I started making a suitcase from the matchbox, covered it in black vinyl and overstamped pouting lips in black. I lined it with stiffened red fabric stamped with leopard print in black. The chain attached to the handle has a vintage solid silver charm of can can girls dancing – there is a little lever at the back so that you can make their legs kick up and down. Not quite burlesque but so cute I couldn’t resist it.
I filled it with things a burlesque dancer might have – fans, a mirror, miniature top hat with feather (bye bye monopoly piece!), nice undies, stockings, silver topped cane, two miniature books with (tasteful) erotic prints of vintage dancers, a feathered mask, glitzy high heeled shoes, feather boa and a miniature necklace. I also made you a pair of clip on earrings and a key chain with pin up girl charms and a little heart shaped scented pillow. The clothes and pillow have been doused in perfume by Dita Von Teese for a little extra zing. Finally there are a couple of Graphic 45 stamps from one of their curtain call sets, which I thought went with the theme.
Now, having done all that I decided it didn’t really fit the brief of a matchbox shrine, hence part two of the swap. This is definitely much more like a shrine. The inside is sort of a diorama of a vintage burlesque show. The tassel hanging down is the one that was attached to the Dita perfume bottle. And finally, I added a burlesque paper doll, from curly cue design, printed onto fridge magnet paper. She does have an outfit which is removable and nothing is left to the imagination underneath. My swap partner did say risque was okay by her.
I really enjoyed making this and I hope you like it Hannah - it's on its way.