One of the best things about writing a blog for charms jewelry is that I get to research and window shop different brands; every once in awhile I’ll come across a piece that is so spectacular and unique that it takes my breath away. The Steampunk charms from Bullfrog I-Ching Beads is one of these times. Steampunk is a popular literary genre where the mechanical marvels of the Industrial Revolution marries with Victorian elegance. This fictional era has been brought to life in fashion by a cult following and enjoys its own style. Amazingly, the tenants of steampunk have been translated to charm jewelry by James Jones of Bullfrog I-Ching Beads with his amazing one-of-a-kind creations.
The Steampunk beads are created from repurposed gears and cogs rescued from salvaged machinery along with glass and semi-precious stone inlays. These parts are soldered together and threaded with silver tubing to create the charm. As James writes on his website, “They are a nostalgic link to the past machine age or in the Steampunk tradition, a bridge to a past that has not happened yet.” Since each piece is made depending on the types of materials James has had the time, no two are truly alike. He makes a batch of charms about every other month, they’re incredibly popular and sell out within minutes. Here are some other wonderful examples of how the Steampunk charms are used courtesy of our very own Suzanne Hopping, combined with her wonderful PAXSUZbeads charms.
I missed his last set by mere minutes and after much begging and whining on my part, James agreed to make my dream Steampunk charm! This beauty came to me a couple weeks ago and I haven’t been able to stop staring at it. It features cogs and numbers with olive jade and the coolest thing is that it rotates! Most of Bullfrog I-Ching Beads are on the larger side, and mine is definitely a focal piece and it’s showcased in the center of my bracelet.
These beads have small diameter cores meaning that they only fit on Trollbeads or other bracelets without threading (unfortunately not Pandora). Because of the intricate components and detailed craftsmanship, these charms costs a bit more than regular ones but they’re worth every penny. James makes these in his studio located in Oregon and ships worldwide through his website, Bullfrog I-Ching Beads. What do you think of these fantastical Steampunk beads? Do you have one? If so, post your picture in the comments as I would love to see what you’ve done with it!
Bead index (starting from left, Trollbeads unless otherwise stated): chess lock, WT Switzerland pocket watch, goldstone, unique green ornament, nightingale, unique orange blossom, artisan olive jade, LE viking knot (retired), unique green/orange feather, LE rhyolite, rosary, bullfrog i-ching beads olive jade steampunk, angles tip (retired), LE rhyolite, unique green/orange ladybug, WT UK love spoons, unique orange scallops, unique green cherry blossom, joyful, LE jade, orange dillo (retired).