Mothra: Queen of the Movie Monsters
Last year, my husband picked up a few of the original 1950s Godzilla/Gojira movies. I was a little skeptical about this sudden shift in his taste in movies, but he insisted that it was all in the name of cheesy fun. And cheesy fun they were! Our youngest really got into the movies and watching them became one of our weekly family events. When we finished them we picked up a few more Godzilla movies to keep the fun going. From there, we branched out and picked up a few featuring two other giant monsters, Gamera and Mothra.
Gamera is a tusked turtle, not too far removed from Godzilla’s reptile form. But, Mothra is an unexpected twist in the sea of giant, scaly monsters. She’s female. She’s a moth. And, to beat the other monsters, she glitters them.
The glitter is meant to be poison powder, but really … it’s glitter. It’s absurd. It’s awesome. And I decided that I needed a Mothra bracelet.
I started with Blue Deserts to represent her poisonous glitter gift (thankfully, I have a few ;)) but when I added the orange, yellow, and white beads to represent Mothra’s colours, they didn’t compliment each other. So, I pulled the Blue Deserts and stole my somewhat glittery Magical Lamp from my dragon bracelet to use instead. Problem solved. One of Mothra’s other attack methods is to spew tiny silk threads at monsters to disable them, so I added Ball of Yarn and the bracelet was almost done.
In a few of the movies, Mothra (or her babies) go through a larval stage, which is surprisingly quite cute. I was tempted to craft a blobby little larva, but I decided to skip it this time. Although I decided not to make the larva, from the start I was pretty sure that I was going to make an adult Mothra bead. Trollbeads has their Dancing Butterfly and Ohm Beads also has a Butterfly, but they don’t quite capture Mothra’s appearance. She actually changes quite a bit between the movies – sometimes looking more like a butterfly, sometimes more like a moth – but I wanted to represent her look in the first movie that I saw her in, Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth where she has more of a moth-like shape.
I love the final result! Although the wings aren’t quite right, I think that they’re pretty close. I love her face. And her nose/mandibles. And her little feet. And, I managed to give her sparkly eyes! The eyes were the final piece, added after I fired and oxidized the bead. I started with two blue zirconias but wasn’t happy with how they turned out. With a bit more browsing I found these lovely opals from Starseedcharms on Etsy.
Although I can technically say that I stuck a stone in a hard place, I’m not quite ready to cross my second resolution off of my list; I still want to try and make a bead where I add the stone first and then fire the bead.
Do you have a favourite movie creature?