• Welcome to Firefly Path!

    I have this silly habit. With every person I meet I imagine what they might look like in the faerie realm. As I begin to know them better their fay features become more evident to me. This is the way I design fantasy costumes, enhancing or contorting their attributes. Lifting the veil to reveal their own otherworldly beauty and enchantment they possess. There is a place somewhere between waking and sleeping where faeries play. In this twilight hour we can pass through to their world and in that short time we might be able to enjoy their glamor and learn the secrets of their society.
    I hope you enjoy the journey through these costumes I create, the lore I weave, and the images the photographers have captured. Every stitch that has been sewn, every bead that shimmers helps tell the faerie's story. During the growth of Firefly Path my life has been a faerie tale. I've traveled the world with my wonderful friends to capture these mystical creatures on film. Seeking them out in castle ruins, perched in desert canyons, finding them in lush rain forests, hidden inside an ancient bathhouse, gracing palace courtyards and through it all I've learnt that dreams really do come true and I am so very happy to be sharing mine with you.
    - JoEllen Elam (Lillyxandra)

Faerie Magazine Summer 2017

FIREFLY PATH AND FANCY FAIRY WINGS & THINGS GARB THE MIDSUMMER
Faerie Court

BY GRACE NUTH

“In a flash of light, Titania’s court arrives, all berry-stained lips and shimmering wings. Their gowns are gossamer and diaphanous, their eyelids drooping languidly in the dreamtime of a thick summer afternoon. Queen Titania herself leads them in merry revels. Tall and elegant, she displays a natural royalty no etiquette teacher could inspire.”

JoEllen Elam Conway, perhaps better known by her company name, Firefly Path, had
the honor of garbing this midsummer troupe of royal fairies. On the day the court came together for their portraits, they agreed to gather in the green space behind Firefly Path’s Los Angeles studio. Studio owner Ben anticipated their arrival with delectable hors d’oeuvres
he spent a week planning and preparing (the fairies adored the mini apple galettes, smoked salmon rugelach, celery barquettes with stilton and walnuts, and mini deviled crab cakes!) while assistant Zach created a list of musical selections themed around the day to set the mood for the entire courtly visit. Each of the six enchantresses, all of whom have inspired countless poets and artists to compose numerous ballads and works of art in their honor, was meticulously coiffed and adorned: captured in portraits, separately and together.

Set designer Make Light Studios was delighted to and that the rain sprites had been unusually enthusiastic this year, gifting them with thick moss and unearthing stones on a grassy bank in a nearby nature preserve. She and Elam Conway used the stones and moss, along with fairy mushrooms, to form a wild spiral where the fairies, natural dancers, would not be able to resist the urge to utter their wings in a frolic. After the individual portraits were finished, the fairies were brought to this second location, and their squeals of delight confused and bespelled any humans walking near the meadow where they danced. It is to our great relief that none of these humans decided to join the merriment, or they might have been unwittingly trapped in the enchantment forever.

Read more in the Summer 2017 issue of Faerie Magazine. Buy your copy HERE

Infinity Gauntlet Tutorial


Inspiration

Inspired by Marvel’s Infinity Gauntlet, this detailed and elegant version is a feminine take on the original bulky design.   The Infinity Gauntlet was designed to hold six of the ‘soul gems’, better known as the Infinity Gems. When used in combination, their already impressive powers make the wearer able to do anything he/she wants.


What you will need:

  1. Needle-nose pliers
  2. e6000 glue
  3. 5 filigree tip findings
  4. 5 filigree middle findings
  5. 5 cone filigree findings
  6. 5 adjustable rings
  7. 4 filigree circle findings
  8. 1 filigree flower
  9. Jump rings
  10. Jewelry wire
  11. Chain
  12. Lobster clasp
  13. AB crystals
  14. 5 Crystals in colors green, orange, blue, purple, yellow, and red

I bought all my supplies at Bohemian Crystal located in DT LA. They also have an online store.

 


The Process

Each finger has two sections of filigree. Start by shaping the filigree tips into a cone shape to form the finger tips. Bend the middle filigree pieces around the base of each finger to your size. I used the needle-nose pliers to help bend them in shape.

Using the jump rings, attach two sections of chain, connecting the filigree tips to the filigree middle pieces for each finger. Wire the adjustable rings to the inside of each middle filigree piece.

Glue the filigree flower to one of the filigree circles. Glue green gem inside to the middle of the flower. Using the jump rings, attach another filigree circle under the circle with the flower. Then form a bracelet by attaching two circle filigrees together. Bend the filigree around your wrist to your size. Attach all four circle filigrees together.

Cut two lengths of chain for each finger connecting the bottom the middle filigrees to the bracelet using jump rings. Attach lobster claw clasp and chain to the bracelet to form the closer.

For the Infinity Gems; flatten out cone filigree and glue down each Infinity Gem. This will create a base for you to attach the gauntlet. After they dry, glue them to the middle filigree sections of each finger. For extra support, you can use the jewelry wire to keep attached to the middle filigree. Bling out the rest of the gauntlet with AB crystals!

Now you can destroy the universe in style!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTYPbFFFxXM/


Don’t feel like making it yourself?

Check out these amazing artist who offer jewelry in a similar style!

Fairytas

Frecklesfairychest

Pickapicka

Beehive

 

Closed for 2017 Commissions

 

WE ARE CURRENTLY BOOKED THROUGH 2017, AND ON HIATUS FROM TAKING ON NEW COMMISSIONS AND PROJECTS UNTIL JANUARY 1ST, 2018

 

Please visit our Etsy store for accessories:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/FireflyPath

If you have additional questions regarding pricing, how to place your order in the future, etc please visit our FAQ

Unfortunately, your e-mail for Commission inquiries CANNOT be saved. Please contact us again on or after January 1st 2018 for all new Commissions and inquiries.

Thank you, Fireflies!

JoEllen & Team

Simplicity Fantasy Ranger Pattern (#8363)

I’m so excited to tell you that our next pattern is out from simplicity. The Fantasy Ranger Pattern (#8363) features a one-sleeved neck corset, corset, skirt, armored waistbands, gauntlet, and circlet. You can purchase it at your local Joann’s Stores, Walmart, and online (HERE) A big thank you to everyone who voted on my design last June when I was designing the circlet for this look!

 

Cosplay Culture Magazine “Love Issue”

 

We are honored by Cosplay Culture Magazine who featured Firefly Path in their February “Love Issue”! Pink Hair Goddess Kelly Eden graces the cover, modeling our Rose Armor Gown, shot by Photographer Mike Saffels! Our interview showcases fairytale photography with many models and photographers I’ve had the absolute pleasure to work with, including: (Maria Amanda, CourtoonFairytas, Lillian Liu, Mary Elam, and Christalyn Darkstar). In the interview, I go into details about what inspires me to design Bridal Fantasy Gowns for my clients, and I offer a little advice about staying true to yourself on your big day! You can pick up your copy at your local Barnes & Noble or Wal-Mart this February-March!