Chain Headdresses - Filling in the Sides
Choosing to place to divide the side of the headdress
fron the back of the headdress depends on the person's hair and hair style.
- Remove the headdress form the wig head and put it on the person's head.
- Look to see where the natural division between the hair in the back of head and
the hair in the front of the head.
- This division of often at the back of the sholders but on people with very full
hair (see picture at right), there might be no division at all. If this is the case, do not
divide the area and treat everything past the front as the back (skip to Step 10).
- Measure the length of chain needed to go from the jump ring at the top of the person's head
to the point that you have determined divides the side from the back. Separate
that piece of chain and set it aside.
- While the headdress is still on the person's head, divide the chain on one side at the
point that you have determined divides the side from the back.
- Put the headdress back on the wig head.
- Using the point where you divided the side chain as a measure, divide the chain
on the other side at the same corresponding point.
- Using the piece of chain you set aside as a reference, make another piece of chain
the same length.
- Connect together the chain you divided on one side of the headdress and one the
the pieces of chain the will go the top jump ring with a 5mm jump ring.
- Repeat on the other side of the headdress.
- Attach the free ends of the two side divider chains to the top jump ring taking care
not to twist any chains around any other chains.
Now that you know the size an shape of the
side area it is time to determine how to best fill it in:
- If you divided the front side chains (i.e. filled in the front area by
horizontally chains across the front or by chains radiating from the
front center jump ring) you should strongly consider using these jump rings
when filling in the sides (see Figure 6).
- If you did not divide the side chains you should strongly consider using
a patten that does not require dividing these chain segments (see Figure 7).
Like Figure 4, Figures 6 and 7 are intended as a examples of how to divide the side areas. There
are no hard and fast rules on how many pieces of chain to you use. You can use more or less then
are shown. The important things to remember are the same as stated in Step 6:
- Measure the pieces of chain that you are adding with the headdress on
the person's head.
- Add the chain into the headdress with the headdress on the wig head.
- Make the spacing between added chains identical.
- Make the corresponding chains on the right and left hand sides identical in length.
- Don't space the chain more than 1″ apart unless you plan on filling in the space with
some other form of decoration.
After adding all of the side chains, adjust the chain lengths as described in
Creating the Framework
Filling in the Front
Filling in the Sides
Filling in the Back
Decorating the Headress