I have always loved the look of keys, clock faces, and gears - especially when combined together. I saw a beautiful necklace that someone had created (probably on Pinterest) that had gorgeous ribbons attached the pendant as the "chains" of the necklace. I loved the idea, and was determined to make my own version.
I had bought a strand of JoAnn Fabrics' gears, the neat ones they attached to each other with jump rings, and figured I'd use the ones that could easily be spaced apart to make a very large pendant. I also had this... key (for lack of a better word) that I had no idea what to do with. So, I figured, why not combine them? I wrapped all of the gears to the key with wire (that took at least two hours) before I even started on the ribbon. I took that and folded it over onto itself around the gears on the sides (it became a sort of curtain) which I then held in place by wrapping more wire around where the end and the body met. I repeated this procedure on the clasp, and I had made a pretty cool necklace, if I may say so myself.
The only problem, is that I'm not sure if I should call this Steampunk. To me, this is my version of Steampunk, but to others it may just be a mess of wires and beads. This necklace was my improved method that I used on the last necklace. The key in the middle (that I'm pretty certain was used to turn those grandfather, but others said it may have been a music box?) had no obvious places for me to attach a gear so that I could create the massive pendant you see before you. So I glued a gear to the top with one of my favorite glues (which I will make a post on). This necklace is different in that I used very unique beads on the wire that I used to turn it into a necklace. When I first got the hollow triangle beads and the swirled copper beads, I had no idea what to use them on. But when I finished with this necklace's pendant all I could think of was including those beads in this design to make a wholly metallic piece.