Monday, October 11, 2010

Steampunk & Shuttle Bling

Steampunk according to Wikipedia:

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.[1] Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne or real technologies like the computer but developed earlier in an alternate history.

So now you know. Right? I was reading on Pin Tangle about Sharon's daughter's performance in Clockwork Butterfly and she linked to some google images of Steampunk Fashion which still didn't define it for me. Now that I know steam power is a relevant aspect of it.....I sorta get it. LOL!

Shuttle Bling isn't new. We just have better ways to bling. It wasn't all that many years ago that I was having fun painting shuttles. These are what I have left.

The first three were not quite up to par, in my eyes and the last two were amongst my favorites. The last one is hand painted and I kept it for ME. I have to admit I decorated them (what we called it 5 years ago) just for the fun of it. I didn't consider them terribly useful for tatting, but they weren't Clovers and I am partial to Clovers for my working shuttles. I've also received some as gifts, here and here and here, and they were Clovers. (Sherry Townsend, Gail Owens, Sue Hanson) Here are some painted by Sherry Townsend back then. I think she sold them on Ebay.

We used a lot of nail polish then. I eventually started using acrylics and painted much of the detail myself. I really do like these nail decals to add just a little touch of personalization now. I'd like to try a little decoupage too but it will have to wait until a slower time for me.


  1. I like your blinged up shuttles! I want to try decoupaging with the tutorial I saw on decoromama's blog! She uses mod Podge and sealer and it seems a big more substantial than nail polish so I think I will give it a whirl.

  2. I have two painted by Sherry Townsend... they're wonderful! If I could paint, I would, but I can't even draw stick figures! The decoupage has been fun, and it's just about my speed!

  3. Shuttles galore. I love the handpainted white one you made. Wow!

  4. Your shuttles are gorgeous. I find the new blinged shuttles very pretty, but often not very practical. If they're just painted or decoupaged, then that's useable. But with anything sticking out off the surface of the shuttle, I can't tat. Your shuttles look like they can actually be used.

  5. I love unique things that no one else has - and all these 'blinged' shuttles I see lately are definitely unique! I, too, like the one on the far right the best.

  6. I, too, love the shuttle on the right. Isn't it funny how ideas go around, and come back again.
    Your title caught my eye: Monday night's episode of "Castle" on ABC had a Steampunk club in it and was central to the plot. Such timing!


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