Part one: French bridal crown

I mentioned a few posts ago that I’m working on a new project, for which all the pieces aren’t assembled yet. I’m trying to recreate a French Globe de Mariee, and the bridal crown displayed in it. Here are a couple examples of the real thing. The antique bridal crowns (usually made of wax berries, cloth leaves, and a ribbon) rest on a velvet pillow above which arches a symbolic ormolu wreath (all the birds, leaves, mirrors, etc. have special meanings). It’s all protected by a glass cloche. I’m utterly fascinated by these beautiful things!

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So, I’ve started with the bridal crown, fashioning it out of some vintage millinery supplies and bits from my jewelry making stash, along with coffee-stained satin ribbons. It all started with a wrecked candle wreath of berries I found at a thrift store. I added to it and aged things as I went along. What do you think?

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The next step is creating the little velvet pillow. I have to find a lacy candle holder for the bottom of the pillow (thrift stores here I come), but I have the vintage velvet and all the gilded metal stampings for the wreath gathered—many of these vintage stampings I purchased in a Paris flea market a few years ago, so they will be right at home! I’ll post when I get the little cushion done.


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  1. Pingback: DIY: Globe de Mariee | Gustav and Gayle

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