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Picture of The Facinating Squid
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So everyone agrees squids are totally awesome, right? But not everyone thinks so; and short of having a giant well-trained land squid to follow you around showing those haters how cool squids really are there’s not much you can do, right? Wrong! Introducing the Fascinating Squid - it’s the perfect head gear for a day at the races, parties, other social events and lazing around the house in pajamas.

Materials

  • A headband base
  • Blue packing tape (or a shiny/reflective blue fabric)
  • Black netting
  • Black and blue felt (if you don’t have blue felt lying around just use black)
  • Sacrificial necklace like mine (or more Copper/Aluminium roll or heavier wire)
  • Silver seed beads
  • A crystal bead
  • 2 flat beads
  • 26 Gage craft wire (in the jewelry making section of craft stores)
  • Copper/Aluminium roll (see picture)
  • A small sheet of plastic or heavy card (mine was scavenged from a take away container)
  • A sheet of paper

Tools

  • Pegs
  • Scissors
  • Small nail scissors
  • Tacky glue (I used Selley’s Kwik Grip)
  • 2 part epoxy resin (mine came with a mixing tray and mixer if yours doesn't then ensure you have them)
  • Tweezers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Cut nose pliers
  • Permanent marker
  • Paddle pop stick
  • A small round bottle (like an essential oil)
  • Ruler
  • Sticky tape

 
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Step 1: The Headband

Picture of The Headband
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Take the blue packing tape and stick it to the headband – don’t worry about bubbles as they will be hidden by the netting. Cut the netting into a strip(s) about 2 cm wide then begin wrapping it around the headband, overlapping the edges as you go. Once you get to the end hold the netting in place with one of the pegs for now.

Cut a strip of felt the width of the widest part of the headband and long enough to line the inside of it. Like me you may have to cut two strips for the length. Spread about 5-10 cm of glue at one end inside the headband, then press the felt in place and peg it down. Again spread another 5cm or so of glue inside the headband and press/peg the felt in place. Repeat until you’ve lined the underside of the headband with felt. Once the glue is (reasonably) dry remove the pegs and use a pair of small nail scissors to trim the edges of the felt to match the headband.

I originally planned to use fabric for under the netting, but didn’t have anything shiny in the right shade of blue, so if you decide to use fabric choose something that will catch the light along with your metal squid.

XD Nice, very different. But of course in the good way.

BLR_RAVI4 months ago
creative and fresh idea..i hope edges are not sharp ..as they can damage skin..
Alabee (author)  BLR_RAVI4 months ago

Thanks. I'm particularly talented at accidentally cutting myself on things so I made sure all the sharp edges were folded in or covered with felt.

poofrabbit4 months ago

This is fantastic!! It makes me happy everytime I view it, and I would wear one all the time! Nice work!

Alabee (author)  poofrabbit4 months ago

Thank you. I do wear it a lot. I find it adds a level of sophistication previously un-reached by my daggy winter pajamas =D

This is amazing! I would wear this every day!

Alabee (author)  Danger is my middle name4 months ago

I do - it sits right next to my computer so whenever I'm pondering what to write it gets popped on my head so the squid brain can take over and write something awesome.

Absolutely beautiful! I love projects that are done just for fun and the challenge of it. Great work.
Alabee (author)  DeandrasCrafts4 months ago

Thank you!

bagnitsch4 months ago
would make a great steampunk costume accessory.
Alabee (author)  bagnitsch4 months ago

Definitely; I just need some fancier steampunk threads to do it justice.

lvhui4 months ago

it's funny for party

LE-RZ4 months ago
EPIC!
watchmeflyy4 months ago

I love how you used wire and sheet metal. :)