As so many blog post start, “sorry I haven’t posted in awhile”, so begins this one. Most of my non crafting energy, since my last post has gone into building my website, which I hope you’ve had a chance to look at www.RichardBradleyDesigns.com . Meanwhile, during this new era of Covid-19, I haven’t been doing any craft shows and I’m learning to make my business more “virtual”. So, in the spirit of virtual marketing, I present to you my first self made fashion video.
I’ve made a variety of bands so far and it seems I’m still getting requests for yet other styles, so the purpose of this post is to let you know what I’m familiar with and how each one works. I hope this helps you decide what works best for you and that my readers give me feed back on what people are looking for.
The first type is the vertical comb tiara…
For this style all the ornamentation is attached, perpendicularly, to a hair comb and there are rings attached for bobby pins. This is a good choice for flat, less puffy hair styles and it’s good for short hair and works better on real hair as opposed to wigs.
The most popular is the basic headband…
This type is a basic U band with a ring at each end for bobby pins or a stretch cord, elastic or ribbon to secure it. The band sits at an angle and the ornamentation is vertical. Most of my clients find this to be the most comfortable choice, especially performers who need to make quick costume changes.
Then there’s the head band with an under-wire…
This is recommended for larger, heavier pieces, the under-wire allows for more bobby pins to give added security.
Of corse, I’m always exploring other options and if you have any suggestions, I welcome them most eagerly!
Yes, it’s the dead of winter, there’s a foot of snow on the ground and the temperature is in the single digits. So, to warm myself up I must think of spring and work on new items that bring warm thoughts of Carnival Balls and Summer Galas. With that in mind, I bring you this “Gilded Lily” tiara.
This piece is now available in my Etsy Shop, but may be subject to prior sale.
Here’s some close up views for you…
So my 12 week creative challenge is moving along at a steady pace, I’ve been concentrating on more elaborate pieces which take more than a day to complete, that’s why I no longer post every day now. For today though, I thought I’d share these two pieces that are coming together quite nicely.
I’m calling this the “Warrior Angel” tiara. I may add a few elements to it still and there are some tiny rings soldered every here and there for hanging beads from, I like my jewelry to have moving elements. I’ve been wanting to use these cobalt blue stones and spiral beads for quite some time, there’s many old stones and beads hanging around my studio just waiting to be used in just the right design, some of them I’ve had for more than thirty years. I think I’ll have this gold-plated, if the stones stand out too much after plating, maybe I’ll enamel the leaves like I did in this mask.
The other piece I’d like to share is a brooch that will be part of a necklace.
The customer wants something more colorful, with a biological theme and in a silver plate. I hope she likes it!
I got up bright and early this morning and put together this whimsical little tiara. In the center and off to the sides you’ll notice the spiraling empty settings, after I have this piece plated I’ll be setting pearls into them.
Just to be sure you’re aware, all of the items posted during my Twelve Week Creative Challenge have a raw finish and will be plated, patinated, and/or enameled at the end of this motivational project.
Although my intention was to make something each day of my twelve week creative challenge, for these two days my creative energy went into the setup and presentation of a very successful holiday craft show. Here’s some photos of my booth…
It’s pretty much the same setup as most of the shows I do, but this time I added a little side table with some specialty items.
In doing a show like this I find the full review of my recent and past work coupled with customer input to be a great exercise and I ended the day with a good amount of inspiration. I probably won’t have a post for day eleven due to the exhaustion I feel at the end of this amazing event.
Well I made some progress today, building this butterfly tiara. I would have liked to have finished soldering it today, but it just doesn’t look quite right to me, sometimes it’s best to just walk away from things and view it with fresh eyes tomorrow.
Now here’s a girl who really knows how to rock a tiara!
As a designer and maker of such bold sparkly objects, it’s such a treat to see them worn in the spirit for which they were created. Just look at my Mermaid Queen necklace and tiara on this lovely young model…
And remember, these items and so many more are available in my shop.
So, if you have a chance, have a look. click
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