and they LIKE crowns.
They thought it was fit for a couple of princes, I had to gently remind them it was made for a queen.
Okay, now seriously... now that Monica has posted about the crown (among other treasures) on her blog , I thought I'd add some thoughts and a couple of other photos of the crown for our Pink Artist doll - Love Squared.
I've been thinking about this crown for a good while now and stared working on it about 2 weeks ago. I did not have a plan other than the shape of it... I dug through my vintage sew-ons knowing there were some in there that looked like jewels. Then just started adding the jewels, crystals and beads.
As I started taking pictures of it - it dawned on me that, not only could it serve as a crown for the doll, it just might make a neat cuff for the lucky winner - I couldn't finish it fast enough. I was unsure how I might finish the edges and attach the ultra suede backing with all those dips and points around the top. But I was determined! Thankfully this is the second cuff I made and since the first was not all that long ago - I remembered some good lessons that helped me tremendously.
Here's a shot of the beginning... originally I added the cuff just as a size reference. It was at that point I began to think it just might make a fun cuff as well as a crown.
After I finished the beading, I attached it to the cuff with a little bit of glue (E-6000). While it was drying, I cut a strip of ultra suede that would be the backing. I used a tiny bit of glue to hold the ultra suede in place and beaded a whip stitch around the bottom and up one side.
At that point I was satisfied I could now cut out the dips in the ultrasuede without worrying about it coming up too short. It was challenging, but I successful in the end (big sigh of relief!). I really wanted it to be perfect for our doll.
Here's a shot of the crown just before I finished the beading.
Included on the crown are vintage sew-ons; fresh water pearls, vintage nailheads; Swarovski lochrosen around the sew-ons and Swarovski margarita beads (volcano in color) at the top of the crown. The majority of the seed beads used are Japanese size 15/0. I used a brass 1/2 inch cuff blank.
Now I don't wear 'big' jewelry, but thought I'd include a shot so you can see what it looks like on.
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman