Hera's Headdress Instructions Designed by Teri McCamish
Become a goddess on your wedding day with a headdress inspired by Greek influences on elegant Edwardian fashion. Hera was the Greek goddess of marriage and this headpiece is full of heavenly Greek style. From the copper leaves to the clusters of pearls, this design will leave everyone enchanted. This headdress is perfect for bohemian weddings, Jazz Age affairs, art nouveau inspiration and looks inspired by the Edwardian era. Discover more beautiful wedding trends and ideas here.
Step one: Brush gilders paste onto 16 of the JBB medium copper leaf links. Try to use six smaller leaves, six medium leaves and four large leaves. For help with gilders paste, please see our Handy Tip. Let the gilders paste dry over night and then buff each leaf so that some of the original copper color shines through. Finish the leaves with a sealer.
Step two: Cut a length of silk bead cord approximately six inches long. Knot the end and string on a Swarovski 4mm round pearl in Copper. See our Handy Tip for more instruction on how to knot between pearls. String on another 4mm pearl, followed by two Swarovski 5mm round pearls in Copper, three Swarovski 6mm round pearls in Copper, one Swarovski 8mm round pearl in Copper and one Swarovski 10mm round pearl in Copper, knotting in between each pearl as you go. Make another knot and cover it with a 4mm antique copper-plated clam shell bead tip with 2 rings. Trim any excess cord and add a 5mm open jump ring to the open hole on the bead tip. Repeat this step once more.
Step three: Repeat step two, only this time add one 4mm pearl, two 5mm pearls, three 6mm pearls, one 8mm pearl and one 10mm pearl. Repeat this step once more, for a total of two pearl strands with this pattern.
Step four: Repeat step two again, using this pattern of pearls: three 4mm pearls, two 5mm pearls, three 6mm pearls, one 8mm pearl and one 10mm pearl. Repeat this step once more, for a total of two pearl strands with this pattern.
Step five: Measure the circumference of your head where you want your headdress to rest. Then, cut a length of the copper small round cable chain that size. We cut ours 23 inches long. Cut another length of chain 9 inches long.
Step six: Join the ends of your long chain by attaching a 5mm copper 20 gauge open jump ring to each end and connecting them to 5mm copper 20 gauge closed jump ring. See our Handy Tip Video for help with opening and closing jump rings. Attach the 9-inch length of chain to the closed jump ring on the end of your long chain using another 5mm open jump ring.
Step seven: The short chain will go across the top of your head when wearing the headdress, so now you have to attach the other end of it to the other side of the long chain. Use a 5mm open jump ring to attach the 9-inch chain to one of the links in the long chain directly across from where you attached it in step six.
Step eight: Attach three of the pearl strands you made in steps two through four to the jump ring where the short chain is connected to the long chain on one side. They should make a nice cluster.
Step nine: Add a 5mm open jump ring to each end of one of your large copper leaf links. Add a 5mm copper 20 gauge closed jump ring to the open jump ring on one end of the leaf. Attach another 5mm open jump ring to the closed jump ring and use it to add another large copper leaf link to the dangle. Add an open jump ring to the end of this leaf and add another closed jump ring to the last jump ring added. Attach a medium copper leaf link using yet another open jump ring. Attach this dangle to the jump ring where the short chain is connected to the long chain on one side of the headdress. Make sure it is to one side of the pearl cluster, so it will rest towards the front of your headdress.
Step ten: Attach an open jump ring to the end of one of your small copper leaf links. Use the jump ring to attach the leaf to one of the jump rings where the short chain is connected to the long chain on one side of the headdress. It should be in front of the long leaf dangle you just attached in step nine, so that it is more toward the front of the headdress. The connection of the long and short chain will be between this leaf and the long leaf dangle. Use another open jump ring to attach the other end of the leaf to a link in the chain, so that it lies flat on the chain.
Step eleven: Use an open jump ring to attach a medium copper leaf link to a link in the chain next to the end of the leaf you just added in step ten. Add an open jump ring to the other end of the medium leaf and attach a closed jump ring to that open jump ring. Use another open jump ring to attach another medium leaf to the closed jump ring.
Step twelve: Use an open jump ring to attach a small copper leaf link to a link about five links over from the dangle you just added in step eleven. Add an open jump ring to the end of the leaf. Attach another open jump ring to the last jump ring you added and then attach the end of this leaf to the chain so that it lies flat on the chain. Before you close this jump ring, add a small leaf link to it. Repeat steps eight through twelve to complete the other side of your headdress.