Steampunk Is Bad For You

January 10th, 2009 | people I know

Jane Irwin:

As many of you know, I make Steampunk Jewelry for fun and sometimes profit. I buy old watch parts off of eBay, glue them together into new and interesting shapes, and make them into pins and necklaces and earrings. Back in October, I won an auction that contained a bunch of old military watch faces. When they arrived, I looked them over, and after fiddling with them for a bit, and even preparing some of them to be made into jewelry, I noticed that several of them had greenish paint on their numerals. Huh, I thought. I’ll bet that’s the infamous radium paint I’ve heard so much about…

…which lead directly to Geiger counters, Radiation Safety Officers and concerns about earlobe cancer….

3 Responses to “Steampunk Is Bad For You”

  1. […] Via Warren, firsthand evidence that steampunk hates you and wants you to die slowly. […]

  2. Is it wrong that I really want some radioactive steampunk jewellery now? Shame I’m not the jewellery type, I’ve lost any of it I ever owned within days with the exception of a glow in the dark plastic skull ring I had as a kid.

  3. There’s a good article about the original Radium Girls and their shameful treatment by the US Radium corporation here: