It's getting to that time of the ballet year I'm afraid. If you live in the southern hemisphere it's likely you're trapped in the middle of what seems like an endless Winter and existing ballet paraphernalia is getting a bit old, and if you're in the northern hemisphere, the new ballet year is about to start and it's fast approaching the time to seriously start thinking about accessories. No matter what your scenario, here's a quick and sparkly way to liven up your ballet wardrobe:
- Artistic Wire - any brand will do, just so long as it's quite fine and bendy.
- Beads - something to match your class leotard or costume. I've used a mix of plastic and glass beads as well as assorted sizes of pearls
- Jewellery making tools - these really aren't necessary, but I had them to hand so used them to snip the wire. This is easily done with a cheap pair of scissors.
- Hair comb
To start cut a length of wire that is long enough to wrap several times around the length of the hair comb. To secure the wire, wrap between the first tooth of the comb, going up over the top of the comb and then back in between the tooth again a number of times ensuring that the end of the wire sits underneath where the wire has been wrapped. The wire is secure when you pull it gently and it doesn't slip.
I thread one bead at a time and then wrap between the teeth of the comb to secure, add another bead and continue along the length of the comb until it is full. When placing and wrapping the bead, I ensure they are squashed tightly together and you will end up with several wraps of the wire through each tooth of the comb. Once the last bead is placed, wrap the wire as per the start of the comb and snip the end of the wire, ensuring the end is underneath the wrap.
Please forgive my daughter her messy ballet bun! This photo was taken on a Sunday, and she was most displeased to have to put her hair up on one of the only days of the week when she has the freedom to do as she pleases hair-wise.