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Kuruku
« on: September 05, 2004 12:18:37 AM »

Hi! I got married earlier on this summer and decided to get crafty and make my own wedding tiara. I'm not really a 'girly' girl so I wanted to make something mod, not frilly. The result was great - initially I thought it was a bit too gaudy but since I spent a fair bit of time on it (I think I watched 2 movies while I worked on it) I thought it would be a shame not to wear it. I got a lot of comments on it!

The stuff I used:

#28 wire
beads (the number of beads you use will vary depending on their size)
1 black metal hair comb (I got it at a bead shop, it was only about 5.00 CDN)

The entire project cost me about 40.00 CDN to make. Those beads really add up.

The first thing I did was count all the tines and figure out where the center of the tiara would be. I placed each 'tier' in between two tines.

You should figure out where you want your tiers to end at on either side and make note of it. In the end, my tiara had 18 tiers in total (no center top tier) and 9 beads on either side of the series of tiers (clear as mud right?). The hair comb has 37 tines in total.

Basically, I started by making the tiers. It was easy; I cut a piece of wire about 5" long and strung a small bead on it. Then, I took a larger bead and inserted both ends of the wire in it so the small bead acted as a
topper. All my tiers are about 1-1 1/2" in height, so when I reached that height on a tier, I placed it on the tiara and wrapped it into place, between 2 tines. It's OK if you have rough ends because they get covered up later.

When I had made and placed all the tiers, I started at one end of the tiara's tines and began to wrap wire around it, placing one bead between each two tines prior to the tiers. Once I had reached the first tier (after placing 9 beads) I began to wrap like crazy, around the tiers in every which way. This means a lot of wire and wrapping but it ends up being fairly flat and looking nice, and really secures the tiers. So, when I reached the other end of the series of tiers, I once again began to wire beads between the remaining tines. Once that was finished, I did one more wrap job on the entire thing and voila, it was finished!

Pink was one of our accent colors, so I picked all pink and clear beads in a variety of shapes and textures.

Here's some pictures (taken after the fact; my hair was much longer @ the wedding).

http://home.ripway.com/2004-9/170041/tiara1.jpg
http://home.ripway.com/2004-9/170041/tiara2.jpg
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Kuruku
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2004 12:20:09 AM »

EEEK I had no idea that the pictures would turn out to be that huge. Sorry! Now you can see every single piece of cat hair on our couch, ew!!!
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sheriffkarli
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2004 11:20:30 AM »

i can't see the pictures, but it sounds wonderful!
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Kuruku
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2004 01:25:36 PM »

Hrm - they were showing up last night Sad; I'm not sure how to fix it.
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2004 05:26:35 PM »

Try uploading your pictures to www.photobucket.com  They have a larger bandwidth.
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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2004 03:37:53 AM »

I see them now and they're a tad big yes but the tiara's gorgeous! I bet that looked lovely in your hair... any wedding pictures??  Wink
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jenni_grrr
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2004 12:12:21 AM »

Oooh, I love it. Great job.

Im having a very small wedding, nothing BIG but Ive decided Im definitely going to wear a tiara  Cheesy Because Im a princess [/Loreal commercial] Wink
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