Saturday, July 26, 2014

Building a Fascinator/Part 4

My fascinator is just about finished and I am really quite pleased with it. Below, it's sitting on my milliner's head form. This is a view from the front.
 From the back.
 And from the side.
 To try and get a better idea of the colors, I took the piece outside for a few shots.

As I said in the first post, the pieces just all seem to come together. Once I have pieces chosen, I play around with placement until I say, "oh, I really like that." I played around with the flowers and finally got that, "oh I really like that" moment when one of the flowers was somewhat hanging off the edge of the cap.     
Pieces like this are all about layering. A lot can go into a very small space. Once the first flower was glued on, I took my ribbon and and looped it around leaving a small space of the cap open. Once I liked the placement of the ribbon, I tacked it in place by hand. Just a few tacks here and there was all that it needed.  
Next, I placed the other 2 flowers on the cap, nestling them into the ribbon. Once I was happy with the placement of the flowers, I used hot glue to secure them in place.
I made 3 bunches of feathers wrapping a piece of wire around them. Once they were secure, I cut the ends off so that they were even.
I played around with the feathers and decided to hang one from either side and I placed 1 in the middle. All were nestled into the ribbon and then glued in place with hot glue.
Take a look at the picture above and you will see some branch type crystal and wire pieces laying on top of the feathers that are on either side of the cap. Below is an up close picture. Once the fascinator is in the hair, the feathers can get lost, so the small crystals catch light and add interest.  The branches are very easy to make and are just a little more complicated form of the wired crystals that I showed you how to do in this post.
Begin with a long piece of wire. Fold it in half  and twist it for about an 1 1/2". To form the small loop, I used a toothpick. Take a piece of the wire and repeat to one side. Continue down the length of the wire. Once the piece is finished, glue on the crystals just as we did in this post.  
I'm very pleased with the look of the fascinator.  
All that is left do is line the bottom of the cap and add loops and a comb so that it can be secured to the head. I will show you how to finish the fascinator on Monday. 
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

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  1. It's beautiful. I would not have had a clue where to start before these instructions. Thank you!

    1. Thanks Linda. My husband even commented about how pretty it is!!

  2. Oh my! This is so gorgeous! Really, is there anything you can't do Rhonda?

    1. Thanks Diana :) I'm not much of a photographer!!

    2. This is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your process, Rhonda. It is really interesting and the end result will look so lovely with your dress. Xx

  3. I need to acquire some buckram. All I have at the moment is horsehair and felt.

  4. Absolutely gorgeous. Love it.

  5. This has been so interesting and fun to watch. Thanks for the sharing the process with us. I'm inspired.