Princess Twist Headband Instructions Designed by Cynthia Kimura
Seed beads can be used in so many ways — even in hair accessories! Cynthia used beautiful seed beads from one of our Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blends to create a wonderful braided look in her headband. The seed bead strands work wonderfully together and will add some color to your style. You can see other ideas for using beads in hair accessories in this Artbeads Cafe episode.
Step one: Cut six lengths of jewelry wire approximately 30 inches long each. Slide the ends of the strands into a JBB antique silver-plated pewter crimp end cap with loop and crimp the end cap shut around the strands. For help with crimp ends, please see our Handy Tip.
Step two: String frosted pink beads from the Artbeads Tranquil Serenity Designer Blend onto two strands next to each other. Then, string pale blue beads from the blend onto the next two strands. String shiny purple beads from the blend onto the last two strands.
Step three: Create a three-strand braid with these beaded strands, grouping the same colors together into one strand. Continue the braid until you have enough for the top of your headband. Remove any beads you don't want to use from the strand. Trim the ends of the wire and slide them into a crimp end cap. Crimp the end cap shut around the strands.
Step four: Attach a sterling silver 7.0mm open jump ring to the crimp ends on both ends of your headband. For help opening and closing jump rings, please see our Handy Tip Video.
Step five: Cut a length of elastic for the bottom half of your headband. Slide one end through the jump ring on one end of the headband and stitch the end to the body of the elastic. This will keep the elastic secure to the jump ring. Repeat on the other end of the elastic and the headband. When cutting your elastic to size, err on the side of too big. You can always trim down the elastic to make the headband fit properly.
Tools & Supplies: KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Black (STRNG-0116) The BeadSmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-04) GS Hypo Cement (GS-HYPO) Artbeads Designer Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .019 30-Feet (9.1 Meters) (ZP49-30F-019) German Ergonomic Side cutters (TOOL-507) Bead Crimper Tool (TOOL-100) German Ergonomic Flat Nose Pliers (TOOL-505)
List of Components: Artbeads Tranquil Serenity Designer Blend, TOHO 8/0 Round Seed Beads (ADB0405, qty 3) Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.050 x .280 inches (1.27 x 7.0mm) (SS-OJR50-E, qty 2) JBB Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Crimp End Cap with Loop (PSA-CREND001, qty 2)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: Artbeads Go Team Designer Blend, 8/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads (ADB0244) JBB Silver-Plated Pewter Crimp End Cap with Loop (PS-CREND001)