Studio Musings

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Victorian Listening Device (aka a Bug)

"Victorian Listening Device" by Tamera Mickelson
Here's a piece by one of my favorite artists;  Tamera Mickelson of T.M. Originals.

I got to see this at Sunday's Seedbeader meeting and I begged to take some pictures.  It's tiny; smaller than a quarter all told, the body somewhere between a penny and a nickel in size.  The 'guts' are old clock workings that she salvaged and encased in resin.  The bead work is done with size 11 Delicas. 

Side view, "Victorian Listening Device" by Tamera Mickelson

Three of her pieces are featured in the recently published book 1,000 Steampunk Creations: Neo-Victorian Fashion, Gear, and Art and she'll have a booth at SteamCon here in Seattle in October.  But you don't have to be a steampunk aficionado to enjoy her work.  You can see more of her work, including some additional captured cabochons, at her Artfire site, Javagoth

Grabbed one of her postcards! 

And here's the other side


  1. I've got several of her pieces - amazing work! The bug is so unique!

  2. I need to make another one of these. This one sold in November at a student art show at North Seattle Community College. I won the Presidents Award for this piece!