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Wedding Beaded Headpiece

The bride glows wearing this glistening headpiece as she steps down the aisle.

What You Need:

The bride will love this handmade stylish headpiece.
  • 26-gauge silver wire
  • Wire cutters
  • 60--9 x 6 mm faceted oval crystal beads
  • 120--5 mm bicone crystal beads
  • 5 yards of 6-inch-wide tulle; pins; hair comb
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • 26-gauge white wire

Instructions:

1. Cut the 26-gauge silver wire into fifty 12-inch lengths.

2. Place a faceted oval bead in the center of one 12-inch wire. Fold the wire down on each side. Twist bead to join the two pieces of wire together. Spread the two wires apart. Make 12 wires beaded in this manner.

3. Place a bicone bead on one wire end. Pull the wires down around the sides of the bead and lay it at the bottom of the first twist. Twist the bead away from you; tightly twist about 1/2 inch. The twist should meet the twist from the first bead. Repeat on the right side.

4. Place the two end pieces of wire together to form a V. Twist the beads to form a tight twist to the end of the wire. Repeat for all clusters.

5. Cut a 24-inch-long piece of silver wire and do the same three-bead formation. Use this wire to start the wreath. Twist the 12-inch length of wire (use needle-nose pliers to fold and twist the length) and twist a cluster of beads on the right, 1/2 inch down from the first cluster. Wrap the 24-inch wire around the 12-inch wire. Form a third cluster under the second cluster to the left.

6. When the 12-inch wire has 2 inches left, make another cluster of three beads on another 24-inch wire. Before you twist the two wires together, hook the 12-inch wire on a single cluster of beads on the wreath. Wrap it around wire on the wreath.

7. Continue until the desired length is achieved, approximately 11 or 12 inches.

8. Fold a 48-inch piece of wire in half. Place the fold around a cluster. Add clusters (one to the right, one to the left) until the wire is full.

9. Place the ring on head, overlapping both ends to decide length, and twist the ends tightly over each other. Attach a veil.

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