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December 12th, 2011
10:03 am


Steampunk World's Fair

Welcome to my Steampunk World's Fair page!

My name is May Burnett and I design luminous, handmade fairy wings and imaginative fairy catching kits.  My creations can be found at www.customfairywings.com and at www.etsy.com/shop/customfairywings .  I've made this page for the Steampunk World's Fair 2015 vendor jury.  I've had a blast my last three years at SPWF and I hope to see you all again in 2015!

Victorians were obsessed with the supernatural: spiritual healing, ghosts and FAIRIES!  It follows that a Neo Victorian would also be curious about the clockwork "Good Folk" flitting about the garden.  As a Lepidopterist, I have seen these wee creatures and, after much scientific observation, have created fairy catching kits so that others may discover their beauty and magic.  The wings I create mirror the natural beauty of the fairies I have studied and act as perfect camouflage whilst out hunting!
These kits have been designed to lure the curious fae into them.  Simply place the open jar near an open window and sprinkle a small amount of "fairy lure" (included in each kit) around the jar.  When a fairy flies inside, quickly put the lid on the jar!  Every Fairy Catching Kit has enough fairy food and shiny things in it to occupy a fairy for 24 to 48 hours.  These jars are for observational purposes only, so make sure to release your fairy in a timely manner.

Here are some Fairy Catching Kits from SPWF 2014!

Monocle Bear

Zombie Gnomes

Here are some Fairy Catching Kits from SPWF 2013!
tardis jar 1 web

teabrain jar web
The Brain Powered Teapot Jar
Here are a few of the Fairy Catching Kits from SPWF 2012!
mythical donut tree jar
Donut Tree Jar

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Zombie Jar
These Fairy Catching Kits sell from $20 to $45 with the larger apothocary jars selling for a bit more.  I will also have Fairy Catching Field Kits.
Fairy Catching Field Kit
These small kits are more portable and come with a tiny jar, fairy food, fairy lure, a tiny faiy net, a pencil and small notebook.  Just take this kit with you to an area that you believe fairies frequent.  Sprinkle a little fairy lure around and hide.  When the fae come out to investigate, quickly catch one in your wee net and put it in your jar.  You will have about 20 to 30 minutes before you will need to release your fairy.  This is enough time to quickly sketch the fairy in your notebook and jot down some quick observations.  At $15, the Field Kits make a great gift!

These kits really work! Here are a few pictures of fairies that I caught at SPWF 2012!

SPWFfairy1 SPWFfairy4

This year at SPWF, Custom Fairy Wings plans to tag each fairy caught with a magnetic number tag in order to track their yearly migration patterns.


My steampunk creations combine the organic with the mechanic.  Each unique pair of wings combines an assortment of materials from copper wire and feathers to galvanized steel and flowers.  Some of the wings even light up!  Every wing set is designed to be tied on with ribbons or buckled on with straps.

Below are examples of a few of my pieces.  The framework of each wing set echos a decorative minute hand design.  The signature touch: a tiny glowing power source mounted between the wings!

Peacock Glider Wings

Rocket Lily Wings

Gears and Berries Wings
The prices range from $65-$90 for smaller wings, to $90-$200 for larger wings.

Emergency Mustaches!

I mustache you a question.  Pink or black?

Emergency Mustaches are great for a quick disguise or to make any outfit instantly fancy.
May 20th, 2011
02:26 pm


Just a test for a friend, please ignore

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March 10th, 2010
08:56 pm


Writer's Block: Kids or child-free?
Whether you've chosen to have children or live child-free, how and when did you (or will you) reach this decision? If you're in a relationship, did you (or will you) decide separately or together?

My husband and I had been married for 8 years when we started talking of having a child.  We just weren't sure when the right time would be.  Then we saw Superman Returns.  My husband said, "Hey, if Superman can have a kid, so can I."  Not long after that, I was pregnant!

 We struggled over what to name our soon to be little girl.  Well, I struggled.  My husband wanted to name her "V", you know, like V for Vendetta.  I wouldn't have it.  After months of baby name books and family suggestions we reached a compromise.  We agreed that Evie (after the heroine in V for Vendetta) was a cute name.  Evie is now 2.


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December 17th, 2009
10:51 pm


Spoutwood Jury Entry
Welcome to my jury entry for the Spoutwood Farm Fairie Festival!   
My name is May Burnett and I make hand painted silk fairy wings.  I hope that you remember me from 2007 when I was one of your Emerging Artists. Each of my wings is a unique, luminous creation.  The frame can be worn over clothes with the clear, plastic straps or remove the straps and slide the frame down the back of a corset for a "real" fairy look.  Each pair comes with clear plastic straps and a clip-on flower bouquet to hide the frame when wearing the wings over clothes.  I have recently developed a smaller wing size that is not only perfect for children but also great for adults who want to move easily through crowds.  The prices range from $65-$90 for the smaller wings, to $90-$120 for the larger wings and $300 for the tri-wings.

 On this site I have included images of some of the types of wings I hope to bring to your festival, some cute monarch caterpillar and chrysalis pendants plus an introduction to The Fairy Chicken Adoption Agency.  There are many fairy chickens in need of families and I am hoping that they will find their forever homes at your festival!


Monarch Pendants
These little monarch caterpillars and chrysalis are handmade using Sculptey clay and sealed with polyurethane.  The caterpillars are made using a stacking technique and then rolled and bent into a "J" position, ready to turn into a chrysalis.  The chrysalis are hand molded out of my own color blend and the gold accents are tiny gold beads.  They are the perfect accessory for the fairy who has everything!  Pendants with satin cord sell for $10 each.

The Fairy Chicken Adoption Agency
Many people are unaware of a growing crisis within the Fairy community; homeless fairy chickens.  Everyone knows that fairy chickens need a human or fae to take care of them, but sometimes the partnership doesn't work out and the fairy chicken is left without a home.  That's where The Fairy Chicken Adoption Agency comes in.  Here at The Fairy Chicken Adoption Agency we are committed to finding forever homes for all fairy chickens (no matter how strange they are).  Each fairy chicken comes with a story and an adoption certificate.  Adoption fees range from $25 for small fairy chickens to $45 for the larger fairy chickens.  Below are a few photos of some of our successful Faerie Con adoptions and their stories.

Mr. Beaksby was brought to the agency last spring by a disgruntled farmer who had discovered his spring crop of onions and peas had been replaced by daffodils and crocus.  When confronted, Mr. Beaksby said, "Aye, I were just try'n to bright'n up der place".  Unfortunately, the farmer disagreed, and escorted Mr. Beaksby to the agency. 
Mr. Beaksby found his forever home with this cute little fairy and her grandmother at Faerie Con.  They garden together all the time and Mr. Beaksby was a welcome addition to their home.

Captain Speckle Feathers was found wandering the docks.  Originally from a small farming community in the South Pacific, he was drawn into a life of piracy and found that he actually quite enjoyed it ... egg laying had never been his strongest point.  Unfortunately, upon discovering that Captain Speckle Feathers suffered from chronic sea sickness, his crew quickly threw him overboard, where he eventually washed ashore.
The Captain was adopted at Faerie Con by this saucy wench with a penchant for pirates.  She took one look at Captain Speckle Feathers and welcomed him aboard.

Scrambled Ed has an interesting story.  It seems that when Ed was born, the hens were dancing and chanting, "Blessed be as you cross the road".  So Ed climbed out of his nest to cross the nearest road.  When he got to the other side, he had no idea why he crossed the road in the first place and went back to the other side.  But Ed could not get the chant out of his mind, so he figured that the more he crossed the road, more the blessed he will be. Ed came to us looking for a kindred spirit, someone to navigate the roadways of life with.  He found one in a young woman at Faerie Con.  However, the two took off on an adventure before we could snap their photo.

Gizzard the Wizard was found on All Hallows Eve wandering around a library, barking like a dog.  Upon hearing growling, an anxious librarian brought Gizzard to the agency.  We have interpreted his barks to the best of our ability and believe he is trying to tell us he's been cursed.  It was like a fairy tale when this lovely lady happened by.  She was a more understanding librarian with an interest in the occult who was thrilled to adopt (and un-curse) little Gizzard at Faerie Con. 

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08:38 pm


Work In Progress
Ok, ok, I haven't posted anything in about a year. Evie keeps me pretty busy. But I've been reading your entries from time to time, just to see what you've been up to. I'm going to be applying to be a vendor at Spoutwood Fairy Festival soon and will be using my LJ as the website that the jury will check out. Yes, I still have my www.customfairywings.com site, but I also want to introduce my Fairy Chicken Adoption Agency without putting it on my website. Thus, I'll be combining the two here. So please bare with me as I get things in place. Oh, and critiques will be welcome.

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January 11th, 2009
09:40 pm


Lady Winter Costume

I was finally able to get some photos of my Lady Winter costume all finished and in the snow!  I made the top, skirt, earrings, crown, mask and wings.  The Frost Wyrm pendant was made by a Deviant Art friend.  The mask is paper mache (no, not a real deer skull.  That would be gross).

Happy Lady Winter peeking out from behind a tree...

Lady Winter enjoying the ice and snow...

Lady Winter with her Frost Mask on.  Creatures in the snow beware!

Special thanks to my husband, Geoff, for being the photographer in the 27 degree weather!

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December 19th, 2008
09:34 pm


Happy Holidays

Merry, Merry to everyone!

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October 28th, 2008
11:41 pm


Happy Halloween!

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October 26th, 2008
09:40 pm


Bumble Bee Boots

I am a sick, sick person.  I just can't stop myself.  I found a pattern on the internet to make cute baby shoes out of felt.  The were perfect for Evie's Halloween costume of a Bumble Bee!  Here are the shoes I made...

If you want to make some boots for yourself, here's the link...  http://www.patternbee.com/FP1.html   The maker suggests all pink or blue,  but I just did it my way.  I think that ladybug boots would be cute too.

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