Tutorials

BDi Design specialise in kits and components for making special occasion jewellery and hair accessories. Here on our blog we’ve added some free instructions for making jewellery, tiaras and wedding accessories. All of the supplies are available from the BDi Tiara Making Store. We also sell complete kits with printed instructions.

Purity Hair Vine Free Tutorial

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.

Purity Hair Vine 2

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.

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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!

 

Reminiscence Side Tiara Tutorial Part 1

Free tutorial, how to make a side tiara

I’m delighted to bring you this first in a new series of instructions for the stunning crystal and diamante side tiara above. If you prefer you could adapt the design to be mounted on a metal comb or forgo the base altogether and use the parts to make up as a hair vine using ideas from our hair vine tutorial.

A began my wirework journey over 17 years ago when I made my first headdress to wear at my own wedding.  I’ve discovered many different craft techniques over the years but am still regularly drawn back to wirework.  All you need to get going is a few simple techniques and some beautiful carefully chosen components…

YOU WILL NEED:
A metal headband
Silver lined seed beads
20 8mm round crystal beads
50 6mm crystal beads
A large diamante flat backed flower
0.4mm wire

Free headdress tutorial tiara making supplies offer

 

TOOLS
Side cutting pliers to cut the wire
Flat or chain nose pliers for flattening and smoothing the cut ends

PART ONE INSTRUCTIONS

In this first part we will make 3 small beaded flowers and one larger beaded flower using seed beads for the petals and a crystal for the center.

HOW TO MAKE THE BEADED FLOWERS

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

2. Slide 10 – 12 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.

3. Divide the 2 wire ends and slide about 20 seed beads on to one side. Curve the beaded part of the wire to create a larger loop and twist a couple of times to secure.

4. For a large petal, repeat stage 3 with more seed beads to create extra layers.

5. To assemble the flower take 5 petals and separate the wire ends. Hold as shown in the picture. Twist the wires together a few times to secure the petals at the base.

6. Continue twisting until the twisted part is about 3cm long and cut the twisted part with pliers at about 2.5 cm long.

7. To add the central crystal, slide the crystal into the middle of a 30cm long piece of wire and twist the 2 wires together just a couple of times to secure. Place the crystal in the centre of the flower and wrap the wire around the base of the flower a couple of times.

Tip: Don’t cut these wires yet, you’ll use them to attach the flowers to your headband.

The next stage is to make the beaded sprays and vines ready to to put the tiara together.  
 
 
If you like this you may also like the Catherine wheel flower tutorial here
 
 
 

Make A Birdcage Veil

 

(model also wears cascade earrings available as a kit with instructions from the tiaramaking website)

Birdcage veils are so pretty and its easy to make one for a fraction of the cost of buying in bridal shops.  The added benefit of making your own veil is you can experiment with different shapes before committing the final few stitches so you can be sure your veil sits exactly as you want.

All you need is:
Veil fabric
Your choice of hair accessory base
Needle and thread

1. Take a length of veiling about 85cm to 1m long and cut off the corners.

cutting the birdcage veil

2. Thread a needle and bring both thread ends together with a knot at the end and then feed the needle through a hole in the fabric. Feed the needle back through the loop in the thread to secure the first stitch.

veil sewing

3. Weave the needle through the holes in the fabric along the 3 short sides.

4. Pull the thread to gather the fabric to your taste, when you are happy with the look secure the gather with a few stitches.

5. Sew the gathered edge to a headband or comb (this is easier if you first wrap the comb or headband with ribbon) or a fascinator base.

6.  Veils can be left plain or finished with your choice of embellishments.  Try one of our brooches or beaded applique for quick and easy vintage style sparkle.

For all the supplies needed head over to www.tiaramaking.com

Our veiling, hair accessories brooches and appliques and many more BDi Tiaramaking products are also available throughout the UK in your local hobbycraft store.

 

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Make An Antique Silver Leaf Bracelet

Leaf Toggle Clasp Bracelet tutorial

Easy jewellery making tutorial and instructions to make a crystal bracelet with a leaf toggle clasp.

If you tuned in to our show on Create & Craft TV last week (if you’re quick you may catch it here!), you would have spotted Jo wearing the lovely leaf toggle clasp bracelet. We’ve had some great feedback about the bracelet, so thought we would show you how easy it is to make yourself!

You will need:
Tiger tail beading wire & crimp beads
4cm Antique silver leaf toggle clasp
Snowflake spacer beads
8mm Crystal disco ball beads
Jump rings

 

How to make:

Firstly, cut approx 9 inches of tiger tail and thread on a crimp bead. Feed the end of the wire back through the bead to create a loop, and flatten the crimp bead into place with flat nose pliers.

Using a jump ring, attach the bar part of the toggle clasp to the loop you have just created.

Thread on one crystal disco ball bead followed by six snowflake spacer beads. Repeat this another six times, and finish off with a final disco ball. (To create the pattern you will need a total of 7 disco balls and 42 spacer beads.)

At the end of your last bead, thread on a crimp bead and feed the end of the tiger tail back through to create a loop, the same way as the first step. Then attach your leaf clasp securely by threading a jump ring through the loop on the back of the leaf, and the loop you have created at the end of the bracelet.

How about turning your bracelet into a beautiful necklace?

Create an necklace using a length of heavy chain finished off with another leaf toggle clasp.  You can wear the chain alone or use the toggle clasps to attach the bracelet to the front as shown below.

Leaf Toggle Clasp Necklace

 

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