Tidy up your room, I said, handing my son a large paper bag for him to put all toys he did no longer wanted to keep in. Two hours later, he come to me, smiling and saying that he is done. We go to his room and he shows me the bag. There is one broken toy car in the bag. That’s it. By the look on his face, I can tell that he is very well aware that I am not very please with the result, but there is something else there, too. I can sense that he has something up his sleeve. Whit the most adorable smile, he looks at me and says:
“Mum, this is for you. He only got one leg, but he is too pretty to throw away! Put him on one of your bras!”
How could I ever resist such an adorable challenge? I gave my son an ice cream, and looked at the little fellow in my hand. A bra? I really didn’t feel it. This creature needs a habitat.
A few days later, I cut my son’s worn out jeans to create the base for the fascinator. Adding a multitude of mainly duck and pheasant feathers, I wanted to create the right back ground for baby T-rex.
That done, it was time to create the habitat. Where did dinos live? I needed rocks, sky, vegetation.
It took me quite some time to search through my treasury of vintage buttons and beads to find pieces that made me think of a pre historic nature. I placed them, rearranged them, removed and added until I had the basic shape the way I wanted it. Since baby T-rex was missing a leg, I wanted to make it look like he was standing on a rock.
I glued the main pieces in place, and then started sewing. I wanted it to be more rocky and earthy in the bottom, with flowers and a tree growing up along one side and over the dino, with the blue sky behind him.
To make the whole piece sparkle, coz we do want sparkles, I created the impression of sky, leaves and some branches with Swarovski crystals. To make it even more eye catching, I decided to turn the tree into a weeping willow like type, so the dangling branches would follow the movement of the person wearing this piece, turning it into a piece of fun, wearable art.
To finish it, I glued and fastened baby T-rex with thread, then lined the fascinator with another layer of my son’s jeans and added alligator clips.
I named this fascinator the Jurassic Hide n’ Seek hair ornament.
Only one thing missing, to present to you the finished FireBirdFusion Creative Challenge of July 2017: The Jurassic Hid n’ Seek hair ornament