Hair Piece – any DIY jewellers out there?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
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@glimmerybride: 

I would suggest getting a selection of swarovski bicones in crystal clear: http://www.firemountaingems.com/itemdetails/H201100CY

They have a nice sparkle without being overly irradescent. 3mm-6mm are probably the size to look for. 3mm is tinier than it seems like it would be. I use mainly 4 or 5 mm for bridal bead work. 

You’ll also need a thin wire that can sustain shaping:

Zebra wire is a pretty good brand: http://www.firemountaingems.com/itemdetails/H201491WR   
For reference, floral stem wire is usually 18-20 gauge. And the higher the number, the smaller the size. So a finer wire will be like 26 gauge. And a really thick wire will be like a 12 gauge. You want it to be small enough to go through the tiny bead holes.

 

Since you’re using wire, you won’t need to worry about a needle.

 

The pearls are potato shaped or rice fresh water pearls. Or you can get swarovski man-made pearls. All pretty much the same.  Fire Mountain (the best bead shop on earth) also has a bunch to choose from. http://www.firemountaingems.com/search/?Keywords=pearl

 

With all of the components you can go cheaper by using glass beads or glass pearls. But by buying at the FM wholesale rates (and $5 shipping!), it’s not that much more expensive to buy the real deal and have a beautiful heirloom piece!

 

 

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