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Cute As Buttons

NOW that my hair is considerably long by my standard, the styling options are endless. I'm delighted that I could, for the first time in my life, braid my hair! French, Dutch, Fishtail, Waterfall, Five-Strand braids. You name it, I learn them all on YouTube and practice on my life-size Barbie, Mek Zhin. Additionally, hair accessories like bands, hair vines and fancy pins are also catching my fancy. On the flip side, some of these things can be so dear given the materials used and its workmanship. For an example, a simple hair vine at Evita Peroni costs something like USD 170. Ridiculous. Some pearls and beads woven through wires. How difficult can that get? So I decided to take matters into my own hands! 


I had some fresh-water pearls and some shiny, black bicones. I wish I also had some diamantees to spice it up a little but the black and white combo is quite classy on its own. Using a long strand of clear nylon string, folded into two, I put in the pearls. The challenge was in keeping the irregular shaped pearls in place through the string and since I haven't beaded in such a long time, I was running out of patience by the second! It can be quite frustrating but I needed a pretty band. Alternating pearls with bicones, I made sure the beadwork was at least 13-inches long so it ended just below the earlobes. Securing the ends with crimp beads, I connected jump rings before connecting them with a black elastic band. 


It can be worn like this. I love the way it sits on
Priya's crown. 

I also love buttons. Colourful, cute buttons in different shapes and sizes make a pretty strand of hairband too and I was lucky to have found some nice, plastic buttons (pics below) to work with while in Bangkok. 



















I used a thin wire for this project. It's easier to work with wires as compared to nylon strings as they give you better control over your beads. I began by arranging the buttons in a row so I like the mix of shapes and colours. Leaving about 8-inches of wire, I slipped the first button into the wire through the hole and pulled it taut on the opposite hole. I continued in this pattern for the next button and repeated the process until I had a 14-inch string of button cuteness. I finished off by looping the end wire into the last button on both sides before twisting the rest into jump rings and connecting the ends with an elastic band. Love it although it would be nice to have the buttons in different sizes as well! 




A little playful. I use it to hold back hair from my face
when I have the back on a braid or pony tail. 



Comments

  1. Loved it babe.. Its really beautiful and so you.. especially the one made from buttons... :)

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    1. thanks babes and you'll get one soon!

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  2. The buttons are an awesome idea! :)

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    1. i like too. maybe i'll also make another one in not-so bright colours.
      i'm excited about my next project - its going to crocheted hairbands!
      :)

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  3. Never seen that before, you are all buttoned up and ready to go.

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  4. Your hair looks so beautiful from these photos Jaya, I love the button look, I'm pleased that you now have the hair for this kind of thing.

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    1. the girl with the pretty hair is not me, lol. she's a friend :) and thanks.

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  5. Cool. I especially like the pearl one. (That would slide right off my baby fine hair, unfortunately.)

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    1. the pearls are classy. perhaps if you kept it closer to the front of the head, it wont slide off ? my hair is also like that, so i tend to wear it closer to the front.

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  6. beautiful beautiful!! I love the fun twist with the buttons!

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  7. That's pretty neat. Theresa only uses hair ties. :P

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    1. they can be fun too, the hair ties ;)

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  8. I like your workmanship! The way you explain the technique clearly so I can do it as well makes me want to get some buttons together.

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  9. Lovely! I’m impressed with your creativity.
    (I lack both the patience and the hair length…)

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