BE SURE TO SEE BOTH SIDES; ORNAMENT IS AS AMAZING ON THE BACK AS IT IS ON THE FRONT! A dear friend, Don, gave me this amazing elephant (that I believe came from an 1890s advertising piece) to do my magic with. For the longest time he sat by himself on a craft tray while I mulled over the possibilities. I found this large 4” diameter vintage sphere ornament and placed it in the tray along with Mr. Elephant. Many weeks came and went until I imagined some sort of gilded basket on his back with lively bright floral sprays coming out from it… and that’s how this ornament came to be! Antique glittered stamens and rare antique celluloid leaves were tucked inside this antique Dresden paper two-sided basket. Sphere is accented with beautiful antique bullion fringe, Dresden paper festoon border, antique red and silver hand-cut beads, and crinkle-wire to accent the ornament’s original glittered stripes. Mr. Elephant is decked out with antique Dresden papers and antique tinsel cording.
Lovingly handcrafted and signed by Gail Giaimo.
THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND ORNAMENT IS MADE ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY 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. Items described as “antique” are dated between 1870 and the early 1900s (prior to WWI). Items described as “vintage” are dated between 1915 (WWI) and the 1950s (mid-century). We also use Dresden trims (only on occasion) and crinkle wire (always used for durability) made more recently in Germany using techniques and equipment that have not changed over the past 150 years.