Steampunk is what the past would have looked like if the future happened sooner – Urban Dictionary
Steampunk was a fascination which quickly…ahem…steamrolled into an obsession. I’d like to think of it as a rather productive obsession. The Plus One and I have made a few steampunk jewellery pieces. We like pretend that they’re gifts but tend to grow way too attached to part with them.
I realised just how far gone we were when the Plus One suggested we make a steampunk tiara for a “Tiaras and Ties” themed party. Any excuse to steampunk it up!
I had a few spectacular ideas involving springs and keys which saw me making a solo trip to the hardware store. Seen through rose coloured steampunk glasses the hardware store is a place of great beauty and promise.
Practicality (Read The Plus One) made me ditch the spring for a brass light socket extender. It served as a solid base for the clock dials and the brass nuts.
The clock dials are extremely dainty and light which makes them tricky to work with but hardly added any weight to the structure. The black side of the dials would have given the tiara a striking gothic look however I opted for the silver side to contrast with my dark hair.
The tiara was affixed to a plain hair comb from Dischem (discount pharmacy). It kept the tiara in place during a very lively rendition of Gangnam Style.