Thursday 5 September 2019

How To: Jeweled Pearl & Gemstone Headband / Birthday Crown

If you know me (or have been following along for some time) you know Birthdays are a very big deal to me. On my birthday (or.. birthday week.. month..) I am a Queen, I am the ruler of the universe. We've been traveling so much lately that I didn't have the time to make a special birthday dress, which is usually my tradition.. So I made the next best thing - a Birthday Crown. Yes, it's been 7 years since D&G walked these down the runway, which is a perfect amount of time to de-mainstream the concept👸🏼

You could do this using just glue, but I preferred to sew on the pearls & gems just cause I felt they would be more secure. I only used glue for a couple of gemstones that didn't have anything for the thread to loop through. Instead of buying all the pearls separately, I also used a trim with tiny pearls and teardrop shaped ones (I just took it apart).

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Velvet-covered, wide headband  |  All-purpose glue  |  Selection of gemstones, different size pearls, and sequins/filler bits  |  Not pictured but needle, thread & pliers to help pull the needle through

I. I started with my biggest gemstones and attached them irregularly along the band, then continued adding the rest of the stones:
II. After the stones I started adding the golden pearls...
.. Making sure that from the front I wasn't leaving any gaps with no big elements.
III. Then I went in with my biggest pearls, which I attached by looping the thread through the pearl, then a sequin piece, and finally through a tiny stopper bead, and back in through the sequin and the big pearl. I wanted the finished crown to be chunky, so I loved the look of the cylinder-shaped mini bead on top of the round pearl. But this was still me being conservative.
IV. BOOM! As I continued working on I went all out. I came up with all kinds of combos to create a 3D situation. If you wondered what Bruno Mars meant with dripping in finesse, this is it. 
Here's a couple of close-up where you see how I layered the bigger pearls, the teardrop ones, and the mini pearls to create irregular towers that give the band a crown-y feel.
From the top you see how I alternated with the pearl combos.
And from the front, how I built the 'towers' slightly taller towards the center.
Yes. Yes yes yes.




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