Steampunk Style DIYs: A Necklace that’s Geared Up for Greatness

Cogs on togs — it’s one of my favorite parts of the steampunk aesthetic. Whether they’re nested into a top hat or crimped onto earring backs, watch gears and parts have a decidedly excellent air about them. I figured it couldn’t be that difficult to fashion something out of cogs myself, so I dog-eared part two of my tri-part Steampunk DIY adventure for the exploration of cog accessory making! It was a rambunctious, wire-bending voyage, but I made it out alive, new necklace in hand and spirit primed for the grand finale DIY which I will reveal on Friday!

DIY Steampunk Necklace

An old clock, preferably with a screwed-in back, and/or watch parts (I found both at a flea market near my house)
Needle-nose pliers
Wire cutters
Eye or head pins (available from most any craft store)
A chain

1. Pick up your screwdriver and disassemble that clock! Wire cutters may be necessary to disconnect some pieces.
2. Collect the parts you’d like to use, and give them a gentle rinse with some dish soap to liberate them of old grease.
3. Have fun! Take your eye or head pins, and use your needle-nose pliers to weave and bend them so that they hold the cogs together in a way that pleases your artistic eye. Some watch parts may have holes in them through which you can thread the pins you’re using.
4. Using your pliers, loop an eye or head pin into a circle at top, fastening it on however you piece permits. You can spiral the end of your pin for an extra-pretty ending.

The beauty of this project is that no one item is the same, so specific directions are hard to pin down. Use these directions as a general guide to making your own unique piece!

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    Rebecca 12/07/2011 at 4:12 pm #

    I can’t wait to try this – I love the new steampunk DIYs on the blog!

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    Annie 12/07/2011 at 4:30 pm #

    Gonna give it a go now! Wish me luck!

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    vmaclean 12/07/2011 at 7:08 pm #

    So pretty, I will defiantly have to gather everything and make tons of these

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    Kate Z. (ModCloth) 12/08/2011 at 1:34 pm #

    This is awesome! I’ve always loved jewelry like this… hope to try it out myself. 🙂

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    Hmmmm..... 12/13/2011 at 2:19 pm #

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    Jules Bauer 01/23/2012 at 4:17 pm #

    I just bought something similar for a Christmas gift – wish I would have taken a photo. It was antique watch parts sent inside a pendant. Very cool looking.

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