Well, not entirely of trash, but there’s some trash in there!
No new materials purchased to make this crown for a fabulous Snow Queen or Winter Witch except the headband base. Yeah, it’s not exactly seasonal, but I had a lot of pretty snow and ice materials around from the Snow Queen projects of years ago. And besides, this is one of the projects I’m gonna raffle or donate for queer community fundraisers when quarantine is over, so maybe it won’t even be out in public for months!
Sometimes another artist’s creative work hits me so hard it haunts me (benevolently) for years.
Such was the case with Nifer’s GashlycrumbTiniescostume for the Edwardian Ball in 2009. Her genius in creating the costume for Winnie, Embedded in Ice, was so great that I can see it in my mind’s eye like a photograph any time I want. I always wanted to do something icy like that, with transparent and glitter frosted materials. Finally, last month, I did!
The frontispiece of this headpiece is a piece of flexible plastic from a box or something, cut into curving, wavelike shapes along the top.
Then I used my finger to smear interference paint (the same interference paint, once I get going with a material I keep going!) on the back, and then I dusted lavender-blue micro-glitter over the wet paint.
Once the paint on the back was dry, I glued the plastic strip to the wide blue headband I had already built out with plastic icicles and blue glitter vinyl spikes. Then I decorated the curved top edge of the plastic with opalescent and iridescent crystals and beads.
I had saved the plastic bags the PVA for my 3D printing pen came in. They were slightly cloudy and had a rounded shape from holding the coils of PVA filament. I cut them into round tabs, gathered the tabs at their bases with wire, smeared interference paint on them, and dredged them in glitter.
I also did some ombre business with silver and teal microbeads! I love microbeads, which are also easily found under the name “nail art caviar beads”!
And I made some little curliques of beads on wire, cause why not. And tucked some tufts of that galaxy tulle in the fans as well. You can see a little video of me dredging them in glitter here.
Haven’t you always wanted to be DREDGED IN GLITTER?
Actually, I know you – you have been!
So I gluegunned the plastic fans on, and added resin snowflakes and a swirl of silver wired ribbon at the front and poufs of a different silver wired ribbon at the back. I am gonna use up this Snow Queen stuff at some point!
The genesis of this project was in multiple threads of awareness.
First, I have experienced so much precious community in Disabled Twitter in the last year. I am so grateful to the “visibly disabled”, chair users and mobility aid users, limb different folks and asymmetrical folks, for the welcome they give to invisible illness and chronic illness folks like me. To be heard and seen for the person fighting to “function” that I am is a revelation.
Then, I was watching that tv show about fairies fucking.
There was a scene where a fairy midwife looked at a newborn being whose wings were small and said, “He probably couldn’t even ever have taken flight, poor thing!” or something like that. I was like, ableist prejudice from the fairies???
And I had some scraps of Angelina Fantasy Film that I had shaped as test pieces and then absently glued crystals to, on my worktable.
Slowly this all came together with the idea to make one of my bricolage fairy dolls, but visibly disabled and limb different. I used the second-to-last one of the ceramic fairy bust/heads I bought on sale at the craft store in St. Paul in 1994!
I shaped the base for the non-binary fairy, whose name is Lux, out of tinfoil, which I covered with FIMOAir air-dry modelling clay.
Then I used my fave epoxy clay, Apoxie Sculpt, over that.
Air-dry clay is quite strong, but I wanted the more robust feel and finer detail holding of Apoxie Sculpt for the final layer.
Then I selected two different size cyborg arms from my collection of Alien action figures, given to me years ago by a beloved Friend-Muse-Patron.
I love Alien action figure arms!
Here you can see the test fitting of the arms. I snipped off extra plastic with my jewelry snips and sanded them to shape with my Tack Life mini-dremel tool. I wanted them to look like doll arms, attached at the shoulder rather than growing out of the shoulder, clearly prosthetic. I painted the figure base and the arms with artist’s acrylic, sealing the arms with a coat of Matte Mod Podge afterwards. I used interference paint here and there for extra gleam.
I have been obsessing over holographic pvc fetishfashion. For weeks.
Like this. It’s a madness. A desire so intense for flashing rainbow glitter that there is a #Holosexual hashtag!
Luckily, I had the holographic pvc, a craft knife, a cutting board, jump rings, and tiny brads and buckles. I have been using tiny buckles and hardware from model horse supply company Rio Rondo for years.
Yes, they know kinky fetish people use their stuff for things like Barbie Bondage. No, they still haven’t updated their website!
I made Lux’s heart out of a mix of translucent red Fimo, Premo Sculpey Opal clay, Fimo effects bronze, and plain translucent Fimo. I had the idea it would be an external heart, with veins coming from it, and there would be a clear layer of resin encasing it. So I broke into my UV-curing resin! I bought some UV resin to try a couple months ago, but hadn’t touched it.
Last fall I asked fellow miniature crafter (and Ms. DTLA!) AfroDisiac about usingUV resin when I saw her mention it. She reassured me but I was still afraid! UV resin is mostly made in Japan, and there just aren’t that many online resources in English to learn about using it. This project made me jump in at last. And I love it!!!
I wanted to use UV resin because of several of its properties: clarity, shine, lack of yellowing, and hardness.
I felt like it would be strong enough to hold wire “veins” in place and let me bend and manipulate them, and in fact it is! I crazy-glued the veins on and then squeezed resin over. The resin seems goopy going on, but self-levels smoothly within a few minutes. Because of the spreading out, you really have to work in thin layers if you don’t have a bezel or a UV oven.
I bought an LED UV flashlight, but it wasn’t powerful enough to properly cure the resin I have, which is not intended for LED curing. It’s Padico, which is a very popular brand, and they do have one which is both LED and UV quick-curing. I will definitely get that next time!
Lux’s wings are Angelina Fantasy Film.
I discuss the issue of how to purchase this product, when “Angelina Fantasy Film” is ungoogleable, here. Fearless Pink Gay Santa is the first project I made with Fantasy Film. The veins in Lux’s wings are wire and lengths of PLA filament (from the 3D printerpen my mom-in-law got me!) that I stretched and shaped using a lighter.
I have no idea why Lux’s heart glows under the UV light from the LED flashlight. I was mightily surprised to learn it! Maybe one of the Fimo clays I used was glow-in-the-dark, not transparent?
It’s a trip, right? So is my journey of learning to see beauty in all forms.