I got a sweet note from my newly minted overseas pal The Fashion Turd, so it’s safe to post about what I sent her:
The Turd received a custom created, larger than life, bird talon hair stick! Based on photos from her blog, she’s got a head full of colorful locks, which made the job fun to the power of awesome because 1) dread locks are thick and strong, and therefore can hold pieces with a bit of heft, and 2)someone who deliberately works their hair into this style is most likely open to wearing items that are less than conventional.
That said, I felt free to go bonkers. I started with the talons of a very large chicken (sourced from one of my farmer friends) clutching a chunk of electro-formed copper with a crystal embedded in it. Once this was mounted on the hair stick, I embellished the base with dyed deer tail, rabbit fur and pheasant feathers. I felt free to get as far out as my heart could carry me, knowing this gifteewould appreciate the outlandishness of it all.
Due to the size and weight of the claw end of the stick, some balance was needed both for aesthetic and functional purposes.
This was achieved by running a large link chain from the top, to a cap which would attach to the bottom, so the stick could be worn securely like so:
I’m sure she’ll make it look even better than I am in this photo. Now that it’s in her little paws, I am excited to see how she wears it. I imagine it could even serve as a unique sweater/kilt/cape/shawl closure clasp, not to mention sharp pointy self-defense mechanism for those late night crawls home from the bar, er…pub. Mind the gap, ye!
ps: I don’t mention it in every post but it should pretty much be assumed that all product shots seen on this blog, as well as on my etsy and website, are done by my on site photographer and husband, Jim Coughlin. He also is a musician and painter; check out his stuff here: SnapBlamSplat
Up next: a client update or two
Coming soon on the 20 for 20 project: girl hunters, drag queens and another fashion dragon from the UK!