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The Asparagus Wand was created for Sukie’s “Fairy Wand Exchange,” in July 2001. I made four of them to add to the wands already being sent by my daughter, Applefaerie, and me.
The Asparagus Wand is shown below.
It started in Michael’s Arts & Crafts store, when my daughter and I were wandering the aisles for ideas.
When I saw the plastic asparagus, it struck me funny. It also made me think… jewel-encrusted asparagus in the hand of an elegant faerie…
It also reminded me of one of our favorite–but retired–Disney World attractions, Kitchen Kabaret, which used to be downstairs at EPCOT’s attraction, The Land. (We still have moments of singing, “Veggie, veggie, fruit-fruit!”)
So, when Applefaerie’s schedule prevented her from completing all six of her wands for the exchange, I had a good excuse to embellish the asparagus.
The completed wands are rather simple, with just a few beads emerging from between the petals on the stalk. Most petals are embellished.
Close-up: Beads and pearls in the asparagus petals
The beads are all an irridescent peach color, with golden and greenish highlights. The pearls are freshwater, peach-colored pearls, as well as some white fake pearls. Each wand is slightly different, with 20-gauge gold-toned wire at the top, holding a star bead and one or two other beads in place with a curled-wire top.
My vision included fresh asparagus stalks in the fields in spring, with their jewels just beginning to peek out between the petals.
By harvest, these wands would be heavy with opulent jewels as if from the Tower of London exhibit.
However, in the lighter, just-starting-to-grow phase, these asparagus are perfect for the faeries to use as magick wands.