Supplies to Make Tiaras

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Supplies to Make Tiaras
Even homemade tiaras should sparkle like they're made for royalty. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A tiara is just the thing for spicing up a wedding dress, costume or prom gown. With a homemade tiara, you can both custom fit your crown and match it to the colour and design aesthetic you want. Though tiaras come in many shapes and sizes, a few basic craft supplies and tools will be enough to help you create almost any type of design you like, whether you're looking for something discreet and understated or extravagant and fit for a queen.

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Wire

Most tiara designs will use craft wire, usually in a couple different degrees of thickness. For the main structural portions of the tiara, you'll want a wire of at least 20 gauge (2.4mm thick). If you want to weave any beadwork around this portion, use a thinner wire to keep things tidy.

Rhinestones

There are two basic types of rhinestones you can use when creating your tiara; flat-backed gems and jewel-like beads. With beads, it's easy to secure your sparkly stones by wrapping the tiara in lengths of wire-strung work. Rhinestones can give you a more dramatic look with bigger, sparklier pieces, but you'll need to secure them with glue or solder.

Headband

For a tiara that sits like a little triangle in the middle of your head, use a metal U-shaped headband as the basis of your design and build the gem structure on the top centre. You can usually find simple wire headbands in big-box stores, though they may have some small decorations glued to them that you can remove using needle-nosed pliers.

Soldering Iron

If you want a really professional look for your tiara, use a soldering iron to join together the pieces of wire. You can also solder metal-set glass rhinestones to the metal frame and wire pieces. For best results with jewellery soldering, melt the solder directly onto the iron, then apply it, rather than trying to position the solder on the tiara before melting it.

Glues

Since you're joining together glass or hard plastics with metal, you need a stronger glue for the work. Hot glues can work on some chunkier tiara designs, but for best results, you'll usually want epoxy, silicone adhesive or cyanoacrylate glue. Silicone is probably the easiest of these to work with, but you have to resist the temptation to handle the finished project for 24 hours. Cyanoacrylate and epoxy will be usable within minutes.

Spray Glitter

A coat of spray glitter will give your tiara a finishing touch of extra sparkle and help cover up any problem spots that perhaps didn't turn out quite the way you intended. If you can't find spray glitter, substitute spray adhesive, followed by sprinkling a fine glitter dust. Don't use standard, coarse glitter, but find some that's more powdery, like glitter for eye make-up.

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