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Chic Steampunk Brooch

By: Samantha Star

Do you love steampunk crafts? If the answer is yes, then you will love this Chic Steampunk Brooch from Samatha Star. If you've never heard of steampunk, fear not! This is a great jewelry craft for everyone.

Chic Steampunk Brooch


  • Thin aluminum
  • Scissors capable of cutting through the aluminum
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue
  • Rhinestone
  • Alcohol ink
  • Alcohol ink applicator
  • Metal findings (old watch parts)


  1. Trace a flower onto thin aluminum.

    Chic Steampunk Brooch
  2. Cut around pattern with scissors.

    Chic Steampunk Brooch
  3. Cut out a teardrop shape to use as a leaf.

    Chic Steampunk Brooch
  4. Apply alcohol ink to the applicator and ink your flower and leaf.

    Chic Steampunk Brooch
  5. Using pliers, roll up the edges of the flower. This will reveal the backside of the metal which is not inked. Ink if desired.

    Chic Steampunk Brooch
  6. Apply hot glue to the leaf and glue it onto the flower. Use your pliers to roll up the edge of the leaf.

    Chic Steampunk Brooch
  7. Glue a rhinestone to the center of the flower with hot glue. Apply hot glue to the leaf and glue on metal findings.

    Chic Steampunk Brooch
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Awesome! Do you have to do anything to the edges of aluminum? Ie. are they sharp?

WHAT is steampunk?

From the (online) Urban Dictionary: Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan "What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner." For further explanations, go forth and Google. Besides fiction, the concept has been applied to design. In the case of this brooch, though, I don't think it succeeded. For an excellent example of steampunk, rent Will Smith's movie "Wild, Wild West."


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