I’m feeling a little panicked about the HSF, because I’m still behind on my #17 Robes & Robing challenge, and I have a big entry to the #18 Re-Make challenge still to enter (though I did enter two little items), and I’m behind on the 1860s elliptical hoopskirt I’m making for the #19 Wood, Metal, Bone challenge.
So, to mollify myself I whipped up two super simple little items that qualify for ‘Wood, Metal, Bone’:
The first, in metal, is a portrait brooch inspired by 18th century portrait brooches and bracelets.
I printed out Ramsay’s Portrait of a Lady on parchment paper and cropped the face to the right dimensions. I really liked that she was an un-named woman, so that her face didn’t have any connotations other than sweet and appealing.
Then I lacquered the paper to finish and preserve it, and when it was dry, inserted it into an old brooch back with extra layers of cardstock to further protect it.
I’d originally based the look of the brooch loosely on 18th century examples in paintings, but then I found this article from the Girls Own Paper:
My second item is even more simple:
Three round cherry-coloured beads, a bit of wool felt, a bit of embroidery floss, a brooch back and a bit of paste to stiffen my ‘stems’ and affix the brooch and I have a cherry brooch:
I was originally inspired by craft how-tos in some of my 1930s magazines (a 1937 one in particular has a nearly identical how-to only with dangling flowers instead of cherries), but cherries were popular ornamentation throughout the 19th and early 20th century, so I could pin this into the trimmings of a Victorian bonnet without it looking too out of place.
I have to say that while the cherry brooch is cute, and I’m still madly in love with the idea, I’m not entirely satisfied with the end result. I want to keep working on it and perfecting it.
The Challenge: #19: Wood, Metal, Bone
Fabric: wool felt (cherry brooch).
Year: Portrait brooch: mid-late 18th century/1900s; Cherry brooch: 1930s
Notions: Portrait brooch: vintage metal brooch back ($5), faux pearls, thread, lacquer, paper (stash); Cherry brooch: embroidery floss, glue, wooden beads (.90 cents).
How historically accurate is it? Portrait brooch: More inspired than accurate, but the accuracy level improves if I consider it ca 1905 rather than 18th century. Cherry brooch: other than the glue, my technique is nearly identical to a 1930s tutorial, so pretty accurate.
Hours to complete: 1.5 for the pair
First worn: I’ll be sporting the cherry brooch on my jacket this evening
Total cost: NZ$5.90 for the pair