***This ornament is made exclusively with all original 120+ year old materials and is part of very unique and rare listing Our goal was to re-create the whimsical magic of original 1880’s scrap, tinsel, glass, and paper ornaments that we have always fallen in love with but are so hard to find, and make them available to our collectors! (The condition and patina will vary, which this is part of their vintage one-of-a-kind charm and character.)***
SPECIAL FEATURES THIS IS THE RAREST SCRAP IN THE ELVES 25 YEARS OF COLLECTING This incredible large Santa bust was made for a treatment such as this. Often Victorian craftsman created artwork like this so artisans both in the commercial and home-craft markets could add their own paper and fabric to complete the figure by using their imaginations and materials available. Santa had to tell me in his own timing what would look best for his skirt, which meant he on my work table for weeks and I tried trim after trim but did not commit myself until I had it right; not too much, not too little! Over time I culled all my antique cotton batting and dusted it with old glitter. I matched soft silky grey-green Chenille with a Victorian two-tone silk garment remnant complete with tiny cream-colored tassels. I removed Red silk fringe from an 1890’s double-sided postcard, selecting it for it’s lovely goldenrod stitches. I fashioned my own boots from scratch with more fabric remnants, metallic lace, and very old gold Dresden buttons. He still needed one more thing - ah yes - a one-of-a-kind star and gorgeous old gold Lametta.
Lovingly handcrafted and signed by Gail Giaimo.
Our Signature Style - To Make an Ornament for You that Lasts for Generations! You will know you have a ultra-custom Dresden Star Work of Art because we sign and date each and every ornament, as well as add our gold hang tag with your specific ornament’s unique one-of-a-kind inventory number on it. You will receive your ornament gently packed between layers of tissue paper in a beautiful embossed gold box with care and handling instructions. With over 15 years of experience, we are expert at wire-wrapping each ornament to help protect it against accidental breakage (just like those smart Victorians). We take extra time and pains to meticulously back every scrap to cardstock and old-stock papers to protect these beautiful and fragile illustrations so they will last for generations to come.