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« on: July 04, 2007 09:04:53 AM »

Yep, this tiara is exactly what it sounds like.  Indeed, it is made almost exclusively of stud earrings which I salvaged from a box of broken jewelry I picked up on eBay.  Most of the earrings were singletons or had some other defect, and I was glad that, even though my ears arent pierced, I was able to put them to good use!
So, the instructions for this project said we had to express something, well, this tiara expresses my queendom over the world of unused and unwanted sparkly things!  Its true, Im a bit of a hoarder, especially with jewelry.  I am simply the queen of salvaged junk!

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Photos of the front and back of the piece:
 
The photo of the back is sort of an in-progress shot, which is why it seems unfinished and gluey.  I wanted you to see the back though so you could see that the structure of the tiara is truly made up of the earring posts.

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Close-ups that you might see the grimy salvagedness of it all!

Photos of tiara on my head!:


 
A brief overview of my process:  I began with a clear plastic comb, its the kind florists use for bridal hairpieces and such.  I have a lot of hair, and tend to prefer the type of tiaras that comb in to those which simply sit on top of the head.

Next, I gathered my plethora of unloved little stud earrings.  I sorted them by size and color, sticking them into a pillow to keep them in order.  I used super-glue to stick them together (in the arrangement shown below), and then glued the small units to one another until I had built up the basic shape.   


I then added the larger clear jewels which I pulled off of an absolutely atrocious necklace with my pliers.  The outward-facing clear studs were added by breaking the earring post off with my pliers, and then nesting the stud in among the other earring posts before gluing everything in place.  The superglue created something of a fog on the larger gems, so I swabbed everything with nailpolish remover as a finishing touch.  Once finished, I covered all the vulnerable areas on the back with hot glue for strength, and then voila!  It was tiara time!
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2007 09:08:55 AM »

wow, thats gorgeous!
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2007 09:17:09 AM »

Incredible! It rocks Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2007 09:24:37 AM »

It's beautiful. I really like how you constructed it too. I don't think I could have thought of something like that.  For a tiara made of salvaged stud earrings, this is really nice.
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2007 09:25:35 AM »

Wow, the construction is so creative, and the result is absolutely beautiful!  It would work for a wedding even.  Such a lovely tiara - Great work!
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2007 09:30:05 AM »

thats amazing! i love it! its elegant... yet fun!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2007 09:38:46 AM »

you are all so sweet!
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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2007 09:44:57 AM »

So far this is my favorite entry. Great job! And way to re-use the unloved earings!
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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2007 09:51:33 AM »

Oh I love anything recycled or reconstructed!  I have to agree that your construction is ingenious, I never would of thought of that!

Not to mention its gorgeous, it makes me think of finding some special treasure in your grandmas attic and the magical moment that ensues Smiley

Another thing that is great about this is that you did what is most hard to do.  You kept it simple and yet still created something stunning, unique, and beautiful.

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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2007 10:13:45 AM »

beautiful! definately one of my favorites, if not my favorite!
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