I have had a photo series in my head for months, I want to do a long term project called "Crowning Glory" with a variety of crowns and headpieces. My first installment was shot recently using a Gold Lace Grown I made myself. Here is a quick tutorial on how I made it.
Supplies:Crocheted cotton lace cut to size of head (Look for Cluny Lace or Lace Trim, I got this one: Victorian Lace)
Fabric Stiffener or Starch (I used Aleene's Stiffen Quick)
Gold or silver metallic paint (Like this: Golden Acrylic Paint)
Posterboard or Card Stock
Rubber gloves (I added this after I was done, because it would have been a great idea!!!
Glue Dots or Tacky Glue
- Measure the head of the person you are making the crown for
- cut lace to size
- cut cardstock or posterboard to size and tape ends together to make a round mold for crown
- Wrap lace around mold and secure ends with glue dot or tacky glue
- spray liberally with fabric stiffener, I am impatient, so I couldn't wait for multiple layers of fabric stiffener to dry, so I microwaved the crown on the mold for 30 seconds twice after each application.
- Once crown is stiff paint with gold or silver paint, allow to dry
- pop crown off mold and poke a pin or toothpick through any holes that got clogged with paint