Apr 152011

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Surprisingly I didn’t finish of the clothing parts for this costume first.
Instead, I suddenly had the inspiration to make the neck ring.

I used Fimo (an oven-hardening, flexible clay), leaf gold and Swarovski rhinestones.

Here’s how I made it:

First, I sculpted the neck ring from Fimo. I did that on a dressmaking model to achieve a perfect curve for the neck. As Fimo remains slightly, but not too flexible after baking, I’ve left the back fairly open and instead made two rather large ‘eyes’ at the side backs through which I can thread a nice velvet or satin banding to prevent the neck ring falling from my neck when I wear it.

After baking I leaf gilded the neck ring, …

…and then I decorated it with Swarovski Rhinestones in different sizes and colors, namely Emerald, Topaz, Garnet, Golden Shadow and Vitrail Medium. I am aware that Vitrail Medium resembles absolutely no natural stone, but I love the color so much, so I had to use it.

(Second picture taken by daylight ouside. Still, of course, the rhinestones don’t show their sparkle – that’s something I experienced to be very difficult in pictures.

Now let’s go on to the skirt

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