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    Hi all

    I've decided to try my hand at tiaras and hair combs, but I have a few questions...

    What gauge or type of wire do I need? And how do you secure the end of the wire onto the band?

    With hair combs, do i use glue, or wire to attach the beads? And is there anywhere that sells bulk combs?

    Do i need anything else that I may not already have in my 'kit' to make them?

    Any advice or help will be gratefully accepted - am so excited to try them out...

    xx
    Last edited by gemmaslittletreasures; 06-09-2010, 12:41 PM.

  • #2
    the gauge of wire depends what you are doing, 24 for twisting and 28 for wrapping

    wrap the end of the wire around the band several times and squeeze with the pliers, add a dab of glue if needed

    tiaramaking.com is a good site for supplies
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    • #3
      Im doing the same thing Gemma, im experimenting at the moment.
      Somebody pointed out that you need glue that doesnt melt otherwise youl have very unhappy, gluey haired bride.
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      • #4
        Not sure of the gauges but I use .4mm and .8mm from www.wires.co.uk.
        You may not need to use glue if you wrap reasonably tight. I would use wire for the combs as well.

        Melanie

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        • #5
          Thanks for the advice, will check out the suggested websites.
          With the glue and end finishing, I've had a thought of maybe soldering the ends of the wire either side to the inside of the band, what do you reckon? Would save potentially having a glue problem. or try and add a detail to the ends that looks part of it but is really there to cover the end... Small but of material maybe?
          Hmmm the ideas are flowing now, must stop rambling lol
          XX

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          • #6
            you have to remember that the ends of the band goes into the hair so you dont see them at all, so you dont want any detail there

            never had a glue problem! just use a tiny dab of bostik
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            • #7
              I've recently tried hairslides after watching the JewelleryMaker on Sky channel 655. I've started making a couple of pearl ones so far, really enjoyed twisting and curling and just need to finish them off at the fronts. They have tiara & hairslide starter kits with a cd showing methods, they also demonstrate other techniques during the day. I've been watching demos on Youtube too. I found that although they recommend 0.4mm it can snap if you twist it a little too much, so be careful, I'm trying 0.5mm to see if I get on better with a thicker gauge. Some demos just show the end/beginning wire being tucked in, pressed and then wrapped over when finishing with the 0.6/0.8mm wire. I haven't heard about the glue so that's something for me to look out for. I've found things so far on ebay, taking time to compare the pictures and prices etc., takes a bit of time but once you find nice items at a decent price it feels good Good luck
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              • #8
                Hi

                I make quite a lot of tiaras and headbands but have only ever used glue when attaching feathers and would never solder. I start with a tiara band and mainly use 0.4mm silver plated wire. By using a twisting technique with the 0.4mm you can achieve some lovely and different designs - i've tried to attach some pictures (first time i've done this so not sure how they'll show up). I would just recommend that you use a nice bright silver wire, some can be quite dull in colour and don't look as nice.

                Bit of a shameless plug but I sell the wire and tiara bands on my website www.beadelicious-beads.co.uk and also run tiara making workshops but if you can't get on a course I would strongly recommend a tiara book by the Nottingham Bead Shop for getting strarted. It covers all the basics, is really easy to follow and has lots of good pictures to help you along the way.

                Good luck - i love making tiaras so am sure you'll have lots of fun.


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                • #9
                  Just been on tiaramaking.com - omg I want it all!! How stunning - think i'm gonna need to save up for a few weeks

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                  • #10
                    Luby, can I ask what glue you use?
                    https://folksy.com/shops/GrimmExhibition


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                    • #11
                      Hi

                      I only use glue for to attach the feathers on the design i've attached below and I just use a glue gun. It takes a little practice but i can add quite small blobs to hold each feather in place and I then add the twisted wire stalks by wrapping the wire around the feathers at the base where I have glued them and then cover the wire and glue at the base with crystals. I only use the glue to attach the feathers - the rest is all attached with wire.



                      Hope that helps

                      xx
                      Luby

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