam Red, Amethyst and Fuchsia Swarovski Crystals. Mounted upon an intricate silver plated filigree butterfly and suspended upon a 18 inch antiqued silver finished Cable Chain and the total dimensions of the pendant are a perfect 34mm by 40mm.

 


So without further ado, please meet Lora from London Particulars!


LONDON PARTICULARS




 
Tells us a bit about how London Particulars came to be!

I started London Particulars in 2008 to offer Steampunk Jewelry, artwork as well as the occasional curious curio.

Making beautiful, unique pieces of Steampunk Jewelry has been my goal and I love serving people with a penchant for the Neo-Victorian and a flair for the unusual. I can honestly say I have some brilliant customers and it's been a total pleasure and dream-job!

When and why did you start making jewelry? 
Ever since I was a kid I've had a natural curiosity when it comes to crafting and I have always loved making all sorts of things myself including jewelry. But I started making pieces in earnest in 2006 both as a creative outlet and to have unique pieces to wear myself. Sometimes you just can't find what you're looking for and you have to make it yourself.

What interests you about the Steampunk Aesthetic? 
I love the materials, the detail, the sheer eccentricity, creativity, imagination and style. I've always had a penchant for all things Victorian, Gothic and bizarre. I think the Steampunk aesthetic neatly combines all three of those categories (and many, many more).
When did/how did you discover Steampunk? 
I heard about Steampunk in the late eighties and saw elements of it in Roleplaying games. I never played them, but loved the aesthetic immediately. Steampunk has been in films and graphic novels for awhile now, prior to its recently large revival. One of my favorite Graphic Novels in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and I think that piqued my interest once more, along with seeing people's inventions on the Internet.
What's one of your favourite items you've designed? 
One of favorites was a pendant with horological collage of a clockwork cat, I made one of a snail around the same time. Both pieces sold quite a while ago, I wish I had taken a better pictures of them!

What's your proudest moment as a designer? 
There have been several, so it's hard to choose. My jewelry was used in a photoshoot for (the UK) Bizarre magazine, which was really exciting. It's also been featured in "Gothic Beauty" magazine, which was really cool. But I get a lot of really nice pieces of feedback from my customers and that always makes me immensely proud. People have chosen my jewelry to wear for their weddings and to give as gifts on holidays and special occasions which is just amazing. That makes me very proud! 
What Steampunk article that you own but DIDN'T design is your fav?


I have a lovely grasshopper sculpture that was designed by the amazingly talented Tom Hardwidge, an artist from the UK. He's created a fantastical range of Steampunk insects, I love his work and feel very lucky to own this piece!


Thank you so much for visiting us, and for your answers!  Your work is gorgeous, and I wish you much success with it!

30 comments:

Danielle D said...

I adore this etsy page, I stumbled on it about a month or so, I cannot get over the amazing things that are made. The butterfly is one of my favorites.
Thank You for the interview and taking the time to introduce this page to others.

Lady Lilleigh said...

Gorgeous jewelry!! I'm going to go check out the Etsy page right away!!!

JennP said...

Love! Can't wait for the matching book ;)

Cecilia said...

Amazing jewellery!!!

Kirstie said...

This is a stunning piece. I so love the steampunk aesthetic.

Kirstie
jetsetlounge (at) aol (dot) com

Laura Duncanson said...

It looks gorgeous AH! And jeepers - almost less than a month that your book comes out! Will you be having a release party in Toronto - and if you are where will it be? I would love to come!
Best,
Laura

laur_bor@hotmail.com

americangirlemmie said...

Its gorgeous! I LOVE it! Thank you for the giveaway!:) mads(at)meylor(dot)com

Kendra said...

Absolutely beautiful pieces.

Ann Forseth said...

Beautiful piece!! I adore LondonParticulars!

Spenatskalle said...

Beautiful!

Steven Skaggs said...

Very nice! It will make a great Christmas gift...

Aurora Celeste said...

It's a beautiful piece!

Breanne said...

Gorgeous!

for_rainy_days(at)hotmail(dot)com

Dennison Brillo said...

great stuff

Evangeline Denmark said...

Stumbled on your blog from Twitter. Thanks for sharing this Etsy page. The jewelry is amazing!

Silverfaerie said...

I've been a London Particular fan for a little while, but am so excited to have the chance to win the necklace. Thanks so much for sharing!

javalotta said...

Your work is gorgeous! Thanks so much for having this giveaway!:)

Annie Slasher said...

Very Beautiful work! I love steampunk. I love everything from the designs to books. Thanks for this giveaway!!

CeeCee47 said...

I love Steampunk. It's the most beautiful jewelry! Thanks for showing it here. Looking forward to the giveaway!

Guus said...

Everything looks amazing! Awesome work!

Shel Graves said...

Beautiful. It reminds me of a lovely lady I once met whose last words to me were, "Do you see the butterflies?"

Chelsea said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!!Thank you for sharing,this giveaway... ; )

Romy said...

this is amaaaazing perfect for larp! And i love to take pictures from it xx romy_stoepker@hotmail.com

bStrong said...

As always, gorgeous, detailed art made with care and love of creativity. Hoping to treat myself to a piece for the holidays. I'm a big fan of your work!

Siobhan said...

This jewlery is soo gorgeous! I love it! And it goes so well with the release of The Friday Society, which btw u am very much looking forward to reading :)

Sandra Cormier said...

That is so freaking awesome! Great work, Lora! I would love to own something like that. It would go perfectly with my new writing room with its relics from all the countries my dad had visited.

Cheers, Adrienne!

Max Turner said...

Okay - You've got to convince Lora to come to Ad Astra. I'm a newby when it comes to Steampunk, but I can't imagine this quality is commonplace. It's mind-blowing.

the-kiepenkerl said...

I am new to the Steampunk scene, but I start to grasp how awesome this is! Love the costumes already and this jewellery is just amazing! Always looked for pieces that are extraordinary, not massive production items, I could get addicted to these!

womenswrites said...

Love this necklace and your screen name. Best of luck to you!! And please pray for the ole USA. Lot of crazies out there.

Anonymous said...

love the steampunk butterfly!!!!