I guess I should explain a bit first...I love the steampunk look but some of the materials they use are usually expensive, rare or hard to find. I love the way they use vintage glass fuses and stuff but man are they ever expensive. I found a box of them at a flea market a couple months ago but they were like $40.00. WAY too expensive to experiment with. Sooooo I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out an easy and cheap way to recreate them without breaking the bank (or cutting my fingers - lol). So, this is how I came to be dreaming about fuses and charms.
Steampunk Faux Fuse Charm
Clear Plastic Tube
2 Flat Rondelle Spacer Beads
2 Bead Caps
1 Head Pin or Eye Pin (2"+)
Wire Working Tools
Watch Gears (optional)
1. Cut a piece of clear plastic tube approx. 1" long. The ends need to be as close to straight as possible. This is going to be our faux glass piece for our fuse.
2. Glue the flat rondelle spacer beads to each end of the plastic tube.
3. Slide one of the bead caps on the eye pin then slide the tube over the pin.
4. Slide the seed beads on the eye pin. Make sure they go all the way down. Continue adding beads until it reaches the top of the tube.
5. Add the final bead cap and make your loop with the remainder of the pin. Clip off any excess.
and here is what the faux fuse looks like at this point...Really looks like glass doesn't it?
6. (optional) To add that little "extra" to really give it a Steampunk feel I attached several different sizes of watch gears to a jump ring on the bottom eye pin.
And you're done!!
Isn't this charm awesome!!!
OMG ~ I was so excited when I finished it.
I just love how it turned out.
Very inexpensive and oh so easy but man does it ever look great!
So, what do you think?