Alice in Wonderland is a classic tale beloved to all ages. Lewis Carroll's "nonsense literature" is filled with vivid characters and imagery that lend themselves well to a full story bracelet!
This story, while not complicated, is complex and I've done my best to include as much of this detailed surrealistic story as I can.
Each bead and charm of the Alice in Wonderland Bracelet represents a character or moment from the story. Some of the most important beads and charms are described below and you can see all of the symbolic descriptions on the spiral chart photo above or to the left. Also, a story chart explaining the symbolism of the beads and charms accompanies every bracelet. Click here to see the chart.
- I chose a flowing aqua bead surrounded by lush green colors to represent the start of the tale, as Alice dozes on the riverbank. A pale blue bead represents Alice. It changes from a 6mm to 4mm to 8mm bead as Alice goes through size changes in her dream.
- A white cat’s eye bead and rabbit charm represent the White Rabbit who symbolizes “the call to adventure”. A black disc is the rabbit hole where Alice embarks on her journey.
- The enticing garden which Alice sees is a blue lampwork bead with floating roses; a gold key charm is the way into the garden. A purple droplet bead is the magic drink and square crystals are the magical cakes that change Alice’s size as she tries to fit through the garden door.
- Alice cries in frustration (clear droplets) and creates a pool of tears (glass disc bead). She changes her size again by fanning herself (fan charm).
- In the woods (green leaf bead) Alice runs into a Blue Caterpillar (blue beads) who teaches her about using a mushroom (glass mushroom bead) to control her size.
- Alice visits the Duchess (red faceted bead) and her cook (white bead) who is making a soup with too much pepper in it (grey crackle bead).
- Alice is surprised when the Duchess’s baby turns out to be a pig (pink pearl). The Cheshire Cat (cat bead) tells her he will see her at the croquet party.
- Alice arrives at a tea party (teapot charm) with the March Hare (brown bead), Dormouse (small black bead) and Mad Hatter (purple bead and hat charm). She tires of their riddles - symbolized by the "?" bead.
- Gardeners paint white roses red (pewter rose beads) for the Queen of hearts (red heart bead and crown charm).
- Croquet is played with flamingos as mallets. Pink beads and a flamingo charm evoke the scene.
- A gavel charm and smaller red heart symbolize the trial of the Knave of Hearts. Flat white rectangle beads and a card suit bead represent the court of the Queen of Hearts.
- Leaf beads reveal the truth: cards aren’t attacking Alice, leaves drifted onto her face while she was dozing on the riverbank.