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Beaded fairy princess tiara

  • 02/01/2010 4:13 pm

Here it is at long last, the fairy princess tiara I made for my niece Rylee. This is the very last item to be made for the whole fairy princess costume saga. I couldn’t believe how long it took me to finish this one, it’s been a work in progress for quite a while.

I started off with headband with holes, for the base. It was originally attached to an angel halo that had holes in the headband for the springs holding the halo up, now sadly destroyed for my art, Ah ha ha ha ha…
I got some wire that was thick and sturdy, but light, and threaded it through the head band holes, bending it into a tiara shape.

I recycled some glass beads from a broken necklace to thread onto some fine beading wire and wind around the thicker wire.

The beads are a burgundy/pink colour on one side and green on the other. I used the same colours in the coordinating ruffle wrap that will be part of Rylee’s costume. (I can use their names now, as it is after Christmas, and they have all received their gifts!)
I have also used some old pearl beads of random size and colour, kept by my Nana in her bits and pieces collection, and a few green and dark pink faceted beads on the peaks.

Lastly I covered the band with a bit of wadding and some fabric left over from the wrap and skirt to hide all the wire ends.

Here I am wearing it, as I haven’t got a photo of it on Rylee just yet. She did like it though, the first thing she said when she opened the gift was, “look, I got a crown!”.

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Polymer clay beads

  • 17/04/2009 11:25 am

Ariana's beads, flash on

I have made beads for female relatives as 21st birthday gifts.

This one was for my cousin who likes the colour pink.

I made a buterfly shape cane from the clay and cut slices to cover the large round beads.  The medium sized beads are simple jelly rolls and the small ones are puchased craft beads.

My orinal idea was to have a larger butterfly pendant with beads dangling off it, but I wasn’t happy with how the butterfly turned out, so left it out.

Here is the butterfly, and another attempt from scraps.

polymer clay butterfly experiment

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