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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Just in time for Halloween (but perfect all year round for Egyptologists): my new mummy locket in sterling silver.

This sarcophagus opens up to reveal...

This sarcophagus opens up to reveal...

...a tiny mummy with diamond eyes!

...a tiny mummy with diamond eyes!

I’ll get better pictures of this piece soon. As I mentioned in my last post, my camera is malfunctioning and I was lucky to get these photos. I’ve got a new camera on its way.

Anyway, the sarcophagus is about 1 1/4″ long and hangs from a 16″ chain in its current incarnation. Isn’t the little beard on the sarcophagus cute? The mummy itself is finished on both sides. Totally 3D. It’s chained to the sarcophagus so you won’t lose it. Also, I’ve seen a lot of mummy movies, and I wouldn’t want your mummy to escape from the sarcophagus and run through your town causing teeny-weeny amounts of damage.A  This piece is $500. If you’re interested, holla at me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com.

If you’re big on Egyptian things, check out my other Egyptian-inspired jewelry.

The title of this post makes me think of my gorgeous sister, Terri Berry. When cable television took off in the early ’80s, there was a dearth of programming. I swear, the first year of MTV consisted entirely of Video Killed the Radio Star and footage of a rocket blasting off. One of the movie networks hypnotized my sister with endless showings of Mommie Dearest, Faye Dunaway‘s campy and career-killing movie about actress Joan Crawford‘s alleged child-abusing ways. To this day, Terri Berry has lengthy portions of that script memorized. A number of years ago, I rented the movie just so she could astonish my gorgeous friend Diane by acting out the scenes in sync with the original. My dream is to rent out an off-Broadway theater or movie theater where I would host nightly screenings of Mommie Dearest accompanied by Terri Berry’s commentary and performance. I would serve booze and beat willing bitches with a can of Ajax (the beatings would cost extra). You know the gays would love it!

It’s hard to pick just one scene to share here when they’re all so embarrassing excellent. The wire hangers scene is too predictable. I’m going to have to go with the “I AM NOT ONE OF YOUR FANSSSSSSSS!” slapfest. Terri Berry’s performance of this is impeccable. She even chokes herself, I swear!

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49 Responses to “Mummy Dearest”

  1. K-Line says:

    Ms. Wendy, you are utterly hilarious – and that piece is creepy perfect. I love how the mummy is attached. Excellent design.

  2. Alicia says:

    You would pick my favorite scene…this one is right before the whole issue over dinner. So tragic.

    LOOOOOOOOVE the necklace!

  3. Alicia says:

    Oh, and please film Terry Berry doing this scene and post it. Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks!

  4. Poochie says:

    Joan & my Mom have too many traits in common. But I also despise wire hangers. They make me crazy. Just ask the hubby.

  5. Midtown Girl says:

    I loved the necklace when you showed it to me last week. It is a beautiful piece – designed by beautiful girl.

    Mommie D is one of my abs fav “horror” films – LOL. In fact I think this may be one of my new Halloween movies from now on too 😉

    I actually thought you were going to show Terry Berry doing a side by side performance in the video above…I want to see this IRL!!!

  6. deja pseu says:

    The early days of MTV always make me think of “Walk Like an Egyptian.” How apropos!

  7. Marian says:

    I think it is so interesting to see egyptian inspired jewellery. The Mummy locket is genius!!

  8. enc says:

    Oh gawd, I don’t know what’s better, the necklace, or the fact that your sister impersonates Faye Dunaway impersonating Joan Crawford!

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    After some delibaration, I’ve arrived at a decision: It’s the necklace. I love that. It’s another item I want Warren Buffet to buy for me!

  9. Sweety P says:

    I love Mommy Dearest! One of my fave movies! Love your necklace!

  10. Audi says:

    That locket is amaaaazing! *clutches chest and emotes wildly* I was also hoping the clip would be of your sister acting out the scene in front of the TV…

  11. sr@mystyle says:

    Another stunning and unique piece of artwork, you are so inspirational and the necklace is beyond divine!!

  12. Kitty says:

    I love Egyptian jewelry! The sarcophagus with removable mummy is awesome, but perhaps a little creepy for my taste. I know someone who would love it though!

  13. Hilarious – so utterly hilarious and probably the worst script/acting/clothes ever!

    Is your Eleanor necklace Eleanor of Aquataine?

    The Nefertiti ring remains my favourite!!

  14. That scene is… fascinating. The little mummy goes much better with my morning coffee!

  15. Jill says:

    My Mummy would love that…she’s really into Egyptology. Bad pun, no?

  16. jayne says:

    love the necklace, so original!

  17. That necklace is so wicked…that is such an awesome idea 🙂

  18. You are seriously bad ass, woman!

  19. Maybe your mummy locket and other Egyptian inspired jewelry will spark a new Egyptian Revival in jewelry, fashion and furniture design!
    I can only hope so because Cleopatra had some mad style.

  20. lisa says:

    So adorable! I used to want to be an Egyptologist when I was a kid and could recite all the steps in the mummification process at one point. I may have to save up for this. 😀

  21. Kristin says:

    If Miss Terri’s performance ever makes it to the stage…let me know. I’ll be first in line!

  22. eyeliah says:

    ack! what a cool locket – wow wow!

  23. ambika says:

    I fee like cable programming hasn’t changed that much if you consider that most of the extended cable channels just run marathons of the same Real World, Dirty Jobs, Say Yes to the Dress kind of stuff.

    Love the necklace.

  24. Miss Janey says:

    Miss J is all a-swoon. From Mummy love and Mommie love.

  25. Gorgeous, I haven’t been to Egypt …yet, but can’t wait to get there and love your design

  26. dreamsequins says:

    I want my MUMMY! That’s an awesome new piece.

  27. Tina says:

    Love the new piece. Hope to see it in person at the trunk show!

  28. Susan says:

    amazing piece!

  29. hanako66 says:

    such a classic

    that necklace is so cool Wendy…you really are something else:)

  30. drollgirl says:

    i love the mummy necklace! rad!

    mommy dearest is such a rad movie. and faye dunaway is a certifiable mummy/freak at this point in her life. she is such a weirdo.

  31. I. Grace says:

    Wow, a tiny mummy with a diamond eyes? Impeccable attention to details!! =)

  32. Catherine says:

    Holy crap, that is one fantastic necklace! I’m not partial towards Egyptian stuff, but I absolutely love this necklace. WendyB, you’re a jewelry genius.

  33. I LOVE that sarcophagus design! i would totally rock that with any outfit!

  34. I’ve watched that film lots of times, but I only realized in the last year that it was Faye Dunaway in it…breaks my heart b/c I loved her in Bonnie and Clyde!

  35. EJ says:

    If I wasn’t terrified of mummies (and I mean terrified- the museum next door to my work has some and have to walk through the room with my eyes closed) that necklace would be on my Christmas list in a flash.

  36. Jess says:

    oh I saw an amazing antique necklace like this once….the sarcophagus had all beautiful enamel work on it, and opened up to reveal a little mummy, just like yours.
    oooh I want one! hmmm, is it too early to be thinking about Christmas? might have to start dropping hints to my parents/boyfriend!

  37. I love it! I am an Egypt fan, especially Queen Nefertiti, so much so that i have a big tattoo of her on my inner arm. She’s a babe.

  38. Winona says:

    Aaaahhhh this is SO great!

  39. hammie says:

    What about your favourite 3rd world dictator making a film about Faye Dunaway imitating Joan Crawford?


  40. Feelmore says:

    This is to die for.

  41. One of our(my & gay friends) favorite movie after ShowGirls of course!
    You should do one ‘clothes hanger’ pendant Wendy…
    “No wire hanger, Mummy Dearest”

  42. Noopur says:

    love the mummy pendent. you create such great pieces, its such a pity that most of them are out of my range.

  43. hannah says:

    gorgeous pendant.

    i love mommy dearest. whenever i got into a fight with my mother, i would call her that.

  44. Ah how fabulous! I love all your Egyptian inspired pieces x

  45. Isabel says:

    Your jewelry is always so creative. Plus, you are freaking hilarious and my word verification is ‘lolcats’. You’re the best.

  46. Sherin says:

    The mummy necklace is gorgeous! I can’t wait to check out the rest of the Egyptian collection.

  47. Josephine says:

    that is the most adorable mummy i have ever seen! 🙂

  48. You must get the financing to do the Terri Berry performance, I’m in for 3 tickets. And I totally forgot about that era of cable TV, and the many repeats! Taking me back..