Re: making tiaras
- To make exquisite tiaras, look into taking a jewelry making or
I make "quick" tiaras by utilizing pieces of lace that are fashioned
or cut into the desired tiara shape, and then stiffen them with "stiff
stuff" which I find at Michael's crafts. Be generous with the coats of
the stiff stuff, and allow it to dry completely over a wax paper
covered cylindar, which will mold the curved shape of the crown. I
then encrust the stiffened lace with Swarovski crystals or colored
rhinestones. To add bugle beads to the edges, string them on fine
gauge wire, then whip tack the wire to the edges of the stiffend lace.
There are many ways to secure the finished tiara on the head. The
easiest is to push bobby pins through the holes of the lace. Another
method requires gluing it to a piano wire band with combs attached on
both ends. For use with ballet and skating costumes, in which the hair
is worn in a bun, the stiffened lace can be whip tacked to a thin,
covered elastic band (think non-bunched, thin scrunchy) or sewn to a
snood for a spanish look. All of the above techniques should be
further secured with long hair or roller pins that are criss crossed.
--- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "ethnofusion"
> does anyone know how to make a tiara?
> one that starts with making a jig for it?
> this one will be for my niece's birthday, but if it turns out well
> will prove to be very useful for me in the future.