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The Lighted Corsage

The Lighted Corsage

I am sitting here breathing a sigh of relief as the finishing touches of Aaron's Beauty & The Beast Lumiere costume have just been completed. At the end of the play, Aaron becomes human again and he is dressed in black tuxedo tails with a custom gold sequined vest, custom gold waterfall ascot, and a pink flower corsage. It may seem like overkill, but I really wanted his corsage to feature 3 lit candles. It seemed only fitting that this corsage be lit like his enchanted Lumiere costume, right? Well, I thought so anyway, so I gave it some thought over the last couple of weeks trying to come up with a game plan on how to accomplish the dream.

Yesterday I was shopping in All-A-Dollar and found three little candles that you would use to light a pumpkin. That’s right, 3 candles for a buck, and this included the switch and batteries! I disassembled the candles to remove the LED and the flame tip. I then disassembled 3 BIC pens for the long slender candle bodies. After soldering on wires to the LED, I then re-assembled each candle. The outer white candle was covered with the same hot glue technique that I used on the lighted Lumiere. After all three were complete, I then soldered the wires to the switch and battery and the lights were ready for installation onto the corsage.

Noralee Peterson had graciously made Aaron the original pink flower corsage at a workshop that he and I were supposed to have attended. She did a great job, but she did not know that Lumiere was going to have a gold-themed “human again” costume. So I gently took her masterpiece apart (and feeling semi guilty the entire time) so that it could be tweaked into a lighted, gold-themed masterpiece.

Using plenty of hot glue, gold fabric cut into strips for tape wrap and ribbon, as well as the newly created candles, the reconstruction began and you can see by the picture how it turned out. Am I feeling a little proud of my efforts? You betcha!!! Aaron should look awesome! The show should be a great success! I hope you come and see it!


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