My first thought was of flowers, but as this piece came together, the dazzling sparkle from the Swarovski crystals reminded me more and more of stars, especially the brilliance that we see in the winter skies during the long New England nights!
My thanks go out to Artbeads.com for supplying the glorious crystals that made this piece possible. I bezelled the 18 mm Rivoli with seed beads, and used three different sizes of Margaritas (6, 8, and 10 mm) on 32 gauge gold-colored wire to crochet the centerpiece. Although I was originally thinking about making a pendant from it, it ended up becoming a hair fascinator instead. Have you heard of these? "Fascinator" is just a newer term for a hair thingie...attached usually by a comb like I used, but sometimes with a barrette or head band instead.
Instead of just wiring the piece together, I decided to place it on a fabric foundation and to back it with another piece of fabric (which has the comb sewed to it) so that the wire wouldn't end up hopelessly tangled in someone's hair. Like mine ;-)
As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received the Swarovski beads and Rivoli free of charge from Artbeads.com in order to create a project free of charge for you. I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.
Copyright 2011 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.
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