Handmade Adornments for Your Enchanted Life

Saturday, November 11, 2017

creating a winter faerie crown

Here's a little behind the scenes of the creation of one of my faerie/mermaid headbands.

It is by no means a step by step how-to, though I think there is enough general info here to follow along so I encourage you to be creative and make your own version if you're feeling crafty!

I get asked about the creation process so I thought I'd share. I also get questions about pricing, which I completely understand as sometimes a piece looks really simple and the price point seems high. The supplies that go into a piece are where my pricing starts, but from there it is the time and work that go into the creation that make up the rest of the cost.

The headband crowns for instance, usually take many hours of meticulous, and sometimes tedious, fussing, but though I may occasionally... once in awhile... perhaps... want to scream 😊, I love making them.

While some people like to have an exact design before starting, I like to leave things more open. I have a basic idea in place and will lay that out along with the supplies I am drawn to for the piece, but from there I let each step of the work dictate my direction. Sometimes it's exactly what I envisioned, the odd time things change completely along the way and there is nothing of what I initially imagined left to be found. This works for me. Do what makes the most sense for you.

This piece is a little simpler, not in time and effort, but with regards to supplies. There are no shells or other odd shaped elements that need to stand upright and be precisely arranged, this one is made with an assortment of beads. Hundreds of them. Many that can't even be fully seen in the finished piece, but they build up the whole thing and they do have impact on the final look.

Anywho, enough babbling. here we go.

Supplies and tools laid out. Forming the centre of the design to build on. Beads twisted into wire-like branched are then wrapped around the headband.

Decided I definitely wanted beads along the entire length of the headband (aside from the behind the ear bit at the bottom).
 Let the wire wrapping, and getting myself tangled up, begin.
I strangely love this part. It can be a little slow going wiring one bead at a time over the entire band, but I like watching it fill in. I can see the progress as I go at this stage. At other points in the building up process you don't get that immediate visual payoff.
I also added more twisted wire branches in the centre as I wanted some silver and gray accents.

I wanted to fill out the side beads to create a more ice crystal-y (yes, that's the technical term) look.
I switched to silk thread for the addition of the seed beads. A little easier to get through smaller beads and keeps the wire from getting too bulky underneath.
The beads do like to slide around more though.

Sewing in all the seed beads takes a while as they run the entire length of the headband and are layered throughout the centre crown section.
Plus, more tangling.
Though that could just be me. 😉

You may have noticed that in this, and the above photo, I added more crystals and glass pearls to the centre section. I wire wrapped those in to add more sparkle and to fill that area out. It was too sparse as it was. I wrapped many layers of these before sewing the seed beads to that section. 

Almost finished. Kind of.
I cut a thin strip of felt to line the headband as this cleans up the overall look and while it may not completely eliminate the tangles that occur with wire wrapped items, it cuts down on them a lot.
After the felt was added and had time to fully adhere, I could see what areas needed to be filled in a little more and added beads to those areas to polish up the final piece.
Though it might be hard to see this part in the photos of the completed piece below, this last step makes a big difference.

All done!

Adorning my lovely styrofoam head model. ;)

There you have it.

Hope you enjoyed.
Hope it helped in understanding the process (or at least part of my process) a little more.
Hope it inspires you to your own creations, whatever they may be!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

falling into halloween

I've been having a little fun creating some pieces for autumn as I love the brilliant colours that are part of the upcoming season.

While I was at it, I decided to make a few halloween inspired hair clips and some jewelry. Lots of spiders this year, partly because I bought some sparkly black spider decorations at the end of last season (and I have been longing to use them), and partly mostly because I found a bag of spider charms that had been hiding from me and I figured I should use them before they wandered off again.

I stuck to simple earrings with the charms to keep some options open for people who just want a little touch of halloween adornment. The sparkly spiders went to hair clips. A small black bird flew into one clip and a couple skulls have made an appearance.

Monday, February 20, 2017

mermaids, flowers, and sale items

Flowers are everywhere.  Well, the fabric kind are.
Warmer days are appearing now and then, but we still have some time to go before the first spring shoots begin to appear here.  I couldn't wait however, so I filled my shop up with flowers.  There are three new sections; flower crowns, flower hair clips, and flower bobby pins - three different levels of adornment and three different price points to match so there are possibilities for all.

I added a few more items to my mermaid section and that's it for a bit.  I am diving into work on this collection and I can't wait to get started.  New mermaid items will be released April 1.  No April Fool's intended, I just like the day and wanted to do something I enjoy for it.

With that in mind, I need to clear out some space in my storage and tidy up my shop further so I have marked down some more items in my sale section.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

because I like to stick things in my head

...ok, so maybe in isn't the right word... or head.

However, I do like sticks.

And my hair.

And adornments.

So embellished sticks to adorn my hair are pretty perfect - which is why I finally decided to make some and add a new hair stick section to my shop.  Some for me and some for you too.  But not the same ones.  I made yours all special and new.  I'm not selling you my used ones with bits of my hair attached.  Unless that's the sort of thing you're into.  But that still seems wrong and would require me to open an entirely different sort of shop, so no thank you.  Please stop asking.

For brand new hair sticks - made just for you - click on the photo below.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

a little winter faerie coming your way

Hiya peeps!

My life has been filled with Halloween and anniversary celebrations (and vet appointments for our Xander kitty who is now doing fine -yay!).
I have managed to fit in plenty of making time as well and many new listings are up in my shop including some items in my winter faerie collection, with more on the way there - hoping to take photos this weekend.

Hope your Samhain celebrations were delightfully spooky and fun!

p.s. apparently photos don't want to load from my device right now, so I will post some when I am able to get to my desktop.

p.p.s pictures now available (in case you couldn't tell). And yes, I know I could have simply removed the bit about how the photos weren't here before, but that's not how I roll.  Stop trying to change how my brain works people! ;)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

life beyond the sea

Finally took a small break from mermaid themed items.

Ok, so that's a lie, I did list a few more of those too, but I did have fun with some chandelier earrings (which I actually love making) and a new hair clip complete with a little bird in a nest.  A few other odds and ends have shown up in my shop as well.

Here's a tiny peak:

Thursday, May 5, 2016

entangled in a net

I finally listed several of the fishnet, mermaid inspired accessories I have been creating, in my Etsy shop.  I have had them done for a while, but I was hoping to take some more editorial style photos outside to use.  Alas, spring has decided to come in quite slowly here and I got tired of waiting for warm enough weather and for nature to provide a more luscious backdrop.

Sooooo, back to my indoor set up for now.  Hopefully I will be able to get some editorial shots soon. I did post several non mermaid items as well (ok, so and I added more non-fishnet items to my mermaid collection too - I may have a bit of a mermaid addiction - are there support groups for that?)

mermaid headdress