How to Make a Medieval Circlet

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Add a decorative pendant to the front, center of the circlet.
Add a decorative pendant to the front, center of the circlet. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Create a realistic looking circlet from the medieval era from a little bit of jewelry wire and some of your favorite beads. You can add a decorative pendant to hang down on your forehead and embellish the circlet with crystal or metallic seed beads and larger decorative beads. The circlet makes a great fashion accessory to a Halloween costume, but you can also wear it any time to show off your unique taste in jewelry.

Things You'll Need

  • Sewing tape measure
  • Thin-gauge jewelry wire
  • Beaded pendant
  • Medium-size beads or seed beads
  • Large decorative beads
  • Medium-size decorative beads
  • Needle-nose pliers

Measure the circumference of your head. Begin about 1 inch below the top of your forehead and wrap the tape measure around your head, about 1 inch above your ears and then back to 1 inch below the top of your forehead.

Cut a length of thin-gauge, pliable jewelry wire to the measurement obtained in Step 1.

Fold the wire in half to find the center and slide a small, beaded pendant onto the wire to the center.

Slide six medium-size beads or 15 seed beads onto the wire, on each side of the pendant. Slide one of the large beads onto each side of the wire. Add another six medium-size beads or 15 seed beads to each side and then a medium-size decorative bead.

Continue to add the medium-size or small seed beads. Stop when you reach about 1/4 inch from each end.

Wrap the 1/4 inch of wire at each end together to form a circle from the wire. Wrap tightly with a pair of needle-nose pliers.

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References

  • "Tiaras: How to Make with Beads and Wire"; Hana Glover; 2005.
  • "Bead & Wire Art Jewelry: Techniques & Designs for All Skill Levels"; J. Marsha Michler; 2006.
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