You can make a crystal and pearl beaded bridal tiara to coordinate with any wedding hairstyle for a fraction of the cost of purchasing one at a bridal shop. Use tiny clear crystal seed beads and white pearls for an elegant and traditional bridal hair accessory. Alternatively, use multicolour crystal beads and oversized pearls for a flamboyant hair accessory for an nontraditional bride. If you have any material left over, consider making a matching necklace or bracelet to coordinate bridal fashion accessories.
Cut a 20-inch length of thick gauge jewellery wire and fold the wire in half. Beginning at one end, twist the wire all the way along the length to join the two sides of the folded wire.
Form a loop at both ends of the twisted wire and pinch each loop closed with a pair of needle-nose pliers.
Cut 10 pieces of thin gauge jewellery wire. Each should be about 3 inches long.
Gather the pieces together so that the ends are even with one another. Pull one of the wires downward slightly so that it protrudes from the bottom of the bunch by about ½ inch. This tiny piece of wire will be used later to wrap the section around the tiara. Wrap all of the wires together by twisting them around each other with the needle-nose pliers. Fan out the tops of the wires. Cut some of the wire tops to make different lengths of wire. Repeat this step four more times to make a total of five wire bunches.
Thread crystal seed beads onto each wire, leaving a 1/2-inch space at the end of each wire to add a pearl. Thread the pearl onto the wire and bend the tiny bit of wire protruding from the pearl with the needle-nose pliers.
Wrap the ½-inch protrusion from each bunch made in step 4 around the long twisted wire with the needle nose pliers. This attaches the bunches of beaded wire to the tiara. Wrap the first bunch around the centre of the wire and then space out the remaining bunches to the left and right of the centre bunch.
Pin the tiara in your hair by slipping hairpins through the loops at each end of the tiara.
Things you need
- Thick-gauge jewellery wire
- Needle-nose pliers
- Thin-gauge jewellery wire
- Crystal seed beads
- 8mm pearls