This unusual tiara is named after Titania, the Queen of the Fairies in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and can be worn 3 ways: as a hair band, as a tiara or as a headband.
Although the bead colors and metal (copper) that I have used make it more suitable for a fairy outfit if you change the beads to pearls and crystals and the metal to silver it would certainly look sumptuous on a bride.
Tiara Titania has a very different construction from the usual bridal headpieces. A commercial base cannot be used as the entire tiara is made by hand. Don’t worry the process is fully explained and illustrated.
However, please be aware that this is an advanced project and that you need to be a proficient wireworker to attempt it.
What’s in the tutorial?
This tutorial will show you how to measure the head so you get a perfect fit making this tiara ideal for little flower girls for whom the design can be simplified. The design lends itself to many different styles as well as sizes.
The tiara base I have devised is very versatile as it is using not one but 3 wires. I have experimented with various tempers and gauges of wire for the base and this is my preferred option because very thick gauges are quite hard to work with and it is important that the base remains flexible. If you use a thinner gauge, I suggest you use half-hard wire so the base retains its shape.
There are 23 steps, 23 pages and 65 photos in the tiara Titania tutorial.
- 30ft (9m) 26 gauge (0.4mm) soft round wire
- 47” (1.20m) of 16 gauge (1.35mm) round soft wire
- 5 vertically drilled briolettes
- 35 5-6mm pearls
- 11 8mm round beads
- 20 large gem chips
- 16 6mm oval faceted crystals
- Soft jaw pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Flat nose pliers/parallel jaw pliers
- Ball pein hammer
- Bench block/anvil
- Permanent marker
- Measuring tape
- Thin wire for binding or tape