HSF #18: Red And Gold Regency Tiara

The theme of this HSF challenge is Re-make, Re-use, and Re-fashion. For this challenge I took two modern bracelets and turned them into a Regency tiara.

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Red and gold Regency inspired tiara.

The facts:

Fabric: None! But I started with two modern bracelets that were a gift from my mom.

Pattern: None.

Year: Loosely 1790-1820, but who knows, perhaps this will find a use in another period as well!

Notions: Gold wire and hot glue.

How historically accurate?: I give it 50%. This is absolutely on the more on the historically inspired side of things rather than the accurate historic costume side of things. The jewels are almost certainly plastic and the design is based on general Regency styles rather than any specific inspiration. Oh, they also did not have hot glue back then…

Hours to complete: 2.

First worn: Has not been worn yet, but will get worn to a Regency ball in Chelmsford, MA on October 5th!

Total cost: Free (the wire and the hot glue was in the stash)!

Here are some more shots of the construction of this tiara:

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In the beginning: stretchy bracelets. Thanks mom!

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The loose jewels after I cut off the elastic.

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Another possible design. I decided against having some of the jewels turned on their corners. It would have been hard to engineer and, after all, simplicity was a popular style in the Regency!

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The back of the tiara, where you can see the wires holding it together. There is also a loop at the center of the bottom row of jewels so I can pin the tiara to my hair at that point to keep it from bouncing.

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There are wire loops at the ends of the tiara so I can pin it to my hair. The hot glue covers the ends of the wires so they don’t also catch my hair.

That’s all for now. When I wear this I’ll be sure to take more pictures!

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7 responses to “HSF #18: Red And Gold Regency Tiara

  1. That is beautiful, Quinn! How creative! I’ve been doing some crafting/jewelry projects lately as well, though I’ve never tried making a tiara before. Excellent work!

    Happy sewing,
    Katrina

  2. That is really pretty. I didn’t realize you made it. I saw the picture quickly go by while scrolling though blogger and I was like, oh antique jewelry. Cool. And then I looked again and realized you made it. Nice job!

  3. This is just so clever! Thanks so much for posting how you did it, I may have to haunt my local Forever 21 and see if I can do something similar.

  4. Ok….this is genius!! I may have to borrow your fabulous idea!! Great job Quinn!!

    Blessings!

    Gina

  5. This looks great – so creative!

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