Don’t tell me you don’t know who Max is. Where The Wild Things Are – does that remind you? No? Never mind, all you need to know is that the little hero of this book made me want to create this crown.
At first, I thought that this could be something pretty and amusing that could serve as a hair accessory for the bride. But perhaps this is actually too light-hearted to be worn for the whole day. Alternatively, it’s a beautifully poetic accessory for photos on the big day. And it only takes 5 minutes to make!
You could also entertain yourself by making one for each of the bridesmaids…
To create this project, all you need is some aluminium wire (soft and malleable), and your 10 fingers. Of course, if you have a pair or want to make more elaborate shapes, feel free to use pliers if you want to. You can easily find aluminium wire such as this in creative hobby shops, but you can also go directly to the brand’s website here.
Max’s crown was made using gold wire with a 3mm diameter, and the little tiara using notched wire with a 2.5mm diameter. Allow around 1.5m of wire for Max’s crown, and 70cm will be more than enough for the tiara.
1. For Max’s crown, start by creating a series of curves, starting from around 10cm in from one end, and leaving around 40cm at the other. Then, make them more angular by pressing hard on the sides of the triangles to gain a series of zigzags. You’re bound to end up with a few irregularities during this process, but don’t worry about this; in fact, it’s precisely what makes it so charming.
2. Form a hook at the smaller end, and close the crown by fixing it to the last triangle. You now have the basis of your crown.
3. It’s this third step that may prove more difficult (but don’t worry about it, it’s actually much easier than it may seem). You need to pass the other end in front of, and then behind, each point, a bit like weaving. Once this is done, take the time to carefully ensure that it all stays in shape, then form another hook at the other end, which you can then fix to the first hook to close the crown, before cutting off the excess wire with scissors.
4. If the base of your crown refuses to stay perfectly in place, don’t complicate life for yourself – a few ties of coordinated aluminium wire will do just fine.
5. For the tiara, the same principle applies: form the trefoils by hand, without getting too caught up with any irregularities. It’s a good idea to pinch each loop before forming the next one, and to keep 10cm free before the first and after the last trefoil. Of course, with this principle, you can also make a complete crown, if you would prefer.
6. To finish, get your tiara into shape by gently bending it, and form two little hooks at each end to keep the crown in place on your head. And there we are – that’s all there is to it!
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