Amy Labbe Tiara
Amy Labbe designs the Art-i-Cake by Amy Labbe line carried at Michaels. She graduated from KU with degree in Journalism and Art. Amy lives in small town America with her husband, three children, and two chocolate labs. She says, “This art mixes my loves; old ephemera, my collection of heritage photos, antiques, painting, collaging, my obsession with jewelry, and brassy personality all into one awesome form of art. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!”
“I was reading a blog recently…. I thought it was quite humorous. It was taking a poll on “What is the most important quality in a beauty queen? 1. Physical Beauty? 2. Sex Appeal? 3. Intelligence/Wisdom? 4. Self-Confidence? 5. Humility?” NONE OF THE ABOVE. It’s the JEWELRY! Take the Dutchess of York….Not going to win Miss America but her jewelry ROCKED! My mother says I have always been fascinated by Queens and Crowns. She still has the picture I drew with crayons at 3 years old. It is of a queen smoking a cigarette! She should have guessed at that point I was going to be a mess! (a fun one though). So I guess you could say my inspiration was…..the crown jewels! If the tiara fits... wear it.”
Find more great projects by Amy in her jewelry line Art-i-Cake.
- Jewelry Essentials Head Bands
- Bead Landing™ Stamping Metal sheets (gunmetal)
- Bead Landing™ Pearl Bucket
- Bead Landing™ Night and Day™: Iridescent Charms, Rhinestone and Pearl Chain, and Large Gunmetal Pendant with Lace
- Tim Holtz Crown and Wing Packet
- Art-i-cake: Queen Bee Pendant, and 2 Silver Glittered Crystals with Black Edging
- Metal Cutting Shears
- E6000® Adhesive
- Scrap of Lace (I cut from one of my daughters old skirts)
- 22 gauge Silver Wire
- Head Pins
Cut the metal sheet using metal cutters. I cut in the shape of a rounded triangle with curved edges on bottom. Poke holes in metal sheet at the curved edges so you can wire onto the headband. Wire the piece onto the head band. Don’t worry so much about the look just secure your wire so it doesn’t poke anyone.
Using your lace scraps, wrap the lace around the entire headband base. I wrapped yet again over the lace with wire to secure so it doesn’t move on the headband.
Using more lace and E600, glue lace over the top of your metal, both front and back. Not only does this cover your rough edges, it helps to secure the piece even further. Allow to dry completely.
Using E600Glue center gunmetal pendant to bottom center of tiara. I like to use clamps to hold in place until completely dry.
Next glue the 2 large wings from the Tim Holtz collection and Bee to center above Pendant. Clamp, and allow to dry completely.
Separate sections of the Night and Day rhinestone piece. You should have 2 runs of pearl-rhinestone-pearl-rhinestone. The extra rhinestone piece gets glued to the center lace/hematite glass piece. The 2 pieces are next glued to the bottom on each side of the center. Allow to dry completely.
The 2 glitter pendants from the Art-i-cake line and 2 iridescent charms are next to glue. They go between the wings and rhinestone/pearl pieces. While allowing your piece to dry, make more pearl drops on head pins (like we did for the necklace.)
Lastly, we fill in our empty spaces by gluing in our small pearl pieces. Allow to dry. Place on top of head, put on a pair of 4” heels and walk around your house like the queen that you are.
Check out all three exclusive projects designed by Amy Labbe.