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Topic: Handmade purple and gold tiara, progress pics and semi tute  (Read 6481 times)
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« on: September 30, 2008 04:53:33 PM »

Hi everyone, here is another of my wedding projects. The original link with the other tutes is here.

This is my headpiece, total cost $6 and using some existing materials.

Materials:
wire headband - mine had the wire comb part on it but I cut it off with wire cutters
thick purple craft wire, no idea of the gauge but it's tough and probably a coated aluminium
medium gold craft wire 20 gauge
super fine craft wire, about 26 gauge, maybe higher
seed beads and chalcedony focal teardrop
ribbon
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I only have a few progress pics so bear with me.


I bent my purple and gold wires to shape using cups and things to get a nice curve. I had little planning and just made it up as I went along, I DID measure the centre of the headband and where the wire would join so it was symmetrical - mark the headband with a permanent marker. You can see where the purple wire ends and is wrapped around the headband with the super fine wire. Each end of purple wire and any joins where the wire touches the headband is wired like this, the gold wire is just wrapped around the headband at the start and finish.



Mine was made to angle backward as it did not hold my hair back, it slid down into my hair so only the top showed. Had it been made so the tiara part sat straight up on the headband it would have sat too far forward and looked odd. It's a little fiddly to get the wire to sit right before securing in place but not too difficult. Just bend and shape baby.


Grab some coordinating ribbon (mine was 5mm craft ribbon) super glue the end to the headband on one side and start to wrap around, making sure you cover all the purple wire ends and going in between the joins. Glue the end in place on the other side. You don't need to cover the ends of the headband since that will be covered with a ribbon that matches your hair colour.


The rest is filled in with the super fine wire. secure to the headband or wire and loosely wrap the wire around the frame, adding seed beads as you go. When the wire is in place, grab a pair of round nosed pliers (I'm sure regular pliers would be effective too) and loosely grip a random piece of fine wire, twist the pliers a few degrees to either the left or right and you will make the little staggers and zigzags I have in mine. Alternately, just curve the wire for a more organic look.


When you are finished, grab a ribbon that matches your hair colour closely. Super glue a small length to the very ends of the headband so it is a little papped and then glue and wrap the remainder around the arms until you reach the coloured ribbon on top. Secure with more glue.

Done!

Please do not use my tutorial without my permission or copy my design style for profit. You know, crafty karma and all that  Tongue

Comments and questions welcome please let me know if I missed anything or it doesn't make sense  Cheesy



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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2008 05:17:53 PM »

Oh, WOW! i'D love to see a full shot of your dress with the tiara ,please! Smiley I have to try these.
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2008 05:20:31 PM »

Wow!  Beautiful Job! 
I would have liked to have one of those years ago, but now I CAN!! 
Thank you for the inspiration and the tute, too!
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2008 05:39:48 PM »

Thankyou! Yes, make one, we can all be queens!


Here you go. The dress and flowers are also DIY. If you are interested the wedding post is linked in the thread and has some more tutes too
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2008 06:16:11 PM »

Thanks for the full pick , you look beautiful, thanks for the tute.
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2008 10:19:44 AM »

I love this!  You look amazing!  I am going to try to make one for my mother in law. for Christmas  She needs to feel pretty and feel like a queen.  Naturally I  will have to make a matching one for my daughter, the princess.  Thanks for the tute!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2008 09:11:11 PM »

I honestly was expecting much (I'm not really into tiaras), but damn, that is gorgeous! I'd even wear it!
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2008 09:19:14 PM »

I can't believe you don't have more comments on this thread!! This is such a pretty little tiara! I love the colors and how simple it looks to make it. Simply beautiful.
 
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2008 05:09:13 AM »

Thank you all! I was never one for tiaras either, I wasn't a princess little girl you know? Tongue But somehow it just worked out the right way.

And yes, every woman deserves to feel like a queen every now and then Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2010 09:42:17 AM »

Would you mind terribly if I used your tutorial to make my own wedding tiara?!? I think it is absolutely stunning and My wedding colour is also purple!!  Grin
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