Lockable Viking Knit

My lion-head silver Viking Knit chain with a rhinestone-covered lock for a clasp

My lion-head silver Viking Knit chain with a rhinestone-covered lock for a clasp

Around the same time that I was trying to find interesting closures for the Viking Knit chain that I’d made, I ran into a friend who was wearing a chain mail choker necklace – but instead of a clasp, she actually had a small lock on it.

Similar to the Tiffany & Co. lockable jewelry (see the chain bracelet here, the narrow hinged bangle here, and the wide hinged cuff here) as well as the leather cuffs and collars favoured by fetishists and club kids, I thought it would be interesting to see the Viking Knit with a lockable closure instead of the spring gate closure I’d been using up to that point.

I popped a shiny silver lock onto the tri-colour Viking Knit chain with skull end caps. I originally bought this lock for an accent on a corset – but never ended up making the corset… (yet!).

Three-colour Viking Knit with skull head end caps with a shiny silver lock for a closure

Three-colour Viking Knit with skull head end caps with a shiny silver lock for a closure

I also added a rhinestone-covered heart-shaped lock to the silver Viking Knit chain with lion head end caps. (Pictured above) I think I like this one even better! I originally bought the lock as a gift for a friend…. but then ended up not giving it to her, and into my stash of crafty things it went instead!


Another cameo

Cameos are another thing I ❤ – traditional or the updated skeleton/octopus/bat ones that I’ve acquired and worked with recently.  I had this cameo pendant (from Michael’s) for a while, and while doing my crafty-ness I thought that I would put it together with some chain and black pearls that I had in my ‘stash’ (also from Michaels).  The problem – the length of the chain was just too long for one strand (without a lot wasted – plus a bit too skimpy for the large pendant) and too short for two strands.  So, I got out the jewellery pliers, and started playing around with the connections.  I actually had to open up the chain to get the pendant on anyways (between the pearls) since the pendant bail is smaller than the pearl…

Cameo pendant

From there I attached the second piece of chain up along the sides of the supporting chain – but with enough excess so that the chain will droop slightly – not unlike my Tudor-meets-Victorian necklace that I made a while back.

I haven’t had the chance to wear this yet.. but I think it will work nicely with my Steampunk-inspired outfits!

Rosary Ankh

A while ago I saw this photo of Tuomas Holopainen – the composer and keyboard player for Nightwish  – and I love the iconography of rosary beads.  Only problem – I’m not Catholic (or any religious/spiritual persuasion that would suggest I’d wear or use rosary beads).

Tuomas Holopainen – photographer unknown

n.b. normally I’d link to the place I found the photo –but the place I found it is not the original anyways (and was irrelevant).

Then for some unknown reason, my mum received a rosary in the mail. I really have no idea why – some charity fundraiser I presume.  She ended up giving it to me, since I can often ‘do something with this…’.  It got me thinking about the photo, and how I could re-work the rosary into a necklace.

So, when I was getting crafty a while ago, I pulled out a cute chunky ankh which didn’t really “go” with the other ankh projects I was working on – but with the newly acquired rosary sitting in my jewellery-making pile, I got inspired. (After all, the ankh is a symbol of eternal life… and is often sorted with crosses and crucifixes.)

Rosary (red beads), and the “rosary ankh”

The ankh – not sure where I got it.  I think it was a gift, and it’s stamped “Made in Canada” so it’s entirely possible that I got it in Canmore at Heartstrings or in Calgary at a bead shop. Perhaps even in Vancouver at a bead shop? Conclusion – no idea.  The black beads and majority of the findings are from Michael’s, while the filigree connector and chain are from Beads And Plenty More in Northland Village Shops in Calgary.

Rosary (red beads), and the “rosary ankh”

I first started looking at the structure of the red rosary – how there are 10 beads in a set, then a space, then another set.  I mimicked this with the black beads using eye-pins, tiny lengths of chain, and then a larger black bead on an eye pin and so on.  Looping all the eye pins probably took the most time of anything!  The only problem – I didn’t have a Y-connector.  Or rather, the ones I had I didn’t LIKE for this project.  So I started at Beadles – which was closed (despite the website saying it would be open) then to Michael’s looking for something, then finally to Beads And Plenty More. There was NOTHING that jumped out at me – the few that were stylistically close were the wrong colour, and although they had several actual rosary Y-connectors, I didn’t want to go that route by any means.

“rosary ankh”

Finally in the filigree section I found this diamond-shaped piece which I figured would work – it isn’t QUITE what I was looking for – but the shape works, the hole-spacing works, the colour works, and the size works. Once the whole thing was complete, I ran a single line of beading wire through all the holes in the beads and around the split rings – just to keep the necklace from coming apart if all of those tiny links aren’t 100%.  (While I was making it I found an opening, and I could only imagine it coming apart while I was wearing it.. and losing it!)

I’m happy with it! Now, I just need to find a friendly photographer to do a Tuomas-inspired photoshoot!  Of course, when I went to go see Nightwish in Seattle and Portland in October, I wore the necklace!

“rosary ankh”

N.B. Any comments about religion/spirituality will be deleted.

Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White is one of my favorite fairy tales (and beauty idol – take that Linda!) so I was curious upon first hearing that Kristin Stewart (Twilight) was up against Emily Browning (from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events) for the title role in a new movie called Snow White and the Huntsman.

Well, I just caught the trailer the other day, and it looks like Kristin won the role. Charlize Theron as the queen is an interesting choice too. Honestly, I can’t say either would be box office draws for me personally, though the movie does look lush and beautiful in the trailer, and is produced by the same guy who did Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. The movie is set to come out June 1, 2012 (and it’s apparently going to be another trilogy…) – here’s hoping that as time progresses some new costume photos will be released… (though with two male leads, two female leads, and a plethora of battle scenes, I have the feeling that this might NOT be a costumer’s dream… despite the work of Colleen Atwood.)  Just judging by the trailer alone, I don’t see the purpose of this being a trilogy, but who knows what might happen between now and June 1.  (Ei: is perhaps the footage available now only a teaser, and not really representative of the movie in general?)

Female costume run down, just from the trailer:

Golden dress, White gown, Fur coat. Click for larger version

Queen: Gold dress

Seen when sucking the life-force from the woman at 0:23, talking to her mirror 0:53,

The dress is gold, and looks like a vaguely leather-look-pattern – probably a heat-set textured fabric.  The gown has a square neckline, also in gold, with thin, sheer ribbon on the inside.  The gold neckline looks somewhat like velvet, or perhaps a sheer gold over another solid gold fabric; something with dimension.  There’s a diamond pattern (cut velvet? small beads?)  The sheer fabric seems to be pleated, and there’s a line of small beads running between the ‘velvet’ and the sheer.  The center of the length of the ribbon is beaded. She wears large tapered oval earrings that dangle, a choker necklace and a long pendant necklace.  The gown appears to be fairly straight cut in the skirt, but perhaps princess seamed, because the scale pattern is a bit distorted over the breast.  In a full-length side view it shows she also has a long cloak on, likely something that originates from the shoulder seam, since there isn’t any separate front to the cloak in the front view.

Queen: White medieval gown

Seen when she’s stabbing someone in bed at 0:35

White crinkled dress with a cinched waist and long sleeves.  The sleeves are tight at the bicep, and then exceptionally full below, hanging down, kimono-style. She wears a thin crown/tiara, and the bodice appears to be heavily embroidered with gold.  This costume looks really interesting – though I’m curious to see more of what the front bodice area looks like!

Queen: Fur coat

Shown in the forest at 1:14

Medium brown fur coat with long sleeves, high collar.  Appears to perhaps be floor length from an overhead shot.  Nothing too special so far…

Throne gown and Golden Shatter dress. Click for larger version

Queen: Throne gown

Seen first when she’s talking to the huntsman at 1:18

Off-the-shoulder black and gold gown with a very deep V-front plastron.  V appears to be metallic brocade, with a line of black and white trim down center-front.  Possibly a black ribbon with light (silver, light gold) embellishments.  Neckline has a wide trim, in black, tan/gold, and white.. with what looks to be bird skulls pointing upwards.  Sleeve tops (to bicep) appear to be black feathers or fur, very tight laced to wrist in gold with gold beading.  Also wearing crown with draped headdress. At 1:19 there’s a further shot out, and it appears to be a split skirt with two shades of black (or perhaps black on the sides and a super-dark burgundy in the middle). The black on the sides gives the impression perhaps it is tulle, but it’s too wide of a shot to really see any detail.

Queen: Golden Shattered dress

First seen in the trailer at 1:20 when the mirror shatters and she’s screaming.

Tightly fitted gold gown with long sleeves.  The sleeve ‘cuffs’ are pointed as well.  It has a somewhat low v-neckline, and the fabric is heavily textured (corded?) gold with gold trim.  Kind of like a heavy embroidered lace effect, but on a larger scale.  She’s wearing a large square medallion (on point) and a huge golden ring.

Queen: Black raven cloak

First seen in the trailer at 1:35

An impressive and memorable costume, with a huge black feather-covered standing collar that is almost as tall as the actress’ head.  In a split-second scene, the cloak transforms to smoke, and then ravens, taking the queen with it/them, but if you are super-quick with the pause button it appears that this is worn over a gold long, reasonably straight dress.  I am guessing it’s worn over the Golden Shattered dress.

Snow White: Red forest dress

First seen at 0:56 as she’s walking through the forest

In the first shot, done in silhouette, it’s a short dress (knee length) worn with tall boots.  It has a tapered waist, somewhat full skirt, and puffed short (bicep-length) sleeves. One second later we can see it’s red (possibly shot with black?) with a gold (matte, not shiny) neckline.

Two shots of the "classic" Snow White dress

Snow White: Classic/Chase Scene

First seen at 1:05 when she appears to be being chased through a foggy forest, 1:10 where she appears to be being chased through a green field, 1:16 where she’s trudging (likely being chased) through an underwater tunnelAlso at 1:22 where she’s being chased on horseback & 1:24 where she’s eaten the poison apple.

I’m calling this the “classic” Snow White costume, because it seems most like the typical ‘Disney’ costume.  However most of her screen time in this trailer involves her being chased.  (Ah Bella, always the victi…. oh, wait, this is a different character.  You can tell because her hair is darker. ….)

She wears a long, full (golden? ivory?) skirt in what looks like a plain, matte fabric, a bodice that (from the very dark view) looks like the same bodice as from the Red Forest Dress with the short puffed (and possibly panned) sleeves,  and then white ballerina-length sleeves under it with a inverted V shape cut at the “cuff” trimmed in something shiny (Satin? beads? trim?).  From the later (brighter, but VERY quick) scene, it looks as though the sleeves are panned, have some gold trim on them perhaps, and the sleeves aren’t attached at the underarm – the white undershirt is visible.

Later in the trailer (at 1:22 where she’s being chased on horseback) the white is a lot darker, and is now a medium grey.  Perhaps this is after going through mud or something, or just the on-screen colour… In this shot we can see that the bodice has ‘tails’ and is split at the sides (to allow for horseback riding no doubt!), and there’s a center-front opening (or decoration) in white.  There are obviously panned sleeves in this one, and tiny golden decorations on the sleeves (likely small beads).   I’d be guessing the red material is velveteen or something like that.

Finally at 1:24 there’s a GOOD shot of the dress, showing the sleeves are indeed paned (though there’s no visible golden beading), the white undershirt has a square collar like the red bodice and is trimmed with a narrow lace at the neckline, the center-front of the bodice is open and laced closed (exposing the white undershirt) and the long white sleeves appear to have cuffs, possibly trimmed with the same narrow lace.  However, as that scene pans out and above, it appears that she’s wearing black leggings and tall black boots – no skirt at all.

Snow White: Armor

Shown in silhouette, from the back, at 1:00 for the first time. Second shot at 1:33

There isn’t much to say here… I’m not really interested in the armor anyways, so it’s not really an issue. It’s silver, and possibly brown. The shield looks kind of cool, with a bit of a Rivendell-esque tree on the front. There is a solid, plain breastplate and articulated shoulders.  If you want more photos of the armor, Just Jared has some photos from on-set.

Costumes from the official website

On the official website there are a scarce few photos, but a few official photos showing some of the same costumes, and some that are different.

Cropped from the official image. Click for original

Here’s a better photo of the Red Forest dress (or Classic dress?) with the short skirt (really the bodice  is long and split) over a white chemise, black leggings and tall boots.

In this official photo we get a bit more of the outfit – but she also appears to be wearing a brown leather bracer (for archery?) on one arm.  I didn’t spot that in the trailer.  The hem of the chemise also seems to have a wider chunk of lace on it than appeared in the other shots.

Armour - edited from original - click for original

Above is the official photo of the armor – as before, it’s not that interesting to me.

Edited for original, visit website for full version, click for larger version.

Next up, two photos of the  Black Raven Cloak, both showing it actually being a collar of a dress which appears to be made of black reflective triangles.  This is definitely the same collar, but definitely NOT what was in the trailer.  I wonder if perhaps the collar was detachable, and for these publicity photos combining the collar with this dress seemed to better reflect the character than a black cloak?

Edited from original, click for original

The Black Triangle dress (as I’m going to call it!) is pretty impressive, and must have been difficult to move in.  It’s highly structured throughout the bodice, the sleeves are open, with long gothic sheer sleeves underneath.  The tip of the collar seems to have some metallic points on it, and the lighting in the shot above really brings out the ‘oil slick’ colours of the feathers in the collar.

Additional videos and photos

In this video (full of still photos) at 0:40 you can see that the bodice sleeve of the Classic Dress  is only attached at the shoulder, not at the underarm.  This looks pretty silly in this photo, but must have made it much more comfortable to move in.  It also makes it appear that there are two undersleeves, a fitted white one, and a more open grey one. At 0:28 and 1:13 this is seen again.  If you look at the different photos of the bodice, it also is clear that the red and white are separate pieces, because the center-front opening shape keeps changing.  From a narrow straight up and down, to a wider one, to a V shape.

Ok.. so back to the whole “Classic Dress” Vs. “Red Forest dress”.  I’ve got even more reason to think that these are two different outfits… or rather, the same red bodice, but a different length to the bodice ‘tails’, and a long skirt.  Compare this on-set shot from SciFiMafia.  There are multiple shots of this same dress, all showing a long red part, and long underskirt.  It’s hard to tell if the red ‘skirt’ is split or not the way the shorter version is, but there’s definitely a long (water-logged in this photo) skirt – which is nothing like the publicity still above as far as anything below the waist….

From SCiFiMafia - click for original article

My guess?  Probably something “happens” to the long dress (long bodice and long skirt) while she’s being chased.  Catches on thorns, gets cut by a sword.. whatever… and that it then “transforms” into the shorter, cuter version.    Just have to wait and see!

There’s definitely a colour-story to this movie though – which is kind of interesting…  if you were making (or just simply could have, if you’re not big into sewing/costuming) one of these outfits/dresses/gowns  – which would it be?  Let me know in the comments below!

Tubular crin

Photo from Sigil on I Kick Shins. Click for original image

A while back a friend was looking for coloured tubular crin (aka tubular horsehair, cyberlox, etc) and although I’ve found black and white through the supplier I use for corsetry goodies, but finding the coloured stuff eluded me.

One person recommended ordering through Cypherlox (30ft bags of regular 3/4 inch crin for $13.99, plus tax & shipping) and another recommended I Kick Shins (15 ft bags of 3/4″ diameter for $7.00 per bag plus tax, shipping). There are loads of colours available, plus stripes, metallics, etc…  Those prices are all US$ though I’m sure… so it’s not Canadian dollars, but still pretty close.

Unfortunately, locally there was nothing to be seen.

Buuuut… the other day I was at Skyline and they had a decent selection of metallic tubular crin in the 8mm size.  I have the sneaking suspicion that they might just have brought it in for the holidays (because they were sort of sitting on the ends of ribbon racks rather than having a rack of their own) which might mean that it might not be there for good… but could also mean that shortly after the holidays it might go on sale? They had:

  • Silver (metallic)
  • Gold (a warm, coppery gold)  (metallic)
  • Yellow (or a bright gold) (metallic)
  • Peacock blue (metallic)
  • Royal purple (metallic)
  • Soft pink (metallic)
  • Dark pink (metallic)
  • … perhaps another colour or two that I overlooked

They were 17.99$ (plus tax) for 30 yards (three sets of 10 yards each) per package in the 8mm size.

The wide and narrow tubular crin packages

Then I was at Michael’s craft store and found the larger size in three colours.  They are calling it “tube ribbon” and it’s with the holiday ribbon and gift-wrapping stuff.  It doesn’t seem to be the same quality though – there are a lot of stray metallic threads on the one I picked up. 😦  It was 13.99$ (plus tax) for a 5 yard package.  (Wow expensive in comparison!) This is the 2cm wide tubular crin, and they had it in:

  • Silver (metallic)
  • Dull gold (metallic)
  • Red (metallic)

I’m betting it will go on sale after the holidays, and they’ve been having some really good pre-holiday sales too -plus you can always use your 40% off coupon.  Still, when I Kick Shins is selling it for less than 50 cents/foot (before taxes and shipping, in US$), more than 2$/foot (before taxes) seems pretty expensive!

As an aside, they also had matching sinamay and fabric ribbon bows, so there could be some interesting gifts being wrapped up.  I picked up some red sinamay while I was there though… in anticipation of the advanced millinery class in the spring!

So, if you’re looking for tubular crin locally here in Calgary – take a look at those two places!