I mentioned yesterday about DDB Share - where we made (at my workplace) something to auction off to raise money for a local charity. My friend and colleague had a cool idea, but did not know how to execute it so she enlisted my help. She wanted to attach a vintage reproduction barbie head to a vintage fur collar. At first she mentioned attaching it as a cameo, I told her we could hack the barbie head in half to get that profile look - no she did not want to wreck her hair. So then we discussed dangling it - but I disliked that idea.
Here is my process and the finished project. It raised a decent amount of money to.
I did not cut her head in half, but with Mr Hunters pliers, I shoved four needles through her head. I used doubled over thread and threaded a needle on each end x 2 hence the 4 needles. Once I got the four needles through her head, I pulled them as tight as I could and then knotted the threads on the back.
The bead was tricky, I had to squeeze her head to get the needle through without poking her face. I ended up having to take three threads doubled over in one needle to get the strength to not break. I bent a needle - but I really like the finished look of this fabulous bead.
Next came the pearls and the sunglasses.
I do not have a picture of how I finished the inside - it was beautiful. I took a black ribbon my friend bought and hand stitched it onto the back to cover all the knots. Because of the curve of the collar, I had to pleat the ribbon. I was amazed at how good the back turned out. The front was cool and different, but the ribbon was beautiful and elegant.
All and all, I had a blast making this for my friend.
What do you think of it? Scary? Cool? Crazy?? I can tell you this - it raised a heck of a lot more money then my iPad cover! In fact, all of the crazy out there things are what brought in the dough.