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hairsticks/hair pins, steampunk style!

Finally got off my duff and made them, as we're going to a convention this weekend, and the theme (for the dolls at least) is steampunk. There is a cocktail party on Friday night, and I decided that I wanted to dress up for it, in proper steamy fashion, including hair accessories, so here they are:

A close up of the metal hair-pin. The base was purchased, and came with the chain. Added to the chain are: a light brown jasper pendulum tip, various watch gears and bits, a 4mm shell bead, and various czech glass beads in a few different colors and sizes.

A close up of the black lacquered hair stick. The base, again, was purchased, the eye-pin added by me. Also added to this hair stick were: various watch gears and bits, a fluorite pyramid, a strangely glowing glass bottle, and a variety of czech glass beads.

And, a shot of the pair in action! I am slowly working toward a sort of traveling mystic/Spiritualist look, and so tried to incorporate that idea into these pieces.

comments and critiques welcome!



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Jul. 17th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
very NICE!

Have a great time at dollectable, and feel free to spam me with pics (SO wish I could get there)...

and errrr... if you ever make any of these for sale.. well, I for one, would be all over them.

Seek peace

Chief Alchemist
Jul. 17th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
i'll add you to my dolly filter so you can see. ^_~

i may make these for sale in the future -- these were my trial run! now i need more bases.
Jul. 17th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC)
I've been wanting to make a bunch of those, but I have one question. How to you keep all the little dangly bits from getting tangled up in your hair? They have all these little snaggy edges, and I'd worry that they'd get wrapped up in any loose hair that escapes from the bun, or get tangled if you turn your head too fast.

I hate when logistics and reality get in the way of my accessorizing!
Jul. 17th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
well, they survived a five hour shift at work (i work at a coffee shop) without too much fuss or trouble, and got lots of compliments! for the most part, they didn't snag at all, and when they did, they came loose with a simple lift-and-brush of the hand. i only had them get seriously caught once, and that was actually when I was back at my car getting ready to go home!

so accessorize away!

one thing, for me, is that the hair stick with the two chains ends up sitting further away from my head, and so is less likely to get and stay caught -- the action of head movement causes them to swing in an arc parallel to the head, not perpendicular, for the most part. also, having heavier pieces at the ends of the chains helps as well, as they want to hang freely.
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the info. Your hairsticks are lovely, BTW. :-)
Jul. 17th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
The metal one is fantastic. I love the tuning fork kind of look to it. Is it actually a hair pin or did you find it somewhere else and convert it?
Jul. 17th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
it is in fact a hair-pin. i got it here! they have a few other metal hair pin bases that i'd like to get eventually for this kind of thing, and very probably will, sooner or later.
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
YAY! I've been wondering where to find these! Thank you so much. :-)
Jul. 17th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Very pretty. :D
Apr. 12th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Wow! I looooove those hair sticks! I am really getting into steampunk jewelry, and I would love hairsticks like those!
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