I'm so excited! I was finally able to see pictures of the White Party that took place in Palm Springs, CA on 4/27/2015. The reason why I'm so excited is that the organizers of the event contacted me and wanted me to make a tiara for Kelly Osbourne. She was going to be crowned Queen of the party that year, and they wanted a crown that suited her style. Doesn't she look AMAZING!!! I know you can only see the tips of the clock hands through her hair, but I really don't care because her hair looked FANTASTIC so I wouldn't want her to change it for the world! (for more pictures of the event click this link).
I have the best clients in the whole world. The amazing lady who bought the tiara in my last post just sent me a link of her wearing it. She is a cosplayer as well as a makeup artist. And this is a picture of her in the most amazing re-imaging of Ursula from The Little Mermaid. Doesn't she look STUNNING! And I love her little stuffed Flotsam or Jetsam eel that she has draped across her shoulders. So lovely and so very creative. Here is a link to her instagram page so you can see more of her amazing images ... http://instagram.com/dorkdujour
I was looking through some old pictures of mine from 2010 and ran across this gem. At the time a very good customer of mine bought this choker, and was sweet enough to loan it to a friend of hers. That friend happened to be the gorgeous model Adrian Louise's and wore it for this photo shoot. It looks so pretty on her. I just love seeing what other people can do with the things I make.
I was looking through some old pictures of mine from 2010 and ran across this gem. This has to be my favorite couple on the planet. They were both amazingly talented models at the time among other things, and were sweet enough to show me the pictures from the photo shoot they took with the choker they purchased from me. Don't they look adorable together. I just love the persona's they have made for themselves!
A year ago the ladies of STEAMED! blog were kind enough to allow me to be a guest blogger. I wrote this article on my love for tiaras, and then got caught up in something else and completely forgot about it. For posterity sake I reprint it here so that I might never forget it again.
A love affair with tiaras April 3, 2011 by suzannelazear Today’s guest is Edanna of EJP Creations, makers of clockhand jewlery, including, my favorite, tiaras. I own a bunch of her stuff. (The gold tiara is mine.)
EJP Creations specializes in tiaras, chokers, earrings, necklaces, fascinators, and hair combs with a noir, and gothic flair. Creating body adornments with a hint of vampire elegance, a dash of Steampunk bravado, and plenty of Neo-Victorian sensibilities. Perfect for prowling the streets, haunting the clubs, or adding an aristocratic air to any outfit.
A little about my love affair with Tiaras…
by Edanna of EJP Creations
I still vividly remember the time I saw my very first tiara. It was love at first sight. I was probably 5 years old and flipping though a book of paper dolls of famous women through the centuries. I had looked at this book a thousand times before. Lady Murasaki always intrigued me in her flowing robes. Joan of Arc took my breath away in her gleaming armor. And then of course there was Queen Victoria the pinnacle of womanly grace dripping with elegance. But wait what was that… was something in her hair… and its making her regal features even more aristocratic! It looked like a necklace but was positioned like an angel’s halo. I pondered … What could this thing be?? I ran over to my mother hoping she would tell me what such a lovely and intriguing article was. The word poured from her lips into my ears … T-i-a-r-a. Such a captivating word. I quickly sat cross-legged in front of her eagerly waiting for her to tell me more. She then elaborated on this completely new world of ornamentation. There were Crowns, and bandeaus, diadems, and fascinators, combs, circlets, coronets, and headdresses. All sorts of hair adornments, it made my head spin! As she went on to explain it seemed to me that almost every time period through the centuries had a magical way of adorning the head in such a regal manner. It made me wonder why this wasn’t still in vogue for our time. The 1960′s gave us the last spattering of the tiara, but they were fashioned more like an elaborate headband. I was determined from that moment on. I had a new mission in life sparked by that little paper doll book. It would be my life’s work to pursue that mythical unicorn that is the tiara until its mysteries were mine.
The years passed, and I ended up going to college to study jewelry making, and metal smithing. Surely my questions about these magical circlets would be answered there. Unfortunately, they weren’t I was thwarted at every turn. One teacher even went so far as to laugh at my pursuit because… “no one wears those things anymore” my mind instantly snapped back with, “well maybe they don’t wear them because they aren’t available anymore, you ever thought of that!” It did cross my mind that the reason my teachers were so against them might just be because they couldn’t figure out how to construct one. Tiara’s might look easy to make, but it really does take some skill and engineering. Unlike a necklace they have to withstand much more wear and tear. Also comfort is key, and fitting everyone’s head is not easy. Lastly there is the issue of keeping it in place. Heads are round, floppy things and anchoring a piece of art work on it is not easy. Thus, I embarked on the lonely mission of teaching myself how to make one. There were oh so many late nights at my workbench. Drawing after drawing that were thrown into the trash can after spending hours making a paper mock-up only to have it fail. But then after a few months small successes started to emerge from my toils. And then finally the break though I had been waiting for. Shortly afterwards my first triumph! A finished tiara, victory at last!!! At that point I was so pleased with myself I decided to have a gallery show with nothing but tiaras made of sterling silver sheet and wire. It took me a full year, and a large proportion of my saving to make all of them. They were so well received that all the doubts about my mission melted away.
Graduation from school came soon after, and then the Steampunk movement wrapped me in it’s warm gear lined embrace. Whisking me away on countless adventures then placing me gently on Esty’s front door. After that the real work began. My two and a half year long odyssey of perfecting my neo-Victorian tiara line. Of course I make other pieces of jewelry, but the tiaras always have a special place in my heart. I still get the odd comment here and there such as, “where would you ever wear one?” I just smile and keep walking because I know once you have one there is an understanding that comes over you. Sure you might wear it out to a club or a formal occasion, but the real joy comes when your sitting at home on laundry day wearing your tiara in your jammies eating ice cream on the couch watching “Gaslight” or “My Fair Lady.” That is a joy those people will never know, and it makes me a little sad for them. Also, I must add that those same teachers who thought my passion was shear folly laugh at it no more.
Just packaged up a necklace I finished for the North Fulton Drama Club presentation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Which will be costumed in a Steampunk theme. I wish I lived closer so I could see it in person. I bet it will be AMAZING! Mark your calendar now! NFDC is proud to announce our Spring 2012 production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Opening April 27, 2012!
1893- The World’s Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago … Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 premiers … Prospero, the Duke of Milan, is deposed, exiled and set adrift at sea with his infant daughter, Miranda … and his books …
1909- Ernest Shackleton’s expedition discovers the South Pole … The Grand Isle Hurricane devastates Cuba … Alonso, the King of Naples, shipwrecks with his crew on the shore of a strange, uncharted island …
And this is where our steampunk Tempest begins. Images of the performance can be seen on The North Fulton Drama Club's Flicker stream. Here are a couple other images of my necklace in action. Looks like such a lovely evening.
Offbeat Bride Blog is absolutely my favorite wedding resource on the web. Whenever I am featured there it just makes my day. Last month they ran an article about a hair stick I collaborated on with a bride and her amazing wedding day. So today I was picked with a whole bunch of other amazing hair accessories as their favorites for veil alternatives! EEEeeeeEEeeee so exciting!!!
I was so thrilled to find that one of the hair sticks I made was written up on the offbeat bride blog. This lovely bride contacted me awhile back to collaborate on a hair stick with her for her up coming steampunk wedding. She wanted the stick to made of white clock hands and she would decorate the rest of the piece with feathers in her wedding colors. Here is the link to the post for her amazing wedding.
This lovely lady in New York commissioned this piece to be a part of her stage show. She is a singer/song writer and wanted something very dramatic for her performances. Her idea was to extend the clock hands in one of my hair combs to twice their normal size, and then sprinkle it with all kinds of bling. I was a little skeptical that such a large piece would stay in her hair, but to my surprise once I finished it I realized it was just as sturdy and wearable as the smaller versions. Once it arrived to her home she let me know she loved it, and it was the perfect addition to her costume. In fact she loved it so much she took to waring it around off stage and it has become part of her signature style. This is why I love commission work. I would never have thought to go that direction with a hair comb, and because of her inspiration I did and now it opens up a whole world of design ideas to me.
Just an amazing picture of a necklace and hair comb I made. Such lovely model, and brilliant photography. Thank you SweetDelirium Jewellery for making this possible.
EJPcreations is a mad scientist of a woman specializing in creating tiaras, necklaces, and fascinators, with a noir, and gothic flair. All adornments have a hint of vampire elegance, a dash of Steampunk bravado, and plenty of Neo-Victorian sensibilities.
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