Saturday, July 10, 2010

A Crown for Nancy-Raven

For her Birthday, Nancy-Raven had mentioned to me that she wanted to wear a crown. After all, as she put it, she would be Queen for the day! She showed me this crown from The Tudor Shoppe which she really liked:

Unfortunately, I couldn't fit it in my budget as we were already getting her a somewhat pricey Espresso Machine (I know, boring, right? It was my Sweetheart's idea as she and he are both Coffee Aficionados, and she loved it, so I guess it was worth it... I'm just kidding - it was a great gift idea).

I still wanted her crown dream to come true, so as any Fairy Best Friend would do, I made her one.

Nancy-Raven's Birthday Crown

And of course, because of the recent heat wave, I was always too tired to do anything, so I waited until the night before!

I looked around on DeviantArt and Etsy for a good while looking for some inspiration. As I had a lot of different gauges of wire and plenty of beads for jewelry making, I went for a wrapped wire model.

Nancy-Raven's Birthday Crown - Front

Here is a list of the Materials I used:

  • 14, 16, 18 at 20 gauge galvanized wire
  • Pliers
  • Red glass beads
  • Black faceted plastic beads
  • Faux tear drop pearl
  • Sea glass piece found on the beach almost 20 years ago (I am somewhat of a hoarder when it comes to craft and costuming - I rarely throw anything away, to my Sweetheart's dismay.)
Nancy-Raven's Birthday Crown - Back

I am quite proud of the way it turned out, especially considering it my my first piece AND it was the night before (my fingers were so sore).

With Nancy-Raven, you never know what reaction to expect: she could have politely thanked me for the thought, but as it turned out, she loved it (which made me doubly proud).

Nancy-Raven wearing her Birthday Crown - Restaurant

She put it on her head as soon as she opened the box that contained it, in the restaurant...

Nancy-Raven wearing her Birthday Crown - End of the Evening

...and she still had it on when we left her parent's place (where we had delicious bite size cakes made at the Bakery where she works). She even drove her cousin's convertible from the restaurant to her parent's home with it on.

Nancy-Raven's Birthday Crown - A Photo Montage

Well Sweetie, I'm glad I could make your day (I know the Coffee maker had something to do with it too).