Thursday I am Leaving for Snow Whites ‘An Enchanted Affaire’.
I wanted to share a teaser of my cloche for the globe swap Im in.
My theme for the cloche was “The Spell”. I was inspired by a painting I had purchased from the gallery at Disneyland a few years ago. My cloche includes a spell book, a red apple, a raven (Trivia: which in the story was the Evil Queens only friend and minion she talks to in her dungeons laboratory where she casts spells), a glass bottle of poison and a skeleton head.
I hand stoned a fake apple with red Swarovski crystals which took over 300 stones and 14hrs. Then I dipped it in resin to hold the stones on better not knowing it was going to dry more amazing than I had thought. I added a real apple stem and a cut out leave that I glittered.
I took a small book and had my husband cut it down to size to fit in the cloche with a skill saw because it was so thick. It took 5 cuts to get it perfect. I wanted a real book to look authentic. I modge podged each page one by one. Then I added a piece of vintage german newspaper to a couple pages that could be seen because the fonts were very gothic. I then printed the recipe for the poison apple on vintage music sheet paper. I covered the back of the book with a decorative piece of paper and used black leather on the binding. The last thing was I distressed the heck out of it to give it an old musty look.
I found a 3” size raven that I put black Swarovski crystal in his eyes so they would sparkle.
I used a very small cork glass bottle and mixed cherry food extract with maple extract to get the perfect red.
I again put black Swarovski crystal in the eyes as well.
I used green moss inside the cloche to cover the bottom of the wood base. I Printed out “An Enchanted Affaire” on fabric then tea stained it to make a banner. I decorated the outside of the cloche with a beautiful bow from vintage black velvet ribbon from the 1920’s. I used a vintage glass hobnail cake plate for the base and cloche to sit atop for display.
‘It’s A Wrap’
I always get carried away with my gift wrapping. I try to do the same theme as the gift. So for this, I found an old apple picking basket that I put burlap on the bottom and covered it with fresh red apples that can be seen up to the cake plate. Then put burlap over the top of the cloche and tied a piece of string around the top and added a tag that is the feature design for the event. This is a white elephant swap so theres no name on the tag and no one knows who’s is who’s.
I hope who ever ends up with it appreciates it as much as the time and effort I put into it.