Whether you have a little princess who enjoys playing dress up, or you have a formal occasion that necessitates a crown for a bride or a flower girl, instead of buying a ready-made crown or tiara, consider making one that will be unique and exactly the style you want. This is not an especially expensive or difficult project and when you are finished you will have a crown that you will be proud to say you made yourself. Your little princess will love it, too.
Things You'll Need
- Three 1/16-inch copper rods
- Round 11/0 seed beads
- 32 crystal beads (4 mm)
- 2 silver wide mouth beads (5 mm)
- Gold or silver beading wire (20 gauge)
- Bead cap
- Wire cutters
- Jewelry glue
Manipulate the copper rods into a U shape. Place the crown onto the head of the person who will be wearing it to make sure it is the right size.
Cut a 45-inch length of beading wire. Place 10 seed beads and 1 crystal onto the beading wire and push the beads to the point where they are approximately 6 inches from one end. Repeat the pattern of 10 seed beads and 1 crystal bead until all 32 crystals have been added to the wire (ending the beads with 10 seed beads). Position the beads so that approximately 6 inches of empty beading wire are on each end of the wire.
Place one wide-hole silver bead onto the three copper rods and the beading wire together at one end. Leave approximately 1/2 inch of copper rod extending out from the end. Wrap the beading wire around this short copper tail three times and clip the excess beading wire and copper rods with the wire cutters.
Wrap the beaded wire around the shaped copper rods until you reach the other end. Make sure that the beaded wire is arranged neatly as it wraps around the crown.
Repeat Step 3 at the other end of the copper rods.
Apply a dot of jewelry glue to one end and fit a bead cap to the end of the copper rods. Hold the bead cap securely while it dries (at least one minute). Glue the other bead cap to the other end.
Place the crown on its ends to set for at least 24 hours.
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