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Making a Who Dat Tiara!

Here are my pictures on the process of making a tiara.
I made this last Friday at The Bead Shop and the process was so meditative.  I absolutely enjoyed it!  Merci Sarah.  

Starting with a simple tiara a frame was made (the big pointy loops on top).  The frame will be used to hold another set of beads.

Next was adding the gold to a smaller gauge wire and mimic the frame.

Voila!  The beads following the frame of the tiara.  The wire with beads was then secured on to the frame with small gauge wire.

Now for the black and gold.  I had to decide on the pattern and how many beads I will need to go under the frame.  So here is my way of testing things out.  Of course I needed more beads then I thought.

Using 26 gauge wire I added beads under the frame and secured it to the tiara and the frame.

A close up.

To finish it off I added a fleur de lis.  Now it's game time!

Awww.  Here's Laura being a great model!  Merci Laura!  She's a talented artist and her work can be found here.

Like I said in an earlier post.  I wrapped the band part with velvet ribbon for that extra comfort.  I think it should go in my Etsy shop.

Now it's time for some SEC football!!!

Have a great Saturday!


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