The Leeds Steampunk market held at the Left Bank was a brilliant, morale-boosting event. We covered our costs and made a small profit which for a first time specialist market, we felt was pretty good going. We made a few changes to our stall set up since Christmas, namely by getting more height on to show off the smaller terrariums. Stacks of ancient volumes of Plato’s Republic would do nicely! We also left a lot of the bigger glassware empty as I found that customers loved to mix and match their favourite toy characters with a terrarium they fancied the most.
Despite our success, there is still a lot to learn about marketing particularly from the other stall holders – “damn, we need a big sign” – featured a lot through the day and – “what do we do with the care instructions?” - highlighted our inexperience. Still here we are, dressed warmly in pre-war style garments, still smiling in the freezing conditions.
Hello everybody, there’s such a lot happening with us right now that we’re fairly fizzing with excitement and that’s down to people knowing we’re here…which is down to people knowing what we’ve got. With that in mind, it was high time a few photography lessons were learned (reflection = awkward) in order to achieve our primary objective: properly beautiful product shots on the nets.
The Studio Upstairs is a happy little place located above the vintage shop Upstaged round the back of the Corn Exchange in Leeds. Last Saturday, photographer in chief – the brilliant Mr Christian Gallagher, gave an outstanding lesson observation. Firstly, the steps to success: polish, polish, polish then when the glass gleams and every thumbprint has been vanquished, fire a beam of daylight into the terrariums whilst shutting out as much of everything else as you can. The outcome? Well we went from a possible C+:
To an A*!
with added distinction!!
Well we reckon we’ve definitely met the success criteria but can we replicate this at home? I guess you’ll be the first to know.
Inspired by a box of vintage marbles from an antiques centre. This jewellery inspired our name and remains one of our favourite ranges.
Giant marbles!! I know there’s a name for these but it escapes me right now. Makes for a mega-chunky necklace.
Closeup so you can see the opalescent sheen on these marbles and the colours :)
Vintage cloudy marbles. There are some signs that marbles have been played with in places – but I love them all the more for that.
New marbles – solid colours but with an opalescent sheen. Pretty! Perfect for a redhead…
Closeup so you can see the clouds on these vintage marbles. They remind me of cloud-covered planets with swirling winds.
Upcycled and recycled jewellery handcrafted in yorkshire
I think this might be the Goth Marbellous – mix of new & vintage marbles in dark green and gunmetal
On a dark background you can see the fine detail in the woven binding.
One of the things I like about these items: the marbles are not damaged. If you end up in a post-apocalyptic future, you could snip the bindings, release the marbles and play a game. I’m cheery aren’t I? ;)
Fat cat’s eye marbles glowing in the afternoon sun. Vintage / upcycled.
Experimenting with photography. You can just about see the bead which forms the necklace clasp up near my thumb.
Photography taken on Bradford Keighley & Worth Valley steam railway.
Please excuse the large ammount of delocotage on view, it’s hard to photograph yourself.
Another close up. Forgive me for being a bit obsessed – but even as a child I thought marbles were marvellous and would closely examine each one.
Cat’s eye marbles in a closeup so you can appreciate all the transparency
Graduated marbles & a simple silver plated hoop backing
Cat’s whisler marbles are like cat’s eye marbles except the swirl is extra thin. New marbles and really clear glass on these.
Vintage marbles in warm colours. Anoher graduated one – sphagetti-yellow marble in the centre largest and yellow peewee marbles at ends.
Knuckleduster ring! Handmade from vintage marbles in Yorkshire!
Solid white marbles with yellow, green and red stripes. I call these melon marbles though this may well be the wrong name.
Vintage marbles on a vintage windowsill. The outside whooses past as we’re on a train.
Graduated red/yellow marbellous in close-up.
More vintage cloudy marbles which look like little planets. So pretty!
3 strand coloured cat’s eye marbles.
Another upcycled item – all vintage marbles. Graduated so larger marbles in centre. Love the blue and brown together.
Closeup – you can see the light shining through the marbles. The translucency is one of the things I like best about these pieces.
Love how these sit on the collarbone. The marbles balence in a graceful arc.
They’re floating! It’s magic!!
I love how these necklaces hang by the collarbone. The marbles look like they are floating.
Rainbow vintage cat’s eye marbles. My personal fave.
Love this one – vintage marbles in a vintage setting (Haworth Steam Railway)
Graduated necklace in spring greens. I was so tempted to keep this one.
When wearing one of these – it’s amazing how many people stare at you for a minute and admire your necklace – and then say – is that MARBLES?!? ;)
Upcycled + recycled marble jewellery hand made in Yorkshire! :)
Marbellous earings! This is the first pair I made. I was so keen to photograph them I forgot to trim the ends first!