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.
- 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
- 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)
- Round nose pliers
- Flat nose pliers
- Cut nose pliers
- Permanent marker
- Paddle pop stick
- A small round bottle (like an essential oil)
- Sticky tape
Step 1: The Headband
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.