Cheeky Crafter Steampunk Gears

Colour
Mixed
Bronze
Copper
Gold
Rose
Silver

Want to add a touch of steampunk to your project?  Grab yourself a set of Cheeky Crafter Steampunk Gears today and get craftin'!  

Each kit contains approximately 50 grams of gears in random assorted designs and sizes. The exact quantity of gears varies a little depending on whether you get large ones or small ones, but on average you'll get about 40-45 pieces. 

Product Details
Packaging: Your gears will come in a small plastic ziplock bag for easy storage.
Materials: Colour-toned zinc alloy.
Weight: Each bag contains approximately 50 grams of gears. 
Quantity: The exact quantity of gears varies a little depending on whether you get large ones or small ones, but on average you'll get about 40-45 pieces. 
Designs:

Please note, there is a huge variety of different styles and designs in these packs. The photos just show an example of what you could potentially get, but every pack is a little different. 

Designs range in size from a teeny tiny 9mm across to a whopping 35mm across. 

Shipping

The rates for shipping this item are:

  • CourierPost - Metro (Non-Signature) - $3.99
  • CourierPost - Metro (Signature) - $4.99
  • CourierPost - Rural (Non-Signature) - $8.49
  • CourierPost - Rural (Signature) - $9.49

Stock for this item is held in New Zealand. Please allow 1-4 days for delivery via CourierPost. 

To keep the costs down, this item DOES NOT qualify for free shipping within New Zealand - at least, not by itself.

Would you like to qualify for free shipping? Of course you would! Free shipping is awesome! Just purchase any local item with free shipping in the same order, and you get free shipping on everything. Yay! Click here to view all our local items with free shipping. Please note, this excludes Factory Direct items. 

Reviews
Information: Plated Jewellery vs Colour Toned Jewellery

Plated Jewellery: 

If a piece of jewellery is referred to as plated or electro-plated, that means that it was made out of a strong base metal (like steel, copper, or zinc alloy), and then essentially dipped it in a  softer and less robust precious metal (like gold or silver) to give it a thin layer of precious metal on the outside.

Plating jewellery creates vibrant colours and protects your skin from allergies to the base metal, but the plating will eventually wear away to reveal the metal underneath. 

Colour-Toned Jewellery:

If a piece of jewellery is referred to as colour-toned, that means that the entire piece is made out of the strong metal (like steel, copper, or zinc alloy), and the metal has been dyed to resemble another metal (usually gold).

Colour-toned jewellery generally does not contain any precious metals. Colour-toning usually produces a darker starting colour than plating, but the colour is more reliable and will last for longer. 

The Cake Metaphor:

I like to use the cake metaphor to remember the difference. 

If your jewellery has been plated, it's like a cake with colourful icing on the outside and plain insides.

If you jewellery has been colour-toned, it's like a cake that has been coloured using food colouring instead of icing. 

Why Not Both?

After that cake metaphor, I bet you're asking the same question I was: But I can have coloured icing AND a pretty rainbow cake on the inside! Why can't I have the same in jewellery? 

The answer is that you can! It's quite common for manufacturers to colour tone the base metal of their plated jewellery before they plate it, because that makes it less obvious when the plating starts to wear away.  It will still fade as the precious metal wears away, but the difference is less visible.

But, most manufacturers won't tell you if they've done that, so it's kind of one of those things where you just have to hope for the best.