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.
Lux Mystica will be setting up shop at the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival Burlesque Bazaar 2014 Fundraiser this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Doors open at noon the Biltmore Hotel.
This will be a great event – lots of vendors, fashion shows and entertainment. Come on down if you can!
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!
I’ve been away from the blog for a while. Moving and such. Lots of beads to move.
But I have not been idle all this time!
First up, pasties! The official costume of burlesque!
These are made with two types of sequins: large flat checkered holograms and smaller cupped hologram. The beads are gold silver-lined and the smaller sequins are attached with the beaded arch of the gold beads. This make for a huge sparkle, especially as I made sure the surface was completely encrusted – almost double layered, so there would be no space that wasn’t glittery. The outer rims have a looped edging in beads.
The next set of pasties I call “Lilac Lust”. These are also “encrusted” with lots of sequins and some nice fat milky lilac beads for a rich textured look. The detachable tassels on swivel mechanism makes for big twirls!
Next up – “Time Travel” pasties! These were inspired by a theme for our local burlesque show. I wanted them to look a bit like the swirling spiral vortex that was on an old TV show from the 60’s that had something to do with time travel.
I didn’t want black and white, but I needed something so that the spiral would show up – contrast. Blue and white it was. This was fun to do. I have been experimenting with a different kinds of material for the pasties and have found thick interfacing to be really easy to work with. It’s light, flexible but really strong and takes the needle well. Yay!
So that they didn’t get boring, I alternated beads with larger pearls on the “white” arm of the spiral. I like this effect and it helps your eyes go funny, which is the whole point of the theme! I was going to put tassels on these too but I haven’t yet and I’m not sure I will. They look pretty cool as they are.
…with a second set of pasties. These are beaded and jewelled an have crystal/beaded tassels. This was fun and more are coming in the future.
The tassels are mounted on a fishing spinner and twirl fantastically well. A jeweled bead sparkles at the top of the tassel for maximum action. The face of the pasties are encrusted with beads, sequins, crystals and stones. Very posh.
I will get a friend to try them out ASAP to test whether they are too heavy or not, but I think they will be fine, they just need to be attached securely, which all pasties should be, amiright?
Here’s what I did with a pair of matching “cathedral” circles;
Yes, I turned them into pasties! I have friends who use them in burlesque shows and I thought it would be cool to have: 1) custom made ones and, 2) pasties on a gothic cathedral theme because of it’s utter incongruity.
I like the way they look and they aren’t too heavy. They would be with tassels, so I didn’t add any. The fabric was a good colour but a little too heavy for the project. A light silk would be perfect.