Tiara/headband is very original looking, and it
only took me about an hour to make. It's not really
like a crown, but more like "antennae"
(that's the best way to describe it) sticking
up from the band at varying heights ranging from
1/2" to 1-1/4", with beads wrapped around
the base of the band as well. All the little "antennae"
have different combinatiosn of beads o them, some
that are as simple as a wire with only one bead,
to some that have a mix, to some that look sort
of like little flowers.
it is done, it will look sort of like an upside
down U-shape with many little pieces sticking
up from it. Unfortunately I currently do not have
a picture to send.
I said in the post on the Babbling Brides, here
are the supplies I needed:
headband (from the dollar store)
(3 & 4mm pearls and glass)
Wire (the cut, straight kind, not on the roll)
cutters or old scissors
shorter pieces of wire to make the "antennae".
Each piece of wire should be about 5" long.
the wire in half so it looks sort of like a large
hairpin, and then thread the wire through the bead
until it sits in an angle. Pinch the two ends together.
Hold the bead between your finger and thumb and hold
the other end of the wire with pliers. Twist the end
with bead on it around and around until it twists
very tightly and it is the length you want it to stick
up from the headband. Leave the 2 free ends of the
wire untwisted and trim the free ends to about 3/4"
long so that you can wrap these around the headband
mad of these parts first (about 30-40 pieces in all)
so I could put them on the band in all different places,
according to how I wanted it to look.
you have all the "antennae" made, wrap the
free ends around the base of the headband and flatten
the ends onto the headband with the pliers. They are
really quite bendy, so you can curve them or straighten
them out to make them look exactly the way you want.
that is all done, take a long wire and wrap it about
1" around one sice of the band just starting
above where your ear would be. Then but the beads
on it, wrapping the whole base below the "antennae".
This covers up any wire ends that will be showing.
voila, you should have your very own homemade tiara
when you are finished. If you have any questions about
this craft, you can contact me through the Babbling
Brides bulletin board.