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Here's a bridal tiara you can make in a day and it will look gorgeous for your wedding day.

How to avoid a kitschy look? Polished wire and fake crystals are the key. I'm going for the minimalist look.

Also included are tips for making faux metal decorations for your tiara.

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Step 1: Things you need

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Fine florist's wire
Aluminium wire
Wire cutters
Long-nosed pliers
Mallet
Steel wool
Paper Clay / Cold porcelain clay
Foil sticky tape (double sided sticky-tape and silver or gold aluminium foil food wrap can also be used)
Clay Shape Cutters

Polish the aluminium wire with steel wool or wet dry sand paper to give a sparkling silver finish.

Step 2: Play with your Design

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Arrange beads in different ways until you are happy with the design. A triangular shape is usually pleasing.


Step 3: New Tip: Making Faux Metal Jewellry

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I accidentally came up with this idea while making this tiara instructable.  I wanted to make metal flowers for this tiara and thought of combining the new air-dry clay with metal tape.  The results was a quite convincing metallic flower. I used the air dry clay recipe minus the paper for a smoother finish.

  1. 1. First, I modeled the flowers. Knead the air-dry paper clay thoroughly making sure there are not lumps.  Cut the desired shape with clay shape cutters.
  2. Let dry in sun. It should take around an hour to dry thoroughly.
  3. Then stuck the metal tape on the back of the flower first. Trim the excess. The stuck the metal tape on the front of the flower.
  4. I used a knitted needle to then thoroughly smooth all the tape into the molded clay flower. Eventually all the joins in the tape merged together and were not visible.
 
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csprinkle3 years ago
because it is such a delicate looking tiara, I think a fine tulle would look better than the netting you show in the picture. JMO.
Gomi Romi (author)  csprinkle3 years ago
Thanks for that thought, I never thought of it that way. The thicker tulle I used is hidden underneath the thinner tulle to add bulk.