My 25th wedding anniversary to Belasco is coming up and one of the things I have wanted to do for years was to take a thing we have and turn it into some art. Let me give you the story:
Our wedding, as many of you know, was an absolute and utter disaster. Complete dumpster fire. Legendary-status train wreck, the sort of thing no one would believe to be true. Still, it's how we started and if that's what we needed to kick off 25 awesome years, fine by me.
One of the only objects we still have from that day (all our wedding gifts were stolen, cat destroyed her dress, the few remaining keepsakes damaged moving home from Ireland...) was a set of really incredible Waterford crystal champagne flutes, with thin cut crystal with gold edges and trimming.
We took these out every anniversary and had some drinks. It was great! Until... sometime in I think 2002 or 2003 we were up late that anniversary night, went to bed entirely not-sober, and left the glasses on the kitchen table. That morning one of the kids (hello @Blameless Cleric
we know it was one of you two older nerds but we don't know which!) was pushing a toy car around the kitchen before we were properly out of bed, and I figure you can guess what happened. Table leg got bumped, a glass fell over, and then gracefully rolled off the table onto the tile floor. The kids were absolutely petrified, sobbing - a unique disaster impossible to fix, impossible to hide.
Fucking tragedy. Irreplaceable for multiple reasons. Nothing to do about it, nobody's fault, no way to even be mad. Just
We've since bought new ones more than once, and they get regularly broken in one way or another. Thing is, I kept every last sliver of the original, and I have them in the original box. I've carted them around now for like 17 years trying to think of what to do with the pieces, how to make them into something again, and I finally came up with an idea: I want to find an artist or jeweler who can do a disarticulated or 'exploded' reconstruction of the original, using gold or silver wire and the original fragments.
If you don't know what this is, it's usually something done with skeletal remains, to show each piece of the object separately while also retaining its connection to the whole as a recognizable shape. Here's an example under spoiler tags. Warning: pet skull underneath!
Seriously if bones bother you this ain't a good thing to click twice. It's not gruesome - this is a work of science and of art - but still
Anyhow! I think it's both a really neat idea to show the flute as it is now and was before, memorialize a story forever without losing the pieces themselves... and reference the nightmare of our wedding day by doing it in a way normally reserved for skulls under glass in creepy oddity shops.
So! Anybody know an jeweler, artist, or artisan who works with metal, glass, or wire, and might be willing to discuss taking this on? Or, anybody have other ideas for what I can do with a shattered crystal champagne flute? Obviously, nobody flag Bel into this - we've talked about it before, but she doesn't know I might actually try to get it done by August.