Who knew that fairies shed their dresses and wings just like snakes shed their skins? Careful searching of a forest floor may lead to the discovery of a little ossified ballgown like the one above.
In this case the ossified gown has been replicated with a little human help and a supersaturated solution of 3 tablespoons 20 Mule Team Borax per cup of boiling water. The first step: create a diminutive ballgown out of scraps of linen.
Next step: immerse the gown in the supersaturated borax solution and let sit for a few hours (this crystallization process took just three hours—apparently borax crystals love linen).
|Suspension from above: a toothpick through the shoulder loops, hung by a piece of thread from a wooden skewer.|
|Drying, suspended from a corner over the kitchen sink|
|The finished gown, now weighing about a pound and able to stand on its own|
|A fairy gown in the hand...|
|Or hung on the wall|