In something of a flurry of Steampunk inspiration, I decided to branch out into the exotic world of the Steampunk fascinator, creating this tea-stained paper and feather fascinator in the process.
I've never done tea-staining before (shocking I know, given how popular it is in schools), but I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. It gave the paper a nice aged colour, with some little concentrations of colour to give a bit of interest. The pages came out of an old ancient history journal, and though I would never normally deface a book, I was assured that the title in question was hopelessly out of date and therefore utterly useless to any serious scholar. (Fingers crossed they're right...) To make the rosette itself, I indulged in a little teabag folding. It may have a strange name, but it's a very versatile craft skill I'd thoroughly recommend acquiring.
I got the gold button and the feathers in the local craft shop, an occurence which was incredibly pleasing as we haven't had a craft shop for quite some time, and this one is relatively new. I wasn't entirely sure how to attach the feathers at first, but in the end I used some 34 gauge gold wire to tie them onto the comb on the back. It's worked well and they seem nice and secure.
Overall, I'm very pleased with how it turned out, and it's currently for sale in my Etsy shop.