Do I really need to say much here? I can’t even remember how I ran across this awesome Etsy shop, but I am certainly glad I did. How cool is this? If you’ve seen my blog for the last few months you know how much I love the individual artisans, and I love to support them! I think by now we are fairly familiar with the concept of “steampunk,” right? That is, a sub-genre of science fiction that involves 19th century or wild western steam-powered machinery. This historical fascination seems to kind of have a cult following, translating into clothing, conventions, movies…you name it, and I have no idea if it’s just popped up within the last few years or if it’s been an ongoing trend way before I became aware of it! Either way, I personally adore old fashion advertisements of all the crazy whimsical innovations that were cranked out in rapid succession (often without much thought towards them it seems) in order to fix all of the banes of everyday living. I find it both fascinating and comical and as someone in the print/design industry, I can’t help myself.
But I digress…anyway, these sweet pieces of eye candy were created by Eric Young, owner of Etsy store Tangled Metal. Apparently, Eric’s self-proclaimed nerdy childhood days were spent creating chainmail items, and he began making steampunk jewelry a few years ago after realizing his fascination with the mechanics of gears. Each piece is created with old watch parts and adorned with Swarovski crystals. His shop features necklaces, rings, bracelets, tie tacks and more, and everything is very reasonably priced for such delicate work! I’m going to have to pick up a piece (or two, or three or four) for myself!
I have been making chainmail for over 25 years. I have always been drawn to how things work and that inspires my line of “Steampunk” jewelry. I love the gears and how they work.”
But that’s not all. Staying true to his past love of chainmail, Young offers a variety of chainmail items for costume or cosplay and even “random geekery,” such as chainmail hackey sacks, teddy bear clothing dice bags for Dungeons and Dragons gaming.
The steampunk items don’t end at jewelry, as Tangled Metal also offers some pretty cool conversation pieces to display around the house, if you’re into home decor. Check out these two items below, made out of old pieces like his jewelry items, that look like they came right out of an episode of Oddities.
Check out Tangled Metal and all of its awesomeness right here!