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Friday, May 25, 2012

"When This You See Remember Me" - Frozen Charlotte Pendant Workshop

   New Workshop at Cottage Panache
 "When This You See Remember Me"
Antique Frozen Charlotte Pendant
I am allowing three hours to complete this workshop at the cost of
$55.00 with all materials included.
Date and Time: Thursday, June 14th from 6-9pm
Tools that you will need are:
a bone folder, flat nose or needle nose pliers, 
round nose pliers, and jewelry wire cutters,
Embossing Heat Tool and heat mat if you have one.
(I will plan to have a few loaners on hand but if you have them it would
be helpful if you could bring them)
Seating is limited so don't wait too long. Please
call 817-595-4040 to reserve and prepay to hold your seat!
And of course if you have any questions don't hesitate to call!

Questions you may have:
What is a frozen Charlotte? 
Answer: check out this link for a great low down 
or for a quick history just read below! This is an excerpt from the above site!

Frozen Charlotte are a type of china dolls that had arms and legs that were not jointed. Popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The name came from Fair Charlotte, a well-known American folk ballad attributed to William Lorenzo Carter. It is believed to have been composed some time between 1833 and 1860. The ballad tells the tale of a beautiful young woman who set out in a sleigh with her lover, Charles, on a bitterly cold night to attend a ball fifteen miles away. Her mother warned her to wrap herself in a blanket to keep warm, but:
"No, no, no," fair Charlotte said
And she laughed like a gypsy queen
"To ride in blankets muffled up,
I never can be seen."
The couple rode off into the cold and, after traveling a mere five miles, Charles remarked:
"Such a night as this I never knew,
The reins I scarce can hold."
Fair Charlotte said in a feeble voice
"I am exceeding cold."
Away they ride through frozen air
In the glittering starry night
Until at length the village inn
and the ballroom were in sight.
They reached the door, Young Charles stepped out
And held his hand to her
"Why sit you there like a monument
that hath no power to stir?"
He called her once, he called her twice
She uttered not a word
He held his hand to her again
And still she never stirred
Then swiftly through the lighted room
Her lifeless form he bore
Fair Charlotte was a stiffened corpse
And word spoke nevermore.
Of course there was a lesson to be learned from this tragic tale, and many young girls who later played with Frozen Charlotte dolls probably were warned: Always wear a wrap when going out or you'll catch your death from cold!

The porcelain frozen Charlotte dolls that we will be using are from my own collection that date back to 1860's. They were excavated from the grounds of the old doll factories that stood in Thuringia, Germany. Most  are not perfect in condition, with missing arms and or legs or even the body or head. I love them in any condition and enjoy creating jewelry and decor  pieces using the Frozen Charlotte Dolls along with other found objects!

Be sure to watch for more workshops in the near future! 
Maureen@Cottage Panache Antiques
7277 Glenview Dr.
Richland Hill, TX 76180