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I didn’t start out with a plan to make any of the fascinators as wedding ones,

rose and white lace fascinator

but a couple have turned out to be suitable, if the bride was a bit daring. Part of the base is some vintage, salvaged lace and an artificial white rose. I loved how the flower and lace came together in a slightly heart shape and didn’t want to take away from it so the only other accents are a a tuft of green ostrich feathers mixed with white quilled loops at the top and a beaded tassel in a soft green hanging below.

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I can’t say I generally pay much attention to the Royals, (The British and therefore also the Canadian ones)

Royal Worcester by Spode Charles and Diana Wedding mini plate

but they’ve been all over the news the past few days. I’m actually a bit shocked to realized how old Prince William is, since I can remember watching most of Charles and Diana’s wedding on the television. (It’s more about how old I am than anything else) I’m sure his wedding will be toned down at least a little but I’m also sure that there will tons of items made to commemorate it. I had mentioned that we had a group of Royal family items come in a while ago and the announcement has given me a push to finally get around to photographing and listing at least the wedding ones. The Wedgewood plate is up and I’ve also just got another of the mini plates on-line. It’s a Royal Worcester Spode, done under the Palissy name. It also still has it’s box and features the most typical design in the things we have. I’ve got an ever smaller mini-plate that is very similar and a mug that I still have to get up, but they should be done in the next couple of days.

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It’s funny how things turn up in groups. Just after I posted about the Charles and Diana tin,

blue Wedgewood Royal wedding plate

not only did it find a home but mother came in with a whole bunch of fine china wedding memorabilia. Actually, the group is more about the Royals generally, but it has a fair bit of Charles and Diana. I thought this was the nicest of the lot. It’s a blue jasper-ware mini plate by Wedgewood. The pair of them are beautifully sculpted in the white detail, over the blue. It’s mint in the box and was even signed by Lord Wedgewood himself in 1981! (the signature is on the back) I’m going to be working on doing some photography over the next few weeks because items like this are pretty collector specific and I think that, at this time of the year, it’s probably faster for it to find a home on-line than through the shop, although it will, of course, be decorating a display case until then.

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I’ve been continuing to work on making new masks and enjoying trying some new things. Considering how well my more traditional Venetian masks have been received

wedding veil lace mask, Suzette

as wedding apparel I thought it might be fun to design something wedding specific. Most of the lace I use is reclaimed, so I tend to have small batches of a really wide range of styles. My pieces will end up having lace from several different sources used to make up each unique design. The constant variety and limited amounts are part of how the design process always stays fresh for me. I can only ever make so many of any given style, because I eventually run out that lace! Sometimes I end up with lace bits that are harder to incorporate into a mask, no matter how pretty. This mask solved a dilemma I’d been having for a while. It’s a lovely heavy lace, in pristine condition and a gorgeous slightly off-white colour. (because the lace is typically both sealed and gilded, original colour isn’t retained)   I also loved the softly gathered fall of tulle that connected the top band to the lower detailed edge. The problem, for me, was that most of that would be hidden, after gilding and the soft ruffling would have to be lost. I just couldn’t bring myself to cut it up, so it’s been waiting for me to design a solution. This is it! I went very clean and plain and let the beauty of the lace shine. The mask underneath is simple, just white with a fine corded edge. the plain tulle falls over the eyes, so there is very little obstruction to the wearers ability to see, yet it still has a wonderfully mysterious and romantic quality. It’s a limited edition design, (I don’t have that much of the lace) but I’m very happy with it and I think it would be a really different alternative to a traditional wedding veil! (or you can just wear it for fun 😉 )

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I recently finished a piece, using one of my new DM Dzign moldings, for a daring client. She was getting married late spring and wanted to go with having a mat,

signed wedding mat-board in frame

for guests to sign, rather than the standard guest book. I love this option because it’s fun and it also gives you a piece you can enjoy daily, rather than a book stuck in a drawer somewhere. There are a few things you need to keep in mind to make theses pieces work, going with an archival mat-board is crucial! Many of the cheap, pre-made ones are not and you don’t want this kind of once-in-a-lifetime piece to be made using a material that won’t last. You also should use a good archival fine or wider tip marker (in this case, she went with a mix of both that gives a nice added variation to the signatures) or metallic pen. (you have to be careful with these because they are prone to major leaks that can ruin your mat) Ballpoint pen ink will feather, over time, on mat-board so they should be avoided. Pretty much any of the pens/markers made for scrap-booking will work. The next biggest thing is make sure that the mat is already

detail of "Jolly Roger" molding by DM Dzigns

in a frame when it’s out for signing. This is vital because, if it is just left out, you are guaranteed that people will sign right to the edge and then their signatures will be partially covered by the lip of the frame. I’ve ended up having to add mats and make very precisely fitted frames, many times, to try and fix this problem. In this case, it was a wedding of less than 150 people, so we went with a 16×20 inch exterior and an 8×10 photo. This gave us lots of room for people to sign. I cut the mat in a “digital” white that is designed for photos and gave them a loaner frame of the same size, with bendable points in the back for easy access, for use on the day. She, and her now husband, are both archeologists and, when I told her about the new moldings, she opted for the wide black “Jolly Roger” skull and crossbones frame! The great thing about this molding is that, from a distance it just reads as a textured black molding, but up close you see the pattern of skulls alternating with long bones. I cut this frame so that the corners all looked clean with meeting long bones. I used archival backing, mounts and glazed with UV glass. The final result is a slightly quirky, but very personal memento of the start of their life together that they can see every day and will last for generations.

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I’ve now got the whole new group of ornate masks listed on Etsy. So far they’ve been really well received and are already appearing in a number of treasuries.

Venetian Masquerade at the Indie Bride

What’s really exciting is that my silver and brown mask, Marchesa, is the star of a feature on the Indie Bride! It’s a really cool site that showcases a wide range of non-typical bridal ideas. I haven’t generally made my masks specifically for the bridal market, but considering how many of my buyers are purchasing for weddings, I’ve come to realize that they are a great fit. Now I just have to get the word out more that I will create custom pieces, for these types of occasions! (actually, I just have to get the word out generally about my willingness to do custom)

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