Perfect for weddings, christmas parties and everyday wear!
Shiny beads and a couple of plastic toys are the perfect materials for a tiara fit for a queen. This one was made with elephants, but you can use anything from dollhouse furniture to lego men. Perfect for weddings, christmas parties and everyday wear!
<b>Project by Sara Evans from the book Making Stuff: An Alternative Craft Book.</b>
Sara is based in Bristol, and after a brief career in healthcare, is now studying ceramics at Bath University. She has always been creatively inclined and has dabbled in glass, jewellery, drawing, sewing and baking. She has made a series of tiaras using everything she can get her hands on. Sara is a firm believer in the power of craft: “I think in this society of mass production and cheap imports we need to learn/relearn the pleasure of making things with our hands.”
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Cut approximately 10 cm of the 1 mm wire and use it to attach plastic toys of your choice to the tiara band: Cut one end of the wire into a sharp point and insert into the underside of the plastic object. You may need to use the flat nose pliers to grip the wire in order to push it in.
Wind the other end of the wire around the tiara band where you want the elephant/other toy to sit. You will need to wind it around at least twice. If it seems a bit wobbly, squeeze it tight with the flat nose pliers. Snip off any extra wire—and be careful to twist it away from where the tiara will rest on your head.
Use the 0.5 mm wire to attach the beads and jewels. This is something you will probably find your own way of doing and you can make up your own designs and formations. However, to make a start cut a fairly long piece of wire— perhaps 20 cm—and thread some beads on to it (odd numbers work well with a big bead in the middle). Position the beads in the middle of the length of wire and make the whole thing into a hoop. Twist the wire ends together a few times and then wind around the tiara band. Squeeze it tight with the pliers to secure.
Carry on adding beads and jewels until you achieve the desired effect.
Use the Araldite resin to secure any wobbly bits.
Wear your tiara with flair and party like a princess!