Positioned above the "title" of the project - it's perfect!
They didn't have swarovski crystals 33 years ago. It they had - this gown would have cost me a fortune. As it is, I hand set over 100 crystals throughout the collage.
I embedded tiny crystals in the leaves - 3 per leaf. The lt blue pearls were on the original dress.
The buttons that were on the sleeve cuffs - across the top of the bodice. I think you can follow where the bodice was...and where the filler is now.
I made several silk roses.....just to get the right size for the bottom corners. Had forgotten how beautiful silk roses are.
And then I remembered the pattern to make these roses and put them on the top corners, to anchor the 5 strands of silk ribbons coming down each side. Of course, there's a wooden dowel stitched into the top back to keep the center top from sagging. Part of "engineering" a piece like this.
When you put all the pieces together, it looks like this hanging on the wall. I do think I will have it framed in a shadow box.....but for now, my wedding collage is done. Click on any of the images to enlarge them.
Original gown took 3 months to create at the cost of about $200.00
Today's wedding collage took parts of 6 days and an additional $150.00
Preserving memories in a creative way.......PRICELESS!!!