Ring in the New Year with a dazzling tiara made of Swarovski crystal beads from Jolee’s Jewels. The beads’ AB finish enhances sparkle and radiance for a striking effect. Designed by Diana Jorge for Jolee’s Jewels.
- Jolee’s Jewels – 4 mm Round Beads, Crystal AB, 24 pieces
- Jolee’s Jewels – 4mm Bicone Beads, Crystal AB, 56 pieces
- Jolee’s Jewels – 6 mm Bicone Beads, Crystal AB, 13 pieces
- Delicas Size 11˚ Seed Beads, Crystal AB, 72 pieces
- Headpins, 9
- Necklace Memory Wire
- 26 Gauge Wire, 12 Inches
- Round Nose Pliers
- Bent Nose Pliers
- Wire Cutters
- Memory Wire Cutters
Cut a piece of memory wire with ¼” inch overlap. Use round nose pliers to make a loop at one end.
Use a head pin to create 4mm beaded points for the tiara: thread on one 4mm bicone, two seed beads, two 4mm bicones and two seed beads, close with an eye pin loop, make 6.
Use a head pin to create 6mm beaded points for the tiara: thread on one 6mm bicone, two seed beads, two 4 mm bicones and two seed beads, close with an eye pin loop, make 3.
Take 2 of the headpins with 6mm beads and 4 of the rest and bend the plain loop at a slight angle. When stringing, the headpins should be added so that they form a fan shape, with the bent headpins on either side of a straight one. The 6mm headpins will go in the center of the tiara. Set headpins aside.
Thread on the memory wire bicone beads and finished head pins in the following order: thirty seed beads, twelve 4mm bicones, one 6mm bicone, one 4mm bicone, one 6mm bicone, one 4mm bicone, one 6mm bicones, three 4mm headpins, one 6mm bicone, two 4mm bicones, one 6mm bicone, three 6mm headpins. Continue threading on the beads and headpins in the reverse order to mirror the first half of the tiara base. Once complete, secure the beads on the memory wire by folding a piece of tape over the end.
Leaving a 1” inch tail, wrap the 26 gauge wire around the memory wire base next to the second 6mm bicone bead. Add one seed, one 4mm round and one seed bead.
Wrap the wire around the first headpin between the two 4mm bicones once. Add one 4mm round and wrap the wire around the second headpin. Continue until you have formed an arch. Wrap the wire around the memory wire base twice between the two 4 mm bicones and continue adding beads and wrapping around headpins.
Once the last arch is completed, wrap the wire around the memory wire base three times. Trim and tuck in any excess wires. Remove the tape and make a loop at the end of the memory wire.