Many of my Wearable Sculptures have been sold. I love to see them go to good homes, but I miss them. Here are a few favorites:
This is a classic Sci Fi style brooch with meticulous steampunk detailing. Imagine yourself flying through space in such a craft, gazing out the black onyx porthole onto the wonder of space … in pursuit of the great elusive star!
This brooch is crafted in pewter, brass and copper with sterling silver “flames” (finished to look like pewter) and a genuine black onyx for a porthole. It is made from 15 separately crafted pieces of metal and took 16 individual soldering operations to assemble. The artists signature and © are on the back.
This brooch is approximately 2.5 in (6.4 cm) high by 1.5 in (3.7 cm) wide and 3/8 in (1 cm) deep. It comes in the gift box shown.
This piece is available at my Etsy store: www.AllPropellersSpin.com .
’62 Corvette I brooch: SOLD
My interpretation of a steampowered 1962 Corvette. This brooch is 3 1/4 inches long x 1 1/4 inch high. It has 4 moving parts: the door opens/closes, the steering wheel turns and both wheels turn. This brooch is made of pewter, brass & copper and has a ruby in the steering wheel. It has a nickel silver bar pin back.
This brooch comes with a frame, so that when you are not wearing it, you may display it in its frame. The frame is 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches.
Grosser Zeplanner II brooch: SOLD
Grosser Zeplanner II is a wearable sculpture brooch. It is a fanciful interpretation of what a steampowered zeppelin might look like. It is made of pewter, brass, bronze, copper and nickel silver. It’s two propellers spin. This brooch comes with frame. Grosser Zeplanner II is 4 inches long, its frame is 8 1/2 inches long.
Rocket Ship “Style Drive” brooch: SOLD
This wearable sculpture brooch is made of pewter, brass, bronze, copper and Swarovski crystals with a nickel silver bar pin back. It comes with a frame so that when you are not wearing it, you can display it.
This sculpture is interactive, the light & dark crystal ring on the engine turns.
Steam Locomotive I: SOLD
This is a framed, wearable sculpture brooch. It is 2 inches long and made of pewter, brass and has a nickel silver pinback. It has 4 moving parts – the two drive wheels, the drive wheel linkage and the front wheel. Its frame is 8 inches long.
For a detailed & illustrated description of how this piece was made, go to: http://steamsmithworks.blogspot.com and scroll to March 4, 2015.
Nautilus brooch: SOLD
I have long been a fan of the fabulous imagination of Jules Verne and, in particular, his creation the Nautilus. In 1870 his novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea was published. In it he described a sea going vessel capable of traveling UNDERWATER. At the time, very few people had seen anything of the underwater world. It must have been a mysterious and wondrous place to the early readers of his novel.
These undersea wonders were an important sub-plot in his novel. He made a point of including a large viewing window in the Nautilus, and describing the amazing things that those aboard it could see from that window. Note that I have made that window an important part of my design.
His story has been re-created in film three times. Each contained a very different take on what the Nautilus actually looked like. I have interpreted it several times. Each of my variations are similar to each other, but with important differences. Interestingly, my interpretations tend to be more like the 1919 silent film version, than the more recent film interpretations. Importantly, underwater motion pictures had just been invented and a large part of the 1919 film was devoted to underwater scenes – reinforcing the importance of the viewing window in the design of the Nautilus.
This brooch is my latest interpretation of Vernes’ submarine. It has three moving parts; the periscope goes up and down & forward to port, the trim tab (the flap in the back) goes up and down and the propeller spins. It is made of pewter and brass with a nickel silver bar pin back and measures just over 3 inches (8.0 cm) in length by 1 3/8 in (3.4 cm) high with the periscope down and about 1/2 inch (1.5 cm) deep.
Nautilus brooch shown in its frame (above)
being removed from its frame (below). Notice the black bracket that the pin slides in and out of. Slide the pin in and close the clasp and the piece is mounted in its frame; undo the clasp and slide the pin out and you have removed the brooch from its frame and it is ready to wear.
The bracket is hand made in brass and painted black.
I enjoy adding pennants to my airships. This vessel, proudly waving its banner, is named for a period of English history known for its industrial innovations. I imagine this steampowered vessel to be the pride of a great industrial enterprise.
This brooch is 3 inches long x 2 1/4 inches high x 1/2 inch deep. It weighs 1.3 ounces. My signature and © are on the back.
“Sterling Drive” Rocket Ship brooch: SOLD
Rocket Ship brooch: This wearable sculpture brooch is made of pewter, brass, bronze, copper and sterling silver with a nickel silver bar pin back. It is 3 1/2 inches tall. Its frame is 10 3/8 x 6 5/8 inches.
This sculpture is interactive, the sterling silver bead work at the bottom of the engine turns.
“Efficiency Enterprises” airship brooch: SOLD
Efficiency Enterprises Airship wearable sculpture is 3 1/4 inches long. It comes with a frame that is 8 3/4 inches long. This sculpture is pewter, brass and copper with a nickel silver pinback. This sculpture is interactive, its two propellers spin.
Rocket Ship “Gear Drive” brooch: SOLD
This is a framed, wearable sculpture brooch. It is made of pewter, brass, copper and nickel silver. It is interactive, the two gears turn. The brooch is 3 1/4 inch tall. The frame is 8 1/2 inch tall.
Earl of Henderson airship brooch: SOLD
The Earl of Henderson airship wearable sculpture is almost 2 inches long. It comes with a frame that is 7 1/4 inch long. This sculpture is pewter, brass and nickel silver. It is interactive, the propeller spins.
Sometimes I find it amusing to imagine myself as a member of the nobility … and muse about just what I might want in the way of a pleasure craft. This sculpture represents just such a musing.
small Rocket Ship w/ruby brooch: SOLD
This small Rocket Ship brooch with ruby is a scant 1 1/8 inch tall. Its fins are sterling silver and its body is brass with a genuine ruby. Its frame is 7 x 5 inches. This is a variation on my small rocket tac pins which are available at my Etsy store: www.AllPropellersSpin.com .
The Buccaneer II airship
The Buccaneer II wearable sculpture is 2 1/4 inches long. It comes with a frame that is 7 1/4 inches long. This sculpture is pewter, brass (including 4 brass machine screws) with a nickel silver pinback. This sculpture is interactive, it has 4 moving parts. The cannon moves up and down, the cannon mount moves forward to starboard, the flag “waives” and the propeller spins. This little sculpture is a flight of fancy. Imagine being a buccaneer flying the skies in a steampowered airship, defending yourself with a powerful cannon and flying the Jolly Rodger as you go!
Rocket Ship “Diamond” Drive: SOLD
This is a framed, wearable sculpture brooch. It is made of pewter, brass, bronze, copper and Swarovski crystal. This brooch is 3 1/2 inch tall. The frame is 8 1/2 inch tall. It is exhibited here courtesy of The Waskowmium, Burlington, VT.
The detail view below shows the many small pieces of brass and copper that make up much of the detail work on this sculpture. Note that each separate piece of metal was soldered into place. Dozens of individual soldering operations were required to get these details into place.