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Beaded crown tutorial 
13th-Jul-2004 11:20 pm
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I've been asked to make a tutorial for beaded crowns, so I finally got around to it. These are the instructions for the beaded crown in the Gothloli pattern book 1. I translated the directions and tried to explain them in further detail, but you should be able to consult the pictures if my wording is confusing (which I'm sure it is). Feel free to ask me for clarification of any parts.

Beaded Crown

Pearl beads: 58 of 8mm, 60 of 6mm -- You can get them in huge packs of 100 or more usually for 99 cents in the craft store
Wire: 28 or 26 gauge, about 2 and a half yards --Can also get in craft stores in rolls of 40 yards or more, also for about 99 cents
Ribbon (2 yards) or hair comb
Needle-nose pliers and wire cutters
Mysterious self-attaching Japanese rhinestone things (??)

1) Make the base
Cut two pieces of wire 30cm (about a foot) long. Double them up and thread 24 of the 8mm beads onto it. Tie off the wire by twisting it around itself, and/or threading it back through the beads. The wire is doubled so it's more sturdy.

2) Make the top
Cut three pieces of wire 50cm (about 20 inches). Fold the wire in half and slide any part of the base between the two halves (it doesn't matter where you start).
Image attempting to make sense of that:

Twist horizontally so it wraps itself once tightly, and then start threading beads over BOTH wires. Thread beads in a large-small-large-small pattern. You will use 6 large beads, starting with one on the bottom. Once you get to the last large bead, thread 3 small beads in a row. This is the top stop point. Leave about a bead's width of extra wire (just don't make it too tight), then mirror the pattern exactly on the reverse. At the end, tie the wire off exactly 12 beads from your starting position by wrapping it around the base.

Start the next wires in the exact same way, starting 4 beads from your starting position, and ending 4 beads after your ending position. You should have 6 places where the top wires connect to the base, and they should all be 4 beads apart.

3) Make the cross
Cut a piece of wire 10cm (about 4 inches) long, and thread 6 of the 6mm beads onto it. Take one end of the wire and, skipping the last bead, back-thread it through the rest of the beads. At the top where the 3 pieces meet, you should have left enough space to allow for them to overlap nicely. Take this new short piece and wrap the ends around the intersection of all the wires, tying it off by wrapping it around itself underneath it all. Leave a teeny bit of wire room.
Cut another 10cm long piece of wire and thread 4 beads onto it, using the same back-threading method. Tie off.
Take this short piece and wrap it around the cross so there are 2 beads on the top, 4 beads on the bottom, and 2 on each side.

4) Finish
If you have these mysterious rhinestone type things, attach them in the middle of the cross so you can't see where the wires meet. Alternately, hot glue a rhinestone on each side, or use nothing at all. If you're using ribbon, cut 75cm (about 30 inches) and wrap a bit around, either sewing it in a loop or gluing it on opposing sides of the crown. For a comb, use extra wire to attach the comb to the base, wrapping wire through the teeth. Tuck in and cut all loose wire ends. Shape it to your satisfaction.


NOTE: If you use different size beads, make sure to do proper calculations so the crown ends up the same dimensions. For example, if you have only 6mm beads, make the base out of 32 of them instead of 24, or else the base will be much too small for the top parts.
14th-Jul-2004 04:03 am (UTC)
wow thanks for posting this here! i was just about to ask if anyone here had a tutorial ^__^
14th-Jul-2004 04:39 am (UTC)
lol. i was just abt to tell you. XD
14th-Jul-2004 04:20 am (UTC)
Thank you soooo much for taking the time to translate everything! I know this will be very much appreciated by the community.
14th-Jul-2004 08:26 am (UTC)
Could those mysterious rhinestones be the kind that has four spikes in back for attaching to clothes?
14th-Jul-2004 04:13 pm (UTC)
I dunno.. I don't think so, cuz there's nothing really to attach it to on the crown. Unless it's just normal rhinestones they want you to just glue on, but the Japanese directions are SOOOOO vague, and the name of them is some big stupid non-Japanese word put into katakana. They have a lot of weird sewing things in Japan, I've learned from these books...
10th-Aug-2004 07:29 am (UTC) - Crystal Point.
They're called Crystal Point. They are attached like those studs or eyelets. I have never seen anything like that though.... That is what I learned from Katakana, and looking at the pics.

I just use those funky little ones you just glue on, because I can't find anything at all similar. I still don't get how you are to attach them.
14th-Jul-2004 02:08 pm (UTC)
Thx for sharing, that's so kind!! Will definitely try it out!
14th-Jul-2004 03:49 pm (UTC)
thnx!!! i wanna try it out soon ^^
14th-Jul-2004 06:02 pm (UTC)
15th-Jul-2004 06:12 am (UTC)
thanks for taking the time out to translate and post the instructions. <3 i can't wait to try it out. ^-^
15th-Jul-2004 06:29 am (UTC)
THANK YOU! that is so helpful!!!!!!!!!!!
16th-Jul-2004 05:34 am (UTC)
That really is incredibly neat. Sniffo :). I think I will make one, thank you for taking the time to translate that and posting it! Love & kisses :D
19th-Jul-2004 01:10 pm (UTC)
Hi, I was just surfing back stream looking for an entry and I found this. Would you let me put this tutorial onto my website, Poor Dolly?
Of course I would give you the credit for the translation and the in depth tutorial that you made.
Thank you for posting this,
19th-Jul-2004 04:51 pm (UTC)
Sure go ahead ^^
19th-Jul-2004 05:18 pm (UTC)
Ooh, wow, that was easy. Thanks, I've got it saved under my memories, but I will have to put it up in a few days. I want to get my computer at home working and then do a big update.
16th-Apr-2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
Oh noooo, I realise this is an old entry, but I'd love to try this. Would it be too much trouble to have the pics back?
17th-Apr-2005 02:00 am (UTC)
Check the post, they're fixed now :3
17th-Apr-2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
Oh thankyou very much <3
9th-Feb-2006 04:29 am (UTC) - Arigato!
Kawaii desu!
2nd-May-2006 10:36 am (UTC)
I was wondering if it would be wiser to use a thicker wire for this? I've just played with my wire that I have from when i was really into beading and it looks a bit too flimsy? the 26 Gauge I think it there any difference between the 26 and 28 in toughness? sorry to annoy :)
2nd-May-2006 11:09 am (UTC)
I have no idea really, this post is 2 years old lol XD The directions reccommend 28 gague wire and whatever I used seemed to work well.
2nd-May-2006 11:11 am (UTC)
Oh yeah and make sure you've doubled the wire.. it's made to be double thickness, I explain in the direction. So it should be plenty thick enough.
10th-Jul-2006 08:02 am (UTC) - Uh-oh...
Hmm.. I know I'm a bit late but uh....
I find making the cross difficult...
I don't quite understand what to do..
I put 6 6mm pearls on.. Skipped the last bead and threaded the wire back through.. Now what? ^^;;
10th-Jul-2006 09:15 am (UTC) - Re: Uh-oh...
Errmm.. I don't remember exactly but, look up at the 1st diagram. You need another 10cm piece of wire with 4 beads on it, and then you wrap that around the center of the vertical piece.
21st-Aug-2007 04:14 am (UTC)
Thank you you for sharing~! Im going to try this on the weekend, thats when i can buy the supplies^^
16th-Jul-2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
I would love to see if anyone did this? :)
23rd-Aug-2009 01:00 am (UTC)
If anyone is still interested, there's some articles on this on craftster (some with pics):
4th-Dec-2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
I realize I am a few years behind in posting to this...but thank you so much for posting!!! I have always wanted to make one of these, and now I can, with my own variations.
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