Blue Beard Bloody Key Necklace and My Foray into Macabre Art


"Do Not" Bloody Key Necklace - Inspired by the French fairy tale "Bluebeard," this necklace features hand embroidered thread art that compliments the antique brass finishes of the metal. Click to learn more about the story and designing artist #bluebeard #fairytale #embroideryart #threadart #handmadejewelry #keynecklace #macabre

“As for this little key...open anything, go anywhere, but as for that little room, do not enter it.” This quote, and subsequent story of Blue Beard inspired this hand embroidered, bloody key necklace. 

Price: $55

The folktale recorded by Charles Perrault, is about a blue bearded lord who has a habit of disappearing wives. When a neighboring woman of impoverished circumstance marries him, he gives her keys to all of the gold, carriages, and every room of the house when he goes away for business. 

She hosts parties and enjoys her sister and brothers’ company while her husband is away, but can’t resist the tiny basement room she was warned never to enter. Overcome with curiosity, she unlocks the forbidden door.

Upon entering the room, she drops the key in horror at seeing all of Blue Beard’s previous wives’ corpses hanging from the ceiling. 

"Do Not" Bloody Key Necklace - Inspired by the French fairy tale "Bluebeard," this necklace features hand embroidered thread art that compliments the antique brass finishes of the metal. Click to learn more about the story and designing artist #bluebeard #fairytale #embroideryart #threadart #handmadejewelry #keynecklace #macabre

Bending down to the floor, slick with blood, to pick up the key and retreat, she notices the key is enchanted. No matter how many times she washes the key—she can’t remove the blood. 

 When her husband returns, he tells her she will soon join his previous wives and hang in the little room. Luckily, she had already warned her brothers and sister that she would be in danger when her husband returned. 

While she cunningly asks for a few moments in the estate’s small chapel to prepare her soul for death—her siblings arrive just in time to dual and kill the treacherous lord. The wife inherits the estate and riches, and she and her siblings live there happily with their own families until the end of their days. 

A tale with a moral to be conscientious of curiosity, as well as, to not be an abusive spouse—Blue Beard is a creepy fairy tale that at least has a happy ending. The French 2009 film of the same name (Barbe Bleu) is a more feminist take on the story—as well as a visually beautiful film—one of my favorites! 

"Do Not" Bloody Key Necklace - Inspired by the French fairy tale "Bluebeard," this necklace features hand embroidered thread art that compliments the antique brass finishes of the metal. Click to learn more about the story and designing artist #bluebeard #fairytale #embroideryart #threadart #handmadejewelry #keynecklace #macabre

 I carefully hand embroidered the bloody “Do Not” to not only echo the story—but also to conjure power for the wearer. Something to wear out with the girls or at the office when you just do not give a damn—the dripping thread mimics the blood that would not stop pouring from the enchanted key and the "Do Not" wards off any potentially irritating encounters. 

 The chain is 18 inches in length with a lobster clasp. The large key is zinc and brass, the small key is solid brass and the diamond shaped chain is also solid brass. 

 I feel like this creation is perfect for my Slytherin ladies out there, cunning and ambitious who can survive and thrive in difficult situations, or my Gryffindor girls who are braver than all and will stand up to bullies! 

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Price: $55


 

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