Burlesque performer Miss Annaphylactic Shock and her turquoise Lux Mystica pasties!
Here is an article on this wonderful woman but you need to know Swedish…! Miss Annaphylactic Shock
Here’s a pair of red and black pasties I made for a burlesque performer pal. Simple bead and sequin work. I used a dark mauve instead of black beads with black sequins – and in patterns that would have made sense to match the sequin colours – in order to lighten the look and tie the black and red together a bit more. I think it was successful! These pasties are constructed on a light buckram base for strength and backed with flexible glue, so that they are not too stiff or heavy. The backing also holds the double sided tape that keeps them attached really well, which is a very important aspect of this kind of adornment!
The pattern on these pasties is subtle – the performer told me what her act and costuming was going to be so I knew these would need to be interesting in action, not upon contemplation. They needed to catch light in a glimmering way, to be “just enough”, not overwhelming.
Last year I was a vendor at the huge burlesque convention in Seattle, BurlyCon. Burlesque ladies know and love their glitter! It was a great time with lots of awesome stuff which included (but was definitely not limited to) flashy costumes, rhinestoned accessories, sparkly makeup, jewellery and shoes.
Gaaaahhhh…..so much for a magpie to love!
Lux Mystica booth:
I really like this cuff that I made a while ago. I meant to sell it but I’ve worn it so many times that I think it’s mine now. Not to worry, I’ll make more – it’s fun to make and different enough that I think it will be as popular with others as it is with me! I will have to make a few sizes (S, M, L) as it doesn’t stretch or hang, but must fit nicely around the wrist.
The cuff was beaded on a sturdy base and lined with faux suede. My favorite round glass stone is the centre point (I think I like these kind of stones so much because they remind me of medieval cabochon jewels). There is a tiny pink Swarovksi heart bead at the tip of the point. A dash of sweetness and romance!
My beaded piece “Early 20th Century Headdress” (originally called “Gatsby”) received an Honorable Mention at the Kamloops Arts Council ‘s “Art Exposed” exhibit! 🙂
This is great because I wasn’t sure beadwork would be a good medium for a show like this, but apparently it is. Yay!
Lux Mystica at the Biltmore cabaret. Pictured is my beautiful assistant. Great fun! Met lots of cool folks and saw much neat stuff… 🙂
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Lux Mystica table to chat and check out our sparklies!
The photo is a little blurry. It was dark and atmospheric and very burlesque.
I hear there will be more VIBF events coming up and I encourage you to come out and participate!
I will be at the Seattle Burlycon November 8 to 10th. I have new stuff: cuffs, fascinators, bags and PASTIES. Here’s a sneak peek!
A while ago I started a headdress by making medallions. I called the project “Gatsby”.
I left it for a while as I thought about assembling the medallions into the headdress the way I wanted. I changed my mind a couple of times, but finally I decided how to link the three circles. I used the thick interfacing that I used to back the medallions, making a band of two connected strips which are darted to form a curved centre. I was going to put a plastic headband under it, but I am still not sure it needs that. A wire sewed under might suffice, but we shall see once it has been completely beaded so I know the final weight of it.
These are pictures of it in progress – not done yet, but to show that I haven’t forgotten old Gatsby, it’s just that it’s a big project and I want it done exactly right. Click for larger views!