Purity Hair Vine Free Tutorial

HOW TO HAIRVINE

Hair vines are easy to make and versatile to wear.  You can pin hair vines into your hair at the back, side or at the front.  You can make hair vines to any length so you can wear them as a small simple side detail for an evening out or make it long and weave through the length of a ponytail or braid.  Try pinning your vine in circlet-style or wrap around a bun or updo.

The hair vine pictured was made using 4mm and 6mm glass pearl beads, 0.4mm silver plated wire and our superb quality diamante rondelles added a touch of sparkle.  A set of 3 jewellery pliers is also recommended for a professional finish.

 

Start with a beaded spray

1. Cut a piece of wire about 50cm long.

2. Slide 3 of the small pearl beads onto the middle of the wire. Curve the beaded part of the wire to create a loop and twist the wire a couple of times directly below the beads to secure. Keep twisting the wires several more times until you have about 2cm of twisted wire below your beaded loop.

3. Divide the 2 wire ends and slide another 3 small pearls onto one side as before. Push up the beads to create a new loop just a little bit shorter that the first one. Twist the wires as shown in the picture.

4. Divide the two wire ends and slide on a small pearl, a diamante rondelle bead and a large pearl bead. Push the beads up to create a spray a little bit shorter than the last one. Bend the wire over the 3 beads create another spray little shorter than the last one.

5. Repeat step 4 to create a final spray.

Make a loop

6. At the base of this first beaded spray you need to make a loop (this loop is used to thread a hair pin or clip through when wearing).  To do this take the beaded spray, twist the wires together for a further 1cm and curve this twisted part of the wire around the round nosed pliers to create a loop.

7. Secure the loop by wrapping one of the untwisted wires around the base of the sprays.

 

Add further sprays

8. At this point you can twist the wires together to add more length.  If you wish you can add further sprays using the same wire.  Alternatively, I prefer to take another beaded spray just like the first and place it over the first as shown in the picture, separating the wire ends over your index finger.

8. Holding the sprays with the other hand, rotate the wire. Keep twisting until you have at least 1cm of wire.

9. Separate the wire ends and carefully cut off the 2 shortest wires with side cutting pliers.

10. Flatten any sharp edge with flat nose pliers.

 

11. Continue to add further sprays until your vine is the required length.

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12 On the final spray twist the wires together for a further 1cm and curve this twisted part of the wire around the round nosed pliers to create a loop as on the first strand.

13. Secure the loop by wrapping one of the untwisted wires around the base of the sprays.

14. Wrap the remaining wire ends round the base of the loop a couple times to secure. Carefully trim the wire ends close to the loop. Finish off the vine by smoothing down any sharp edges with flat nose pliers.

Beautiful Bridesmaid Inspiration – Midnight Blue

For our latest installment of of bridesmaid inspiration posts we’re focusing on a deep midnight blue colour palette and showing you how to get the most out of your jewellery making supplies for the big day. Midnight blue is fast becoming a classic when it comes to bridesmaid dresses, so we thought we’s share some crafty tips to complement the shade. Wedding Collage Blue

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(Bridesmaid dresses by Watters)

At BDi we have lots of products that will fit in with the blue theme, including some stunning new metallic blue crystal bicone beads that can be used to add a touch of sparkle to your jewellery making projects. Simply add them to your bracelets or necklaces along some of the beautiful royal blue pearl beads, or use them to make a spray with some fine wire for a fascinator or floral display. We also have some lovely flower findings encrusted with sapphire blue diamantes that would make the perfect delicate necklace or bracelet for something a little less traditional.

Top row l-r: Faceted crystal bicones in metallic blue, fascinator base comb in sapphire blue, round pearl beads in royal blue, diamante findings in silver and sapphire.
Bottom row l-r: Tiger tail in blue, marabou feathers in royal blue, crystal bicones in royal blue, silver diamante trim with royal blue stones.

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Why not try your hand at this beautiful blue beaded necklace and bracelet made here at BDi? This matching set would make the perfect wedding favour for bridesmaids, or could even be the bride’s ‘something blue’!

Still need some ideas? How about making a bouquet or even a table decoration out of some lovely blue satin studded with vintage style brooches and diamantes for a sparkly alternative on a classic that is sure to catch eyes? You could also use your pearl beads to decorate paper flowers to attach to hair pins, or fix them to the bride’s and bridesmaids’ shoes along with some matching ribbon to create a pair that is completely unique.

Reminiscence Side Tiara Tutorial Part 4

Free tiara making tutorial

Assembling The Tiara

Following on from my latest post this is the final part of the Reminiscence Side Tiara Instructions.  Please refer to the previous posts before putting the tiara together.  You should have all the materials ready and have already made the following parts:

1.  Three small flowers and one larger flower  following the instructions in part one.

2. Two beaded sprays following the instructions in part two.

3. Four beaded vines following the instructions in part three.

4. Begin by holding your first beaded spray in the center of the headband and wrap the untwisted wire ends around the band, securing it into place. Trim the excess wire with pliers on the outside of the band and smooth down any sharp pieces of wire with your flat nose pliers

 

5. Take one of your beaded vines and attach this to your band in the same way, so that it overlaps the beaded spray.

6. Next, cut a length of wire, about 20cm long. Thread the wire through two of the holes in your diamante flower.

7. Hold the diamante flower on to the band directly next to the beaded vine and use the wires to wrap around the band, securing one side of the flower. Trim off any excess wire with pliers.

8. With another piece of wire secure the other side of the diamante flower as before.

9. Take another of your beaded vines and attach this as in stage 4 above, directly after the diamante flat back. Trim and smooth the wire ends.

10. Next, attach one of your small beaded flowers. To do this lie the twisted prong along the band, following the line of the band. Using the untwisted wire, wrap around the length of the prong to hold the flower securely into place. Trim off any excess wire and flatten any sharp edges with pliers.

close up of tiara

11. Continue to use the same techniques to attach- the large beaded flower, followed by 2 beaded vines, the remaining small beaded flowers and a final beaded spray. Taking time to arrange them so you are happy with the positioning, I packed these final parts quite tightly together to make the side of the headband really full.

Reminiscence Side Tiara Tutorial Part 3

Side tiara instructions

The final pieces we need to make up before we can assemble our Reminiscence Tiara are the little beaded vines.  To construct a side tiara like the one in the picture, you’ll need 4 of these little beaded vines.

HOW TO MAKE THE BEADED VINES

1. Cut a piece of wire about 30cm long.

2. Slide 1 large round crystal, 1 diamante rondelle and about 9 seed beads, onto the middle of the wire. Curve the beaded part of the wire to create a loop and twist the wire a couple of times directly below the beads to secure. Keep twisting the wires several more times until you have about 1cm of twisted wire below your beaded loop.

3. Divide the 2 wire ends and slide another set of beads onto one side as before. Curve the wire to create a new loop. Twist the wire a couple of times to secure then continue twisting for about 1/2cm as before.

4. Repeat stage 3 another 3 times using alternate sides of the wire, until you have a vine with 5 beaded loops.

If you’ve followed the previous posts you should now have made; three small flowers and one larger flower following the instructions in part one, two beaded sprays using the tutorial in part two and four beaded vines as per the project above.  The final stage is to assemble the tiara.  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me through the blog, facebook or website.

 

Reminiscence Side Tiara Tutorial Part 2

side tiara banner

In part one we made the beaded flowers ready to be added to the headband.  Today I’ll explain how I make the beaded sprays.

These crystal beaded sprays are easy to make.  For this project we’ll wire them onto the headband at the final stage.  However they would be useful in other projects too, for example, used as card toppers on wedding invites, wired on to some silver hairpins, used as crystal bouquet stems or included in wedding cake decorations.

HOW TO MAKE THE BEADED SPRAYS

1. Cut a piece of wire about 40cm long.

2. Slide 4 seed beads, 1 crystal and another 4 seed beads on to the middle of the wire. Curve the beaded part of the wire to create a loop and twist the wire a couple of times directly below the beads to secure. Keep twisting the wires several more times until you have 3-4cm of twisted wire below your beaded loop.

3. Divide the 2 wire ends and slide another set of beads on to one side as before. Push up the beads to create a new loop just a little bit shorter that the first one. Twist the wires as shown in the picture.

4. Repeat stage 3 to create a third and final loop.

Tip: Be careful not to over twist the wire as this could could cause it to break.

 

For the Reminiscence side tiara you’ll need 2 of these sprays.

 

The next stage is to make the beaded vines then you’ll be ready to to put the tiara together.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me through the blog, facebook or website.

If you’ve not already seen stage one of the tutorial you can find it here!