29 January 2014

Custom Empress Regent Tiara

Empress Regent Tiara with blue stones

I sort of like doing these posts where I show all the iterations I've made of a tiara. I made the bottom tiara first, as I had these beautiful crystal beads that I wanted to showcase. Someone visiting my shop saw that tiara, and wanted one in the same design but with different colored stones. So then I tried a slightly different design, since I did not have large red crystals.

I make a sort of bezel out of polymer clay, fit a flat glass marble into it, and then string some wire through and bake it in the oven like that. When it's done baking, I pop the marble out, file the clay as needed, then spray paint the whole bezel setting gold. The marble I take and paint whatever color is need onto the flat side. I paint a thick enough layer so that the color is really rich and vibrant. I then add the smallest amount of glue to the inside of the bezel, then pop the marble back in. I don't need much glue since the fit is so tight. I can then add these hand crafted gems to the tiara frame.

Something I didn't quite notice before is that I seem to be losing pearls in every successive design! The first tiara has three pearls with the crystal, the second one has two pearls next to the bezel, and then the third one has only one pearl. I wonder what happened...I mean, obviously I didn't have enough room to add any more pearls. What can I do? Also, the name changed for each tiara. Hmm...maybe I need to be more consistent?

Gold and Ruby Tiara

Queen Regent Crown

28 January 2014

Ocean Temptresses

It really is the most fun to make mermaid tiaras. There are some words to keep in mind when coming up with mermaid tiaras: seaweed, pearls, sunken treasure, shells, fishermen nets, fish, water, and fish scales. So, any combination of these make for a fun mermaid tiara! This one uses an oyster shell. I've used epoxy resin to secure gold tone chain inside the shell, along with a faux pearl and gold tone filigree earring, loose faux pearls, and a small strand of faux pearls. Dangling from the oyster shell on chain are green crystal beads. They are meant to hang at the front of your face. Green sparkling seaweed adorns either side of the shell, and green sparkling craft findings with large kelp-like balls add volume. The band is covered in a shimmery green ribbon, and then I've added a frayed green netting, almost imitating a bridal veil. It is longer on one side, so that, evidenced by the below picture, it can flow with long hair. The green netting has been sprayed with gold glitter spray to add a glimmer. This was a fun piece to make!

Pearly Mermaid Tiara.

And another fun tiara! I used gold mussel shells on a tiara some time ago, which a lovely mermaid enthusiast bought. Because that design worked so well, I wanted to try something a little different. You'll probably all have noticed that I have a tendency to never make the same tiara again, unless someone commissions me to do so. I have way too many designs in my head to make the same thing over and over! This tiara uses four large mussel shells which have been reinforced with some epoxy resin, then sprayed gold. Faux pearls and green crystals are spaced between the shells, and then a sparkling green seaweed is placed on top of everything. Such a lovely piece, if I do say so.

Temptress of the Sea Tiara.

27 January 2014

Tiaras for Brides and Brides-to-be!

I certainly didn't invent the idea of a "Bride-to-be" tiara, but after seeing many different versions of them crop up all over the internet, I decided to try my hand at one! I've spiced up my version of the bachelorette tiara by adding a row of faux flat pearls to the base. They balance nicely with the pearl I've added for the dot in the "i."

The version pictured is for sale, naturally, but after this one sells, this will be a made-to-order tiara. Please allow up to two weeks for me to make one especially for you. The time spent on making it will depend on how busy I am. I am currently job hunting, so I've got some free time on my hands...

Bachelorette Bride Tiara.
And I've recently made a new Bachelorette Tiara! This one is with acrylic rhinestones instead of pearls. The same design, but slightly different!

Rhinestone Bride Tiara

...and, because I made the "bride-to-be" tiara above, I made a "just married" tiara as well! While you could wear the bride tiara at your bachelorette party, wedding maybe, and your honeymoon, I'd say the "just married" tiara is more for the honeymoon, or at least the trip to the airport, and the time spent waiting for the plane. You know how some brides wear their dresses to the airport so that they have an excuse to wear it longer? They could wear a tiara like this instead or with their dress! I think it'd be cute.

Same as above, the pictured tiara is for sale, but once this copy sells, it will be a made-to-order tiara.

Just Married Tiara.

25 January 2014

Flowers, College craziness, and... Sperm!

This is a lovely, classical flower headband/tiara. I handcrafted the frame from wire (as always!) and attached a sparkling green grape leaf to it. The band is wrapped in a sheer green ribbon. Pink hydrangea flowers adorn one side, and a pale pink crystal is in the middle of each flower. 

Hydrangea Headband with Crystals.

I came up with this design after thinking about tiaras with people's initials on them. Remember the "RN" tiara I made? Then I kept thinking, what if people wanted three initials? Then I thought of what other symbols/characters I can do, and when Greek letters came to mind, I immediately thought, Sorority! I've never been to a university, so I have not had the experience of being in a sorority, but I hear that they are like family, which sounds so nice! This is a random sorority I found online, Delta Upsilon Theta, but I can do any three Greek Letters, and also in as big a quantity as desired. Just give me a few weeks to get them made! Also, tiara is available in either gold, as shown, or silver.

Edit: I have been asked to take this listing down from Etsy, as the above sorority is a copyrighted/trademarked term. If you would like a similar tiara, it will have to be a custom order on the side, as I cannot list it again. Thanks.

Sorority Girl Tiara.

This tiara I am super excited about!  I have collaborated with my friend, Bethann, who runs The Silly Sperm Shop on Etsy. She supplied the sperm, I showed her my tiara sketches, and I made this tiara! It is crafted from wire, paint, ribbon, and two Sperm stress balls (obviously, their heads have been cut off). This is a huge piece, meant for a costume or party, or I thought Burning Man would be an appropriate occasion for this tiara. After all, you are wearing the Safe Sex Mascot on your head!

This tiara is meant for men or women!

Sperm Tails Tiara.

19 January 2014

Custom Initial Tiaras

 I've had my custom initial tiara listing for a long time, and I finally got an order to make a custom one! I suppose I never considered more than one initial, so when my customer wanted the title "RN" on the tiara, I thought, why not? They wanted it silver with white flowers. My original "example" tiara, with my initial of "A," is gold with pink flowers. I like both color combinations, and it's interesting how they still look like they belong to the same collection!

The initials "RN" for Registered Nurse.

The original tiara (not for sale, but as it's a custom item, you choose the letter(s). I know the Cyrillic alphabet, so I can do any of those characters, and I could do Greek or other simple symbol languages. For a single initial tiara, order one here, and for more than one letter, send me a conversation over Etsy, and I'll make a custom listing for you.

18 January 2014

Out with the old!

 Whenever I make a tiara that I really don't like, it seems that most other people don't like it much either. The tiara above was an experiment in design for me, but I never really got to liking it much, and after listing it in my shop for something like a year or more, I finally unlisted it, took the watch face off of it, and then tossed it in my box of wire. It sat there for a very long time, and I could not think of what to do with it, but I didn't want to completely disassemble it.

A week ago I went through all my supplies and sorted everything, and I discovered that I had tons of silver colored things. I've made a bunch of what I called Silver Trinket Tiaras, and when I found I had a ton of supplies left to make just such a tiara, I decided to turn my old sunburst tiara above into an awesome silvery winter creation.

I left the red glass flower beads, and they sort of peak out from the silver, as if to ask if winter is over yet. I added a lot of rhinestones to the piece, including a whole row to the bottom of the tiara. The tiara is now a huge, grand Empress piece, rather than the interesting, but somewhat odd, design it once was.

Winter Empress Tiara

Gumdrops and Sprites

 I say it every time, but I have waited too long to make a tiara! It's been at least a couple of months since I've made one, or at least it feels like it has been. These are some of the design that have been floating around my head recently.

Midnight Tiara

A simple tiara of black crystals. Quite small enough for everyday wear, and because it's black, won't look too fancy with a pair of jeans.

Gumdrop Princess Tiara

A huge fan of Candyland, this tiara is a perfect accessory for a candy-loving princess. Gumdrops are not real, by the way, they are just really realistic. I also wouldn't recommend licking them :)!
Woodland Peacock Tiara. It's actually a headband, I suppose, but a VERY fancy headband!

This has all sorts of sparkling bits, including green glass rhinestones, a green sparkling seaweed sprig, and a turquoise sprig that weaves in and out of the lovely green silk flowers.

Winter Queen Tiara
A small winter piece. Most of my winter-y creations are large and obvious, but this is a rather nice smaller one. You could wear this everyday, and is perfect for winter when you're feeling depressed from lack of sun. Because how can you not feel happy when you're wearing a tiara?

Woodland Sprite Tiara. Well, also technically a headband.

This tiara is rather large because of the leaves, but it sits close to the head, so is not as obvious as it might first seem. It is like one of those fancy hats Queen Elizabeth II wears (see pic below).

My inspiration for the above tiara? Perhaps, but subconsciously.