Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Helga Gets a Makeover

Meet Helga, my ratty old bust.  


She was covered with all this ugly blue fabric. 

I bought Helga a few years ago at my local thrift store for $20.00.  I have seen old busts go for $500.  I was not really loving the blue fabric on it.  I remember seeing some photographs of busts with a craypaper look....old and ratty.  They looked like mine so today I thought I would see what Helga was really made of.

Reminds me to never judge a book by its cover.  
She is a beauty...yup full of water stains, rust, missing screws, and she has a lovely pose (lopsided) but she is a highly sought after item by jewelry artists for displays and photography.

She Does Bite !!!!!!

 Good thing my Tetanus is updated.

So I thought I would try her out.  Not sure these are the best photos but a start.  Will have to figure out the best backdrop to take photos with her.

My latest creation from some of my purchases at the 
Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee.

This is a layered necklace.  Can be worn individually or together.  Choker & Long Necklace.

Made with some earthy green & brown ceramic beads that are chunky.  Some wavy chips that I bent, copper fish and Swarovski Crystals.

I Think Helga Approves!!!!


  1. great work! I love the wavy ones that you bent, too. very cool!

  2. Oh, I'm so jealous! I've been wanting a Helga for a long time now but wow they are costly! Helga is beautiful and I suspect she'll be a loyal and hard worker.

    I just love the pieces you made. Those copper endcaps are gorgeous!

    1. She is a bute glad she found a home with me.

  3. Oh, Helga's a beauty indeed! So's the jewelry - totally awesome! I'd so love to find Helga's sister,...or cousin,....and for a price that didn't 'bite' would be really nice! ;-)

    1. If I run across another Helga I will buy and offer it up.

  4. I think I have Helga's sister Vilma. I stripped her naked too!

  5. I think I found Helga's older sister Violet.