This project uses size 10 crochet cotton thread, size 5 tatting needle(or shuttle), 45 3mm/4mm swarovski crystals, 1 piece of wire at 6.5cm and 2 pieces at 17.5cm, jewelry pliers, scissors, steel crochet hook (optional for joins)
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This mask as well as many of my other tatted creations can be found in my Etsy store. If you have any questions or problem, please let me know. This is my very first instructable so I'm certain it's a bit of a rough draft.
Step 1: Wire Eyes
Step 2: Center Medallion
Outside: ring(r) 8ds join to center picot(+) 8ds close(cl) reverse work(rw), r 4ds 1p 3ds 1p 1ds cl do not reverse(dnr), r 1ds+3ds 1p 3ds 1p 1ds, Split ring(sr) 1ds+3ds/4ds cl rw
Continue in this way around the center ring joining the top picots of the 2nd and 4th clovers to the eye wires. Join the 8th clover to the first by the side picots.
Refer the picture for joins.
Step 3: Side Medallions
First load 6 beads onto the thread for each medallion using a beading needle. Make the medallion in the same manner as the center medallion except there are only 6 clovers around leaving 2 free picots on the center ring. Add beads to the top picot of each clover as you tat.
Set these aside and they will be joined during the next step.
Step 4: 1st Round
r 3ds join to top picot of clover 3ds join to wire 3ds 1p 3ds cl rw, chain(ch) 6ds 1p 3ds 1p 3ds 1p 6ds cl rw, 3ds+3ds+3ds 1p 3ds cl rw, ch 6ds 1p 3ds 1p 3ds 1p 6ds cl rw, r 3ds+3ds+3ds 1p 3ds cl rw, ch6 cl rw, r 3ds+3ds+3ds 1p 3ds cl rw, 6ds 1p 3ds 1p 3ds join to side picot of side medallion 6ds cl rw, r 3ds 1p 3ds+3ds+3ds cl rw, ch6 cl dnr, r 4ds join to 1st free picot of the center ring of the side medallion 2ds join to next picot 4ds cl dnr, ch6
Continue around mirroring the top edge, after last ring: ch6 cl rw, r 3ds+3ds+3ds 1p 3ds cl rw, ch 5ds 1p 3ds 1p 3ds 1p 5ds, r 3ds 1p 3ds 1p 3ds 1p 3ds cl rw, ch 5ds 1p 3ds 1p 3ds 1p 5ds cl rw, r 3ds 1p 3ds+3ds 1p 3ds cl rw
Continue around the other eye in the same manner referring to the pictures for the joins.
Step 5: 2nd Round Top
Begin at the left side of mask: 3ds 1p 3ds join to first empty chain(see photo) 3ds 1p 3ds cl rw, ch 5ds+3ds 1p 3ds+6ds cl rw, r 3ds+3ds 1p 3ds cl rw, ch 6ds1p 3ds 1p 3ds 1p 6ds cl rw, r 3ds+3ds+3ds 1p 3ds cl rw, ch 6ds cl rw, r 3ds 1p 3ds+3ds 1p 3ds cl rw, ch 6ds 1p 3ds 1p 3ds 1p 6ds cl rw, 3ds+3ds+3ds+3ds cl rw, ch 6ds cl rw, 3ds 1p 3ds join in between clovers 3ds 1p 3ds cl rw, ch 6ds 1p 3ds 1p 3ds 1p 6ds cl rw, r 3ds 1p 3ds join to top clover 3ds 1p 3ds cl rw, r 4ds 1p 4ds cl rw
Continue the second side as a mirror to the first.
Step 6: 2nd Row Bottom
Make a chain of 6 clovers the same as the ones on the medallions across each side of the bottom attaching where shown in the photos and adding beads to the top picot.
Step 7: Floating Rings
Step 8: Nose Wire
Step 9: Finishing
You will need to go around both eyes as well as wrap the nose wire to hide as much of the metal as possible.
You will need to iron the mask with steam taking care to lay all the rings and chains down well. You may use a fabric stiffener to help the mask stand up. Use a long ribbon to thread through the side medallions to wear the mask. Your may want to try the ribbon in several places to find your perfect fit and press the wire to your face to shape it.
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