You'll be the life of the party for cocktail hour with this fun and flirty head piece! For a new approach to socialite style, complete with sparkling Swarovski crystals, give this simple idea a try.
You will need a black headband, approximately 3 feet of black tulle material and four feathers of your choice. We used peacock feathers. Feathers can be found at craft stores, sporting goods stores and other various locations.
Step one: Using Gem-Tac, glue the Cobalt Swarovski XILION rose flatbacks to the openings on the long wings of the Kabela antique brass German columbine butterfly link and one in the center. Glue the Fern Green Swarovski XILION rose flatbacks to the remaining openings on the butterfly link. Allow to dry.
Step two: Cut the feathers to simulate the shape of a butterfly, with two large feathers on top and two smaller pieces on the bottom. Cut a small circle of cardstock to serve as a base for your feathers and glue them together using Gem-Tac. Glue the butterfly link in the center of the feather shape using E-6000. Allow to dry.
Step three: Turn on the Bejeweler Pro Ergonomic tool and let it warm up before use. Affix one Swarovski hotfix XILION rose enhanced flatback in Jet to the underside of the tulle and another hotfix on the top side, laying the two back to back. We found it easier to work on top of a pot holder to keep the two flatbacks from slipping. Repeat this in a random fashion for the rest of the tulle. Read our Handy Tip if you need help using the Bejeweler.
Step four: Thread one #11 short beading needle with approximately six feet of smoke gray Fireline. Sew the tulle to the headband, leaving a 4-inch long veil to hang over one side. Do this by wrapping the tulle a couple of times around the headband and then stitching to its underside. Trim any excess thread.
Step five: Sew the brass snowflake link to one side of the headband with another needle and thread. Attach the feathers to the headband by applying E-6000 to the underside of the cardstock circle and pressing firmly onto the brass snowflake link.
Tools and Supplies Used: BeJeweler Pro Ergonomic (BEJEWELER-P) Jewel Setter 2 pack (TOOL-170) Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive (GEMTAC) Knotting Tweezers (TOOL-112) The BeadSmith #11 Short Beading Needles 12-Pack (NEED-10) The BeadSmith Smoke Gray Fireline - 50 Yards (6LB Test) (FL06SG50)
List of Components: Kabela Antique Brass German Columbine Butterfly Link (FIND-0053, qty 1) 21mm Brass Snowflake Link (FIND-0020, qty 1) Swarovski 2058 SS7 XILION Rose Flatback Cobalt (2058-COB7, qty 14) Swarovski 2058 SS7 XILION Rose Flatback Fern Green (2058-FGN7, qty 5) Swarovski H2038 SS16 Hotfix XILION Rose Flatback Jet (H2038-JET16, qty 50)
Alternate Components: These are fun alternatives to those listed above: Kabela Design Antique Brass 2 Layer Filigree Flower with Center Crystal Link (BBA-LX76) Kabela Antique Brass German Flatterhaft Butterfly Link (FIND-0050) Swarovski 2058 SS7 XILION Rose Flatback Blue Zircon (2058-BLZ7) Swarovski 2058 SS7 XILION Rose Flatback Crystal Meridian Blue (2058-CMBLU7) Swarovski 2028 SS7 XILION Rose Flatback Tanzanite (2028-TAN7)