A set of headpiece-and-mask you can style in many different ways. Please scroll down to see a few different ways I styled this 2-piece set.
(In case you are wondering, you – or your model – can see through this mask)
This is the first unit of the 2-piece set. It can be worn either as a mask or as a hat.
You – or your model – can also wear it as a hat with a half-face mask like this:
The “mask” or the first unit of the set can also be worn as a neck piece . . .either by itself or on top of a simple top or dress.
The crown or the second unit of the piece can be worn on the middle or on either side of the head. It fastens with a heavy-duty but soft elastic strap.
Because the front side and the back side of the crown do not look identical, this crown can be worn in 6 different ways.
Here are some other ways you can style the set.
[Note: The pieces you see below are the first samples of the design. The current version look much smoother than the sample. Please scroll down to see the comparison between the first sample and its current version]
Here are the comparisons between the first sample and the current version.
The mask consists of 5 separate origami units, and each origami unit is hand-stitched onto the other units.
In order to make sure the stitches won’t unravel for many years to come, I stitched each part using the use the thickest and strongest upholstery thread I could find.
Because of the extensive work involved, (at this moment) the two-piece set retails for $850. But, you can rent it from Dream Shoot Rentals for $75. And, right now, you can get a 10% discount on your first order).
The piece is currently out of stock. So, please bookmark the page and check back in a few weeks.
Oh, by the way, you can see a similar headpiece in the 29th issue of Dark Beauty Magazine.
This piece can also be worn in several different ways.
This one is also the first sample of the design. The current version is also seamless-looking (like the one seen on the 3rd image above this text).
It consists of 7 hand-stitched origami units, and fastened on the back using millinery grosgrain ribbons.
This one retails for $375 (+shipping) apiece.
(If you’d like to place an order, you can contact me via my Facebook Page)
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I haven’t shared anything on Instagram for a few days because I’m not allowed to show the photos of the projects I’d been working at just yet. So, please wait till the images are published in two certain magazines in a month or so (-:
Tomorrow, I’m going to start working on my next projects. So, you can expect to see my real-time updates on Instagram again.
Till next Wednesday~
– joyce// Miu Vermillion @ Angelica Brigade
To be outstanding, one needs to be different
And to be different, one needs to embrace his/her uniqueness
Some people might consider certain distinct qualities as weirdness
And so, in order to avoid rejections and humiliation,
One might decide to keep one’s distinct qualities hidden
And thus, stay in obscurity . . .
The same principle applies to artists and designers . . .
In order to succeed, artists and designers need to offer something new and different
At the same time,
To make a living,
Some artists and designers might decide
to create the things they believe their customers want to buy
They offer watered-down versions of their aesthetics or ideas
Some of them might even decide to create things they don’t even like
There can’t be any joy in that . . .
But, what if people don’t want to buy our works?
All of us need to make a living.
So, what should we do?
I don’t claim to know all the answers
But, I know for sure that in order to succeed, we need to be memorable
If we don’t stand out from the crowd, we’ll be absolutely forgettable
And, if no one remembers us, no one will look for us and buy our works
And, so . . . take that risk
Be different, and shine
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter was rejected by 12 different publishers before Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury agreed to publish it.
Stephen King’s first book – Carrie – was rejected 30 times!!!
Walt Disney was rejected 302 times before he finally could get some fund to build his Disney World
At the same time,
Know that if we do our best and hold onto our distinctness, we’ll have a MUCH bigger chance to succeed
-joyce @ Angelica Brigade
This week in a nutshell~
My new designs, current work in progress, less successful experiments, and company related updates~
I’ve also been organizing a high fashion photo shoot collaboration … and collaborating with several artisans to create intricate headpieces / hair accessories at lower price points.
How do you like it?
Personally, I love its shabby chic & vintage-inspired, even slightly Victorian vibe.
I blocked/molded its base so it will follow the contour of the wearer’s head. Large pieces with flat/unblocked/unmolded bases tend to flap around, show their backings & clips, and look unnaturally stiff when you wear them …
This piece isn’t 100% handmade by me … It’s a composite of several machine-made parts, some components that are created by the artisans I collaborate with, and some of my own work.
Pieces like this will retail around $75. There will be many, many more.
Stay tuned for updates~
Or follow me on Instagram for real time updates :)
Here is the second beaded piece I entered to Fire Mountain Gem‘s Seed Beads Contest.
Actually, I created the piece for an editorial photo shoot. [ You can read more about it here ]
It is inspired by the glamorous accessories people wore in 1920s in general . . . and Daisy Buchanan (of the Great Gatsby) in particular.
I call this (stylized) leaf-shaped hair adornment Ceaseless Ardor . . .
It embodies Jay Gatsby’s eternally unrequited infatuation towards Daisy Buchanan . . . Many years has gone by, but his idolization remains strong and unchanging. Whenever I reflect upon that aspect of the tragic story, the word evergreen pops up in my mind.
Evergreen . . .
That’s how Jay Gatsby sees her
Eternally beautiful, graceful, and glamorous.
Evergreen . . .
That’s what she will always be remembered as
The object of Jay Gatsby’s eternal adoration.
And . . .
That’s the how Jay Gatsby’s feeling towards her will remain . . .
Everlasting . . . undying . . . amaranthine . . .
And, so . . . when I was asked to create a Great-Gatsby-inspired bridal accessory, I couldn’t find a better design to represent Daisy Buchanan than an evergreen-leaf.
Plus, I believe that this is a headpiece Daisy herself would’ve wanted (or considered) to wear.
I also made the headpiece as sparkly and opulent as I possibly could. To do it, I used nothing but sterling silver beads, silver-lined bugle beads, gleaming Swarovski crystal pearls, extremely shiny fire polished beads, and 24k gold plated beads to embellish the piece.
With that basic idea in mind, this is how I created the headpiece.
It’s important to make sure that the piece will look nice when someone’s wearing it . . . and that it’s neither too small or too large
Using beads, I “drew” the outline of the design.
I call this step “drawing with beads” . . .
Covering the beading foundation with beads . . . making sure that the beading foundation is completely covered, and that the yarn doesn’t show up at all.
I have a thing for dimensional and textured beadworks. So, I used different kinds of beads in several different sizes to create the effect.
I call this step “coloring and shading the design” . . .
Blocking (or shaping) the headpiece usinga traditional millinery hatblock.
That way, it will perch beautifully on top of the wearer’s hair.
See how it curves?
Heat-treating the edges of the ultrasuede so none of its parts will unravel.
I basically melted the edges of the ultrasuede with candle flame.
Beading the edges of the beadwork and the ultrasuede to connect those two parts into one seamless piece.
Creating the straps/headbands
Yep . . . this part isn’t made using a pre-made chain . . . it’s constructed one link at a time . . .
Phew . . . what a long post!
I guess I better show you the third piece I entered into the contest – and its design process – another time :O
Next Saturday: The third design I entered into Fire Mountain Gem’s Seed Beads contest
Want to see what I’m making right now? Find me on Instagram. My user name is AngelicaBrigade.
You can also see my current work in progress and other behind-the-scenes activities here.
Have a wonderful weekend, you guys!!!
-joyce of Angelica Brigade
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Update (1/13/2014): You can find the list of all of the materials I used to create the headpiece here
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That’s the title of my newest piece. What a mouthful, right?!
To be honest, I don’t think I’m going to win. The design isn’t very mainstream and the concept behind it is a bit bleak. But, I ended up owning something I’d want to wear very often, so it’s all good.
I enter contests – even the ones I don’t think I’ll ever win – to challenge myself. And usually, I gain new skills and come up with some things I consider groundbreaking. In this case, they are:
This piece is inspired by many women’s and girl’s hopes and dreams, and their efforts to reach them and the beauty of imperfection
Many women want to be slim and beautiful.
We fix our teeth, wear make-up, accessorize ourselves, and some of us even go through numerous procedures (ranging from getting eyelashes extension, botox injections, to cosmetic surgeries). Some of us even develop eating disorder(s) and exercise addiction.
Some women have more resources and determination than the others. But, many of us do try. This can lead to never-ending strives. People cannot stay young and beautiful forever.
In the end, we need to accept that there are some things we can’t change and do our best with what we have.
So morose? LOL!!!
Well, just so you know, the other two designs I entered into the contest are on the frivolous side. I will write more about them next week.
I feature and use all of the characteristics of each material I incorporate (even the ones other people might consider as negative attributes) to advantage.
In this instance, for example: Galvanized beads.
Some people dislike the fact that the plating of galvanized beads cannot last forever. I, on the other hand, rubbed the plating of some of the beads off before I sprayed them with clear acrylic spray. It gives the piece more texture and makes it look more dimensional. Also, the slightly distressed look of the beads amplify the mood of the piece . . . the beauty of imperfection and the ephemerality of all things.
I also challenge myself by not relying on cabochon(s) to anchor my design. I could’ve used Swarovski rivolis for the eyes . . . and if I did it, I could’ve finished creating the piece a few hours faster. Instead, I choose to “draw, color, and shade” my designs using nothing but beads.
Actually, I planned to put some chainmaille links onto this design. That way, this piece will contain every single thing I specialize on. That’s the very reason I put a silk flower on it. But, I was running out of time & none of the combinations I tried look nice on it. So, I decided to nix the idea.
By the way, I love the butterfly wing the skull is wearing as a headpiece. I’m thinking about creating similar hair accessory (minus the skull) sometime this month.
To me, the most important step in designing a headpiece is making sure that it will look nice on someone’s hair. I had to change the proportion and the silhouette of the piece a few times before it looks just right.
Then, the beading process begins.
One bead at a time . . .
As always, I prefer to “draw” the outline of the piece by back-stitching each bead to create the shape.
I tried a more conventional beading technique before (gluing cabochons —> beading around the cabochons —> cutting the beading foundation —> beading the edges) . . . but, that technique doesn’t work so well for me. May be it’s because I don’t really use cabochons. But not just that, I want to go beyond beading things in radial pattern.
After I was done beading the piece, I bonded it – using hot-melt adhesive – onto high quality ultrasuede … and beaded the part where the beadwork meets with ultrasuede to make the piece more seamless :)
Because the silk rose covers the pretty butterfly the skull is wearing as a headpiece, I decided to make the flower a bit smaller.
And, the number of hours I spent to create this headpiece is . . . 60 hours. The first attempt in bringing an imaginary accessory into reality takes time because I still need to figure out how I can create certain shapes or effects using the materials that are available to me. It involves a few trials and errors. I can reproduce this piece in less time. Say . . . 45 or 50 hours :D
Next Saturday: The other designs I entered into Fire Mountain Gem’s Seedbead contest
That’s it for now, guys!!!
Have a terrific weekend.
It took me a while to make sure that this headpiece to look good when seen from & worn at many different angles
My method? I constructed the piece on top of a canvas head.
Here’s a high resolution closeup of the headpiece
I still take all the photographs using my iPhone 4,
Use natural sunlight
Rely on my one & only $100 plastic mannequin to model my pieces
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So many people (even some fellow Etsy sellers) asked me where I got my mannequins …
(They seem to think that I own more than one mannequin)
I actually got my mannequin from a liquidated store.
This is how “she” used to look like:
I used COPIC Markers (not in these exact colors) to contour her cheeks and to make her eye makeup more dramatic
Because the markers are alcohol-based, I used alcohol swabs to blend the colors and to erase some mistakes (hey, it was my first attempt after all)
Then, I glued 3 layers of false eyelashes on “her” top eyelids …
Since wigs can look very plastic, shiny, & fake on photographs, I powdered the wigs I bought for my mannequin with talcum powder. And to make the wigs look more natural, I made them look less perfect by brushing them [not-so-gently] with my synthetic circle hair brush.
Some of the synthetic hair broke & got stuck on the brush, but the acquired imperfections cause the wigs to look much more like humans’ hair.
See … there’s nothing good make-up & good haircut cannot fix.
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Now … let’s talk about the photographing process
I took most of my product pictures against a white 3 and 1/2 feet (or approx. 1 meter) wall behind my house.
Most of the time, I only use her torso, arms, & head and keep her lower limb in my garage.
I like to take the pictures when the sun is shines quite brightly (but not too brightly) & when the sunlight falls at an angle. I usually do a light check using my iPhone 4’s screen. If the sunlight doesn’t cast too much shadow & if the colors of my mannequin & my handmade items are not too distorted, then I know that it’s a good time for me to take the photographs.
>>> The key is to ignore what’s right in front of you & focus only on the image you seen on your iPhone’s screen. If you use a digital camera, rely on your digital camera’s screen or viewfinder instead <<<
Then, use the screen to find the mannequin’s best angles. Ignore the mannequin itself, and only look at the screen and keep on moving till I find good angles to shoot the mannequin from.
To take this type of photograph, I lay a white foam board on the ground, at the spots where I get adequate sunlight. I use my iPhone’s screen to find the best spots & the best times to take the photographs (again, not too much shadow, no significant color distortion you can’t fix with simple photo-editing software)
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To take this picture, I laid a foam board on top of a small table, & pose my mannequin on top of them.
And, to take this picture, I laid a faux-fur throw on top of the same table.
Then, I moved my iPhone around till I find great angles to take the pictures from.
Once I arranged the mannequin on top of the table, I did not look at it (not even once!) and when I fix her hair or re-arrange the mannequin, I also rely on my iPhone’s screen to show me how I should do them.
So, what do you think? Wanna give it a try?
If you have any question, please feel free to leave me a comment :)
Here are some of the pieces I made this week:
Here’s am unedited [just watermarked] sneak peek from today’s photo shoot
I’ll upload more pictures & list more items on my Etsy shop ( http://angelicabrigade.etsy.com ) soon
The episode is called “Health Dilemmas Caught on Tape”
More pictures & more information about the show are available in http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2012/10/the-doctors-tv-show-guest-japanese-bagel-head-body-modification-la-carmina-on-cbs-medical-daytime-tv-show/
Style name: Jeanne (d’Arc) v.03
Original design by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade
The sculpture is 100% handmade, hand-painted, and lacquered by me.
The diameter of the headpiece: Approx. 6 1/2” (16.5 cm)
The diameter of the beaded center piece: Approx. 2 1/2” (6.35 cm)
Weight: 64 grams / 2.25 oz. / 0.14 lb.
Materials: Italian silk organza, silver-lined Delica seed beads, silver-plated beads, simulated pearls, polymer clay, silver pigment, high gloss acrylic lacquer, die-cut high quality felt, alligator clip.
Made to order.
I created this headpiece for a magazine photo shoot
Update 04/17/2016: I no longer sell my pieces via Etsy
This is actually a set of three silk floral clips:
I decided not to bond them onto one single hat frame because:
1. If I bond them onto a hat frame, the floral headpiece will look really stiff. I want the flowers to drape softly on top of the wearer’s hair. If I insist on I bonding all the three pieces on top of one single base or hat frame, I will need to mold and custom fit the hat frame to match the wearer’s head. If the wearer wants to wear this with her hair up, the hat base will need to be modified. And if the wearer changes her mind and wants to wear this with her hair down, she won’t be able to do it because there will be a big gaping space between the flowers and her hair.
2. I want the wearer to feel comfortable wearing the headpiece. I want her to be able to roam free, dance, even perhaps jump and run around if she wants to. She won’t feel very comfortable if she feels that her hair fascinator/headpiece is tugging on her hair … she can’t have a great time if she fears that her headpiece is going to slide off of her hair. Elastic band can loose its elasticity or even break. And personally, I don’t really like to wear Alice Band / headband either because it gives me a headache. Plus, it tends to slide off of my head. So —> I decided to device this multiple-clips system . It distribute the weight of the headpiece to different parts of the hair. And since these pieces are so featherweight, you won’t really feel like you are wearing them.
For more details about this piece, please visit this link >>> https://www.etsy.com/listing/103962253/
If you have any question, please feel free to contact me at angelicabrigade [ a t ] g m a i l . c o m
Or you can send me a Facebook message. My Facebook page’s address is http://www.facebook.com/AngelicaBrigade
But if you have a quick question and want a rapid answer, you can contact me via Twitter ( http://www.twitter.com/#!/AngelicaBrigade )
Style name: Emme. Original design by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade.
– The base’s diameter: Approx. 5″ (12.75 cm)
– Overall height: Approx. 2.5″ (6.5 cm)
– The roses’ diameter: Approx. 2″ (5 cm)
– The flower’s height: Approx. 1.5″ (3.75 cm) tall.
– The braided embellishment’s longest point: Approx. 1.5″ (4 cm) away from the flower.
– The Swarovski Nautilus Fancy Stone: 1 1/8″ x 1″ (3 cm x 2.6 cm)
Materials: Italian silk organza, Swarovski Nautilus Fancy Stone (4196) in Light Colorado Topaz color, die-cut felt base, and alligator clip.
Original designs by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade
All rights reserved.
La Carmina wore Angelica Brigade at Dances of Vice – NYC Valentine’s Day ball! Tons of photos on La Carmina Blog. Feel free to Like / Share / Tweet!
~The Broken Doll Mixed-Media Fascinator – available upon request ~
To see more pictures of this item, please visit:
Teardrop-shaped Silk Fascinator Clip in Peacock Blue
Available in http://angelicabrigade.etsy.com
Also seen on Yukiro Dravarious at Houghton New York Fashion Week Afterparty
Check out the full post & photos at La Carmina blog: http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2012/02/houghton-new-york-fashion-week-afterparty-nyfw-tribeca-grand-parties-meinto-local-designer-clothing-online-store/
Attached onto the Captive Zen Chain Maille Lariat I made & wrote about a while ago in https://angelicabrigade.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/extra-long-chainmaille-lariat/
I’m not sure whether I can call this piece a cocktail hat
I made this headpiece when I was running out of hat frame. This is how the bottom of the headpiece looks like.
I ended up liking this headpiece a lot.
I love its softer look
Plus, I can clip it on in any angle I like. Since the base made out of fabric, it’s flexible, somewhat re-shapeable, and very light(weight)
Since then, I’ve constructed many headpieces using this very same technique
(an original design by joyz*k from Angelica Brigade, all rights reserved)
This is how my original Vespera hair fascinator like
And, this … is how its modified version looks like
***I created the modified version of the hair fascinator for a specific individual in mind … you’ll find out who it is in a few weeks …***
I will upload more pictures of my recent works very soon
In the meantime, to see my ‘portfolio’, please visit my Facebook page : http://www.facebook.com/AngelicaBrigade
And to know what I’m up to:
http://www.twitter.com/AngelicaBrigade (AB related tweets)
http://www.twitter.com/k_joyz (my personal tweets)
La Carmina (http://www.lacarmina.com) wore a handmade hair accessory I made for her at a big fashion event in Italy (Firenze4Ever 4th edition). Clearer pictures will be available around March.
La Carmina is a blogger, author, journalist, TV host, fashion designer and cool hunter. She’s a brilliant young woman who was accepted into Yale Law School at age 20 & graduated with a J.D. She also is a travel & pop journalist for CNN, Huffingto, AOL, and Lip Service.
Be sure to check her site out (http://www.lacarmina.com) especially the videos. My current favorites are:
1. The one in she co-hosted with Andrew Zimmern: Bizzare Foods (Travel Channel)
2. The one for Canal+ France (yes, she speaks French)
3. Weird Wisconsin
Now, about the hair accessory
I baked the polymer clay face myself, then torched it, and speckled it with silver paint
Then I hand-beaded the piece, stitched the Swarovski crystal pearls and some additional beads, before I attached it onto the multiple layers of silk organza fabrics with carefully burned edges.