6 ½” tall x 4 ½” Wide
***Our ornaments are almost exclusively made with vintage and antique materials 1880s-1950 (all colorful die-cut paper illustrations are 120+ years old). Scroll past Special Features for details***
Gabrielle loves fanciful ornaments with a storybook feel. This ornament is very unique, because it is big enough to be considered a six-sided ornament and I hope we were able to capture in photos how truly special it is. This ornament has its original satin finish, painted clowns, and leaf designs that were so faded that they were barely noticeable. First I brought the leaves back to life by restoring them with my best fine antique silver glitter. I wasn’t very jazzed about the original flesh-colored clown faces so I created kitty clowns by adding my own cat heads, which were much more fun and exciting. I accented the kitty-clowns with star buttons, metallic cording and tiny Dresden paper chevron borders, and added chenille to create Santa hats. For each of the indents I selected children in clown costumes and made frames for each child with a fun combo of gold Dresden papers and metallic fabrics. The trickiest part of all was wire-wrapping the ornament seamlessly in a pattern that crossed over the ornament in exactly the same places on all six sides.
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.
Just Imagine, You are Viewing an Ornament made with Materials 60 to 150 Years Old! Dresden Star Ornaments are almost exclusively made with antique and vintage materials to include: glass ornaments from the 1890s to1950s (most of which were made in Germany); colorful Victorian embossed & die-cut paper “scraps” and chromolithographs from postcards and advertising trade cards (made in Europe between the 1870s and 1910); antique and vintage fabric to include chenille, lace, ribbon and metallic trims; antique and vintage tinsel from tree garlands and old-stock German-made Lametta tinsel; gold and silver old-stock Dresden paper trims, crepe paper, foil, gift wrap, spun-glass, and other embellishments.
Since many of our creations contain glass ornaments that are as much as 120 years old, the condition and patina will vary, which this is part of their vintage one-of-a-kind charm and character. Items described as “antique” are dated between the 1870s and 1920. Items described as “vintage” are dated between the 1920s and the 1950s (mid-century). We also use newer Dresden trims (on occasion) and crinkle wire (to wire-wrap ornaments for durability) made more recently in Germany using techniques and equipment that have not changed over the past 150 years.