(Contains spoilers for Little Dorrit)
A long time ago, I hinted that I was working on a Dickens-related craft project. I actually finished it a while back -- I'm just not a very good photographer, and it almost took me more work to get a photo that (sort of) satisfied me then it did to make the project itself. But at long last, here it is: the Little Dorrit charm bracelet!
Below is a list of the charms, from left to right. I'm afraid I neglected to keep all the links to where I originally got them. But I've provided links where I could.
- A lock and key, to represent the Marshalsea.
- A thimble for Amy.
- A hand holding a timepiece, to represent Arthur's father's watch. I meant just to use a very small watch face, but you would not believe how difficult it is to find one, so I finally went with this.
- A top hat for Arthur.
- A shoe for the scene where Arthur touches Amy's shoe. If you thought a miniature watch was hard to find, you should have seen me trying to find a Victorian lady's shoe charm. (It didn't help that apparently someone told Claire Foy that Victorian women didn't show their feet, because she never shows hers. I looked at a ton of footage, and afterwards I knew no more about what her shoes looked like than I had before I started.) I finally got some help from Cathy Jakicic, editor of BeadStyle magazine and a Facebook friend, who steered me over here (although they no longer seem to have the exact one I chose). Many thanks to her!
- A button, in honor of Amy making off with Arthur's. I'm not quite happy with this button; it's a little too large. But it tends to sit all right when I wear the bracelet. If I ever find a smaller pewter or silver button, I may change it, but for now it's okay.
- A flower, representing both the flowers that Pet gave Arthur and the flowers that Amy later brought to him, which were emphasized more in the book than in the movie. There was a note in my edition of the book pointing out that flowers play a pretty big role in Arthur's love life (even Flora's name means "flower"!), so it seemed like a good idea to have one.
- A marriage license with rings. In the book we see Daniel Doyce taking Amy to get the license, and it seemed like a nice way to sum up the happy ending.