First of all,
meet Mr Butterbean!
Isn't he lovely?
It's been a while since we had a bunny,
and Hubby bought him for me
all of a sudden!
Yes, he's adorable!
So is the bunny!
Well, I've done a lot since I was last here.
Technically, Marie is finished.
I need to take some
pin-up style shots of her.
here is some more
Marie on my glass table.
This is early morning
(8.00am, is early, right?)
and she's waiting for her gloves and shoes.
These are the soles of the shoes
sculpted from paper clay
I looked at a lot of 18th century shoes
and darling little things they are!
Ribbons and roses and frills.
And the women's shoes were even fancier!
The best little 18th century shoes I know
are made by Anita Riviera, of
Aren't these divine?
A lot of the historical shoes
had decorated heels,
and I thought that was a lovely idea.
Here are the soles, painted
with flowers and leaves.
Then they are sealed,
and left to dry,
before covering with the fabric uppers.
Marie has her panniers,
and that complete the sum of her clothing.
She has bright coral pink garters
to hold up her white stockings.
There's a very good reason
she's wrapped in a plastic bag.
A very good reason indeed.
I'd piled up her bouffant coiffure
and it looked ok,
and it stayed in place.
But Marie had some real problems
with flyaway hair.
She was going to need some serious lacquer.
So, it was into the plastic bag,
and out with the Krylon matte seal.
Once I'd sprayed her
and the hair was set,
and her face paint was sealed
I could finish embellishing her wig.
This is the back.
I added some roses to her brow,
to hold down a stray curl.
I made Marie some ringlets.
I'd twisted some of the white hair
around a chopstick.
Poured boiling water over it.
Dunked the chopstick into iced water
to cool and set.
Left to dry.
Once it was dry,
I sprayed it with more lacquer,
let that set and then slid it off the chopstick.
The ringlets were attached to the back of her hair
and brought over her shoulders.
More roses and plumes,
and a big pink satin bow.
And she's all finished.
I just need to take some pretty pictures.