Thursday, December 29, 2011

Crowning Glory

Had in the back of my mind a golden crown for the Queen Bee puppet to wear. Had loads of great crown reference images. But then I saw the crown that grows naturally on the top of my favorite food, pomegranates. I received a bunch of fresh poms off a local tree and one had a top that struck me like a perfect crown. I cut it off and stuck it in the freezer for several weeks to dry it out slowly. Then I painted it with frosty reds and golds, bejeweled it with real keshi pearl and gold spheres so tiny like could be pollen.

I left the sort of seedy bramble on the inside and painted each seed gold and added more tiny pearls.

The wonderful creature modelling the completed crown on the right is one of my most favorite possessions. It's a small sculpture by artist Jo-Ellen Trilling. A sensational creature, part bird, part lion, made of taffeta, painted fur, and feather, on its own upholstered plinth. I love him. And I'll love the new Queen Bee when she comes. I have her crown ready.


  1. Anonymous11:33 AM

    Fantastic. That is so amazing. As I was reading your post, I assumed the pomegranate was for inspiration, like you modelled the crown on what you found in nature - but no - you actually used the pomegranate. Wow. It looks wonderful.

    Also Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you. Love Melissa

  2. Awwww! Thanks, Melissa! I so appreciate having this be appreciated! So encouraging! Thank you!

    Officially welcome to Halfland by the way, I think you found me via Paper Forest, right?

  3. PS: YES!!! I'm finding it so thrilling to actually bring real natural materials into Halfland more and more. So interesting an idea!

  4. *Sigh* I love everything about this post. The crown is amazing. The little lion creature is amazing...that face! Jeez. I'm totally smit. Also? Pomegranates are my favorite. Growing up we had pomegranate trees in our yard and my mom made LOADS of pomegranate jelly for the family. It was the best stuff ever.

    btw, Happy New Year to you!

  5. Pom Sister! ugh, I love them. Never heard of pom jelly though. Sounds dee-vine! I like food you have to work at, like artichokes too.

    Happy New Year, Amy, to you and your whole blooming family, xoxox


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