Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Tale of two Tin-types

Last Sunday the Social Daunce Irregulars in conjunction with Los Encinos State Historic Park put on an event called a Victorian Day in the Park. Frolics were had, a little dancing was done (less than anticipated because of the heat) and pictures were made. I've had my picture made in the wet plate process before and have had great results. But take a look at the variability of this process.
I love the first picture, I think the bustle dress looks great, but wha' happened to the contrast? I wore the dress on purpose because of the bright pink embroidery on the white background. This kind of process is very sensitive to contrast. Maybe standing in front of a white wall wasn't the best idea, they had set up early or I would have suggested something else as a backdrop. Here's the dress in real life.
I'm stumped, maybe it was the fact that I was glistening from the humidity, a rare thing in my part of So. Ca. I will try it again. They can do better!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Altruistic Hat

Well, things have been siren inducing fun. I have had all my attention in a familial direction and just needed a fun, mindless and satisfying project. My friend Athene has wanted a new hat and I was gifted (yes a verb) with this great straw hat.
Shape is meh, but straw is great!
I give it a little bath and reshaped it so-
Hot, hot water and persuasion, also helpful water and glue mixture. 50/50 Aleene's glue and water in a spray bottle will show it you are the boss of it! I spray it on after I like the shape, as sizing.
Another view, I love the 'flower pot" shape, I'm a little obsessy.

Just add ribbon and flowers.

It practically makes itself and one can feel good about selflessness.

Just keep adding ribbon loops and flower stems until you achieve picnic ready lightness. Not having the concentration for any kind of sewing,  this scratched the creative itch and pretty topper!

I love a straw hat and I love to bend them to my will.

I can stop whenever I want. really.
Ever Your Thimble Servant,
Miss Brilliantine