I don't know why, but the more I work with watch gears, compasses, and maps, the more I fall in love with all things steampunk. There's just something about the mix of vintage victorian and industrial that fascinates me, and of course the perfect way to keep being inspired and try new ways of incorporating steampunk elements is to work on a few mini's.
I got a new batch of watch gears this week, and I decided to use more of the odd shaped pieces in my work, instead of just the gears. I layered some gears on top, and tried putting groups of them close together so give the impression of working cogs that can actually rotate. (Maybe someday I'll figure out how to actually have rotating cogs in my pieces.) Of course, practicing my collage work is always a consideration for creating more mini's. For some reason, collages intimidate me, even though I love the result when an artist manages to balance all the elements involved and keep the piece interesting. Finding that balance is hard for me to achieve, and so I turn to my mini's. I'm pretty happy with how these ones turned out. Maybe I'm getting better.
These were way too much fun. I can definitely see more of these being created in the future, whether I need the practice or not.