Boutique To You or CreativeContrast. When I stumbled upon these sites, I discovered his Second collection for Tim Burton's upcoming Alice in Wonderland movie is now available for pre-order. Pre-order!! By golly, they are very sure his jewelry is going to sell like hot cakes.
I don't think they are wrong. I've never been so tempted in my life. The first designs shown here are from his Second Collection. These not expensive pieces - some are under $100. So owning a Tom Binns piece is within reach.
Who else would do a rabbit clock pendant ? On the reverse side, it reads "Time is funny in dreams". Or the multi chain Alice key and keyhole necklace ?
Queen of Hearts drop earrings is pure vintage Tom Binns.
His Mad Hatter button earrings feature tiny scissor charms. Brilliant! Think about it. How would you go about designing pieces from Alice in Wonderland?
However, I do like his Mad Hatter double wrap suede bracelet draped with chains and Alice in Wonderland charms.
In the upcoming movie, Johnny Depp plays the Mad Hatter. Did you know there were once mad hatters? The making of felt hats in the 17th to 19th century was a dangerous occupation because mercury compounds were used to cure the felt. The "carroting" process involved washing animal furs in an orange colored solution containing mercuric nitrate - which may have inspired the orange color of Depp's character's hair. The workers suffered from mercury poisoning due to handling and inhaling the highly toxic substance.They drooled, shook and twitched, couldn't talk or walk properly, lost their hair, behaved erratically and in severe cases, died.
Why use mercury? There is a old story passed down by hatters which sounds plausible. Felt hat makers in Turkey used camel hair and discovered camel urine sped up the felting process. The alkaline urine did a great job of loosening hair fibers - tanners also once used urine to remove hair/fur from animal skins. A 17th century French felt worker who also used his own urine supposedly made better felt because he was being treated with a mercury compound for syphilis at the time. That was before antibiotics so the cure was in some ways worse than the disease.
Enough science and history! Watch the latest trailer from the movie where Johnny Depp explains his role in the movie.
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