I feel a tiny bit like I cheated this month since I had already hatched the idea for this necklace and earrings before I started reading the book selection this month. Each year for the Bead Cruise, Heather Powers chooses a theme for a costume/cocktail party. This year she chose "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Even though I'm not great at coming up with fabulous costumes, I hate to pass up a chance to let loose and be a little wild so I started plotting early. I had a mask that I got a good deal on at sci/fi convention a few years ago and have never worn. I thought the great leaf design would be a perfect starting point for my fairy costume! I did some searching online and found some fun, leafy fairy wings in orange and red and a simple orange tutu. I still had to make some minor adjustments to the mask and find a suitable under layer for the tutu, but I was feeling pretty good about my costume by November and then sort of forgot about things for a while... and I hadn't even begun to think about jewelry! Lucky for me, the January edition of Erin Prais-Hintz's Simple Truths Sampler Club got my creative juices going... it was the perfect complement for the rest of my outfit!
I picked out lots of Czech glass flower and leaf beads in the colors of the pendant (and my new leggings that I bought to go under the tutu) and arranged them (along with a couple of rondelles) in an asymmetrical design. I used brass chain and findings to go with the brass pendant bezel.
Needing earrings to go along with my new flower fairy necklace, I got to work playing with some enameled bead caps from C-Koop Beads. I bought a lot of different colored pairs of flower bead caps a while back with the idea of making earrings featuring vine-like dangles, but hadn't gotten around to figuring out how to make my vision reality. This was do or die time! I ended up using a skinny mandrel intended for making wire loops to wrap my long head pin around to form my "vines." They aren't perfect, but I'm pretty happy with how these turned out considering they were a first attempt. I'm eager to play with some of the other colors and shapes of enameled bead caps that I've been hoarding!
And here's a look at me in my full costume for our party night on the cruise! It was a great night dancing and cavorting with the other Bead Cruise fairies!
|Me in my fairy costume with my roommate Lissa.|