Hello wonderful blog readers,
Today I want to introduce you to a company that I recently came across and bought some items from.
The lady handcrafts various items including jewellery, accessories and elaborate headwear at really good prices. I’d say the items are generally gothic, horror and fantasy themed, rather than being pretty and cute, but her pieces vary depending on where her creativity takes her. I was first drawn to her work when I came across her beautiful medieval inspired cross crowns on etsy.
Like lots of places she ran various discounts and promotions for January, one of which was on custom crowns, so I couldn’t resist any longer and placed an order. I liked the bird skull crowns but they all tended to be on a floral base and I wanted something more gothic and pointy which is why I opted for a custom crown. However whilst trying to decide what to opt for I spotted pretty filigree bats on one of her other crown designs and I love bats, so the bat crown was created.
Other than saying I wanted bats I left all the designing down to her and this is what she produced:
Isn’t it amazing? Also when she first shared the design on her facebook page it went crazy. It’s bats and looks awesome so that’s not really a surprise. She had other people asking about them and so asked if I was ok with her offering it as a design, obviously the point of custom designs is to get something different, but I was totally fine with it as I just wanted a fancy crown. Plus all I did pretty much was say bats, it was all her design and creation, plus I want to help out and support small companies, crafters and artists and seeing how excited and inspired people were is a nice feeling.
So, back to my crown. I purchased a custom crown via etsy on the 25th December 2014. It was at a promotional price of £20 plus £3.20 postage. She had stated that she wouldn’t be making them until the start of the new year which was fine. She messaged me on the 27th Dec to get an idea of what I wanted and after a couple of messages back and forth I received the first images on the 3rd Jan 2015.
After confirming I was happy with the design she said she would get it posted the following day and she also asked about offering it as a design for others to purchase. The crown was posted on the 5th Jan, like she stated, and it arrived on the 6th Jan.
It arrived in a small box which I was slightly scared to open at first as Royal Mail can be so rough with items that I worried it may be damaged but inside it was packed carefully with paper so I don’t think it moved around much at all.
Sorry the images are so dark – it was a really dull day.
The crown seems to be constructed from lots of overlapping fancy filigree metal pieces that I think are possibly glue gunned together and then the bats are at the top. It looks like the pieces have all been gently bent to create the rounded crown shape. It’s all then over painted and two combs have been added at the back so it will sit securely on your head. The crown has a bit of give so you can sit it higher or lower on your head. How strong it is and how well it will wear over time I guess depends on how carefully it’s looked after. It seems well constructed though and is nicely finished, it’s clear she has taken a lot of time on it. There are a couple of tiny areas where the paint is missing or has come off but you barely notice it and the back is neatly done and painted too. Personally I’m very happy with my crown, so much so that I went and purchased a bird skull crown about a week or so later as it was on sale.
Bat Crown Pics:
I’m going to share some photos of my other crown too so you can see what it’s like. This one was ready made so was posted out straight away. The only thing that bothers me about this crown is the ribbon it ties on with. They don’t really work and the tighter you try and pull them the more the knot at the top comes undone. I think I might add combs or at least sew the end of the ribbon around the crown to ensure it doesn’t come undone. Again there are a few tiny bits of paint missing but I can easily touch it up.
Bird Skull Crown Pics:
Purchase the bat crown here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/217140727/bat-crown?ref=shop_home_active_10&ga_search_query=crown
Purchase the jackdaw skull circle crown here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/210104210/jackdaw-skull-circle-crown?ref=shop_home_active_2&ga_search_query=crown