Rev 2.1 - May 2004
Arwen wears a wonderfully elaborate crown of silver wire with all kinds of drippy chains with green crystals, semi-precious stones inserted in the chain. There are white/silver rochaille beads with green stone beads spaced around on them.
The crown is actually two parts. Parts of the silver are painted.
Description from "Art of ROTK", Ngila Dickson
"The crown's design began with a drawing of mine that followed the theme of a butterfly wing. I had a strong vision for this crown: it needed to have the vein like quality, with the sense of a stained glass window to the colour, and the beading was to drape in three layers around her elven ears - to emphasize those delicate Elven features. Jasmine Watson, the jewelry designer, and I worked closely for three weeks on this crown. My original design winged out, but we found that the crown had a more interesting quality when it sat closer to the head. Jasmine's work on this crown took it to an extraordinary level, allowing a dream to be realized, that an Elven queen's crown would be like no other."
Notes from Jasmin:
Arwen's coronation crown is indeed in two pieces. The back piece is only connected to the front piece by the strings of hanging beads. The back is attached to the wig via little loops of elastic. She had to make it in two pieces because of time constraints - Liv arrived only 2 days before shooting and they couldn't afford the time to change the crown if it didn't fit (Liv apparently has a very oval head, and that plus the wig made her head shape unusual. Jasmine wanted a very specific placement of the crown along her hairline).
Arwen's coronation outfit is green to represent spring after a long winter. Jasmine tied this spring green color into the crown. The dangling beads had green in them, and there was green on the actual silver butterfly parts of the crown that looked like some kind of enamel. What this really was, however, was nail polish!! It was "expensive Dior polish", but still nail polish, whatever the price!
The Pattern Design & How-Tos
Head to our Making It Pattern page
Barbie doll pictures are all together at the bottom...
The Standee Pics
Barbie Doll Arwen Crown Pics
Interestingly Mattel has Photoshoped out Arwen's pointy ear on all packaging. This may effect how the edge of the crown is seen in these pics. Also, the dolls hair is styled to hide the ear. (Wonder what scary thing is suppose to be hidden there?)
More Barbie pics over on the main page for the Coronation Gown
How to make Arwen's Crown
Check out our circlets section for tips on metal work and faking metal work. We have two different techniques listed.
Exhibit pictures throughout this section thanks to Secrete Elf, Garfeimao, Jedi Kai, Kelldar, Michelle P., and Silvara
This page was last updated 04/22/08