Post # 1
Hello, I am going to try and make my own headband. Any bee’s out there could help me out on working out sizes?
This is what I’m going to try and make – could anybody help me work out what materials and sizes I need? I’ve got the big flat pearls – they’re 13mm – hope that will work!
Post # 3
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!