Of course, now that I’ve written this all up I see that Style Hurricane has posted her own tutorial, featured in Foam Magazine. Well gosh darn golly gee now I feel silly. In any case, here’s the tutorial I’ve been working on (completely independently – really!!)…
Inspired by a Givenchy piece above (featured on Who What Wear awhile back), I made my own spiked headband. (I’m not paying $500 for the Givenchy one, at any rate! This project will cost you, at the most, $12 if you don’t already have the spikes.)
*1/2″ wide el cheapo plastic headband (get one that is flat on its surface. Can’t stress this enough!)
*piece of black fabric (I chose satin. Baaaad choice. Choose something a little stiffer, that doesn’t show every bump and crease below…something with a little stretch is helpful.)
*piece of black grosgrain ribbon (1/4″ or 3/8″ wide)
*1/2″ silver cone spikes
*1/2″ silver pyramid studs
*hot glue and glue gun
*Loctite Fabric, Plastic, and Vinyl glue
*bronze metallic spraypaint
1. If your headband is covered in fabric, cut it off and remove the plastic center.
Cut a piece of fabric exactly 2x the width of your headband, and the length of your headband +1″.
Use pliers to bend the prongs of the pyramid studs underneath and out of the way. (Optional) Spray paint your spikes and studs bronze and allow to dry.
2. Mark the center of your fabric lengthwise.
Try on your headband and make a mark above your ear where you want to start studding. Match up the fabric (with a 1/2″ underlap to the headband), and transfer the mark to your fabric. Transfer the mark to the other side of the fabric as well.
3. Lay your fabric out and place your studs on it to determine placement. The cone spikes will have to be set in the fabric itself, so mark where you want them to go.
Set the Spikes
4. Make holes for all your cone spikes, and set them in the fabric. Tighten with a screwdriver.
Cover the Headband
5. Use Loctite Vinyl, Fabric, and Plastic Glue to glue the fabric onto the headband. Make sure the headband is centered on the fabric.
6. Once the glue is dry, fold both sides of the fabric around the headband, to roughly meet in the center on the underside. It doesn’t have to be exact.
7. Fold the ends of the fabric to the underside of the headband and glue down.
8. Glue a piece of grosgrain ribbon to the underside of the headband to cover the raw edges of the fabric.
Set the Studs
9. Use a mound of hot glue to secure the pyramid studs onto the headband, in-between the cone spikes. Allow to cool.
Voila! A hard-edged, slightly punky Crown of Thorns. $12 vs. $500??? I’ll take the $12 version any day!
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