Vintage Lace & Pearls

This beautiful lace was given to me by my mother, and was in box from her mother of odd doilies and lengths of lace carefully unpicked and saved by the women of our family (Edit: Having spoken again to mum, she thinks it most likely came via our Great Aunt Connie).

It’s such a pleasure to work with them to create genuinely one of a kind items with lots of love in their history. I play with arrangements of lace, vintage (simulation) pearls until something appeals.

The next step for this piece, was careful repairs to the damage areas – luckily I have a large collection of threads in any number of shades of white and cream so I was able to match the lace.

During the second day of careful repairs I realised that I’m not the first person to reinforce and repair this beautiful flower and can’t help but wonder who it was before me – my Great Aunt? My Grandmother?

One of my favourite things about beautifully crafted well made items is that they can be repaired. This isn’t throw away fashion.

Just as I hadn’t noticed these tiny stitches before I started my work – I hope you won’t see mine either.

The final necklace was reserved before it was completed by a lovely customer who saw it on my facebook page

Here it is, mocked up, awaiting a final fitting

More than just Brass & Brown

When I started making my steampunk jewellery I stuck to the approved “brass & brown” line (which I do love!)- but steampunk is a broad church and so much scope for fun to be had.

When you go to an event and look at the amazing outfits people create- there is colour and vibrancy everywhere!

I’ve been asked for various colours to match wedding schemes and even someone’s favourite corset. So today I started playing in earnest.

I LOVE these jewel bright colours and their silver tone mounts-  and can’t wait to see them over laid with my watch parts (I have to wait a week before I can do that)- why not add a splash of colour to your outfit, just drop me a message and you could reserve one of these beauties or order your own custom piece.

Cotton & Cogs Creations

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A small taste of the items I currently have in stock which can be shipped straight away. All made by me using real vintage watch parts. If you see something you like, or you feel inspired to commission your own custom creation just drop me a message.

Custom Orders & Buttons

Ready to post

 

Sorry it has been so quiet here recently – I’ve been very busy behind the scenes! My custom wedding order has been collected – only a couple of weeks until I can share the pictures! It was really amazing to work on something so special, the groom supplied the brief and had lots of ideas. It was possibly the most nerve wracking day I have had since starting this business when he brought the bride to my house to see / collect it! But they went away very happy and I am so thrilled to have made something unique for them.

Another custom order will be hitting the post today – waistcoat buttons this time! if you fancy some for your waistcoat / coat / shirt just drop me a message with the diameter & qty required and I will give you a quote / timeframe.

waistcoat buttons

 

I have also started using special paints behind the watch parts so you can have a coloured background. Remember everything I make uses genuine watch parts carefully arranged by me, no two items will ever be identical.

Happy Customers

cufflinks

It absolutely makes my day when I hear from customers, here’s what the lovely Natalie had to say about some cufflinks she bought for a friend:

“The cufflinks arrived on Wednesday – thank you so much!..They are even more beautiful in person and I can’t wait to give them to my friend 😊 Thanks again!”

and then later after his birthday she let me know her friend loved them too.

Natalie was kind enough to comment on my facebook page as well:

“I bought some cufflinks for a friend and was lucky enough to win myself a necklace too! Both such beautiful, well made items that were delivered quickly. I will definitely be buying again

I’m so glad they both liked them, I love making my steampunk creations and sending them out into the world can be nerve wracking. Hearing that they are enjoyed and appreciated is fantastic

If you’ve bought something from a independent craftsperson which you love, why not let them know? I promise you it will make their day.

If you’d like to get yourself a piece of steampunk gorgeousness drop me a message, I’m aiming to launch an online shop at the end of the month, but in the meantime you can email me or use the contact form  or find me on facebook, all my items can be posted. Alternatively find me at The Surrey Steampunk Convivial 19th & 20th November.

Competition Time

Velvet Steampunk Choker

For a chance to win one of my Velvet Steampunk Chokers just pop along to my facebook page

www.facebook.com/cottonandcogs

and comment on the competition post with the size of your neck, and the length of the chain of your existing favourite necklace.

If you’re not on facebook and you’d still like to enter you can email your entry to info@cottonandcogs.co.uk and I’ll add you to the draw.

The winner will be drawn at random from all entries received before 6pm on Sunday 30th October 2016.

Please share this competition as much as you can with friends & family.

Thank You and Good Luck!

SciFi Bromley

I’m just home after an amazing day at the SciFi Covention in Bromley. It was an utterly exhausting day, but so much fun.

Thank you to everyone who stopped to look and chat, and to everyone who bought my steampunk creations! I’m looking forward to getting to work making more, and have some great ideas based on some of our conversations.

I love what I make, and was quite nervous at the outset today about how it would all be received. You were beyond kind, even HG Wells himself and the Mayor of Bromley were wearing my steampunk creations by the end of the day! (Cufflinks and Lapel Pin respectively)

Thank you to the organisers – SciFi Bromley, all the other amazing stallholders and artists, the Cosplayers and public. It was a fantastic atmosphere and I am looking forward to coming back.

But for now I am going to sleep!

Time for a Vintage Brooch

Less than 24hours until my next stall, and some lovely new steampunk creations are just ready.
I am particularly happy with this brooch – a stunning vintage brooch which had lost its central stone/crystal, and an amazing genuine clock part which was almost exactly the right size. Some careful work with a hacksaw & file, very careful adjustment of the claw settings and some minor repairs to the brooch itself to make sure the diamanté crystals are secure and this one of a kind brooch is ready to make its debut.

Steampunk Brooch Back detail Steampunk Brooch scale