I have loved fantasy creatures since sometime around 9th grade (age 15-ish) when I discovered a book in the school library by Piers Anthony. (I don’t remember which one I read first and I’ve since read A LOT of his work. 🙂 ) I had a thing for unicorns mostly (Thank you, Lisa Frank!) and I still have one ceramic unicorn that my grandmother cast, fired and painted for me back then. (She had a kiln in the basement and molds and everything. She made all sorts of stuff. My gramma was pretty cool.)
Then I discovered D&D as a young adult and it was pretty much all over. I fell in love with the idea of elves (And especially half elves #TeamAngst! ). Anyway, to stop this story from meandering any more, I eventually learned that there were actual fake elf ears you could glue onto your own ears. I swore I would wear them every day, even to the grocery and everywhere.
Which is all wonderful and there are so many designers and molders of great prosthetic ears, but I discovered that I really really hate spirit gum. 🙂 So, when I started working with wire, I also spent a lot of time on Pinterest (That place is both awesome and scary. 🙂 ), because I wanted to learn ALL THE THINGS about wire wrapping. In there I saw a picture of someone wearing wire elf ears, and my whole world changed. *grin*
I’ll admit that I do some cringing when I see pictures of my older ears. I’ve gotten a good bit better at what I do in the last few years. This year, I’m working on making some that are smaller and more streamlined for folks who like the idea but don’t want or need so much sparkle. You know, more of a practical whimsy. 🙂 Throughout the coming months, I’ll be showing off some of the things I’ll have at Enchanted Lakes Renaissance Faire so you’ll be able to see them soon!