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Leather Leaf Purple Headdress by Arexandria Leather Leaf Purple Headdress by Arexandria
This is my first complete headdress. It is shown here on a short white wig purchased from thefivewits.com. I picked the wig up at a convention this weekend.

The headdress consists of 8 small leaves and 1 large leaf. Three of the small leaves are clustered to make one of the attachment points for the headdress. The cluster, large leaf, and then each small lead each has their own barrettes.

Each leaf is hand cut, the small leaves are 3-4 oz leather and the large leaf is 8-10 oz leather. They are hand tooled as well. Each leaf is then water molded and let to dry. They have 3 base coats of black alcohol based dye to help in the stiffening process. They then have 2-3 base coats of Bronze Acrylic leather paint dye to further help the stiffening. Then they are painted with several different layers of different purples with silver and then the veins are repainted Bronze to stand out. They were then affixed to the barrettes that were originally black but painted with the same Bronze paint to maintain color.

All of the chains and findings are Bronze colored findings to match. The center jewel in the forehead is an emerald cut synthetic amethyst with a Bronze dragonfly used as a holder by being wrapped around it. Resin was used to set the gem for extra stability.

The barrettes work very well with this wig, holding the headdress in place. Each of the leaves on the end of the chains are light weight and can be placed in different placed on the head for different effects to the look. Because the wig has a net head cover under the hair the barrettes held very well. For regular hair, an optional headband could be used and could be made to easily convert from headband with the two large fixed leaves/cluster to free positioning without the headband for wig use.

This headdress may or may not be for sale unless certain interest in peaked. However, I do take custom orders. I also do individual barrettes which can be found on my Etsy website. Feel free to drop me a convo on either here or on etsy.

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SycamoreSea Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh, this is absolutely ten times even more gorgeous than the other one, I just adore those colors. :heart: :heart:
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Arexandria Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awww Thank you!
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SycamoreSea Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But of course! <3
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FaustoIV Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
It is amazing and very beautiful
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Arexandria Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much!
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BIuntness Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is brilliant!
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Arexandria Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you! :)
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Nils-Iver Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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flamingStarDust Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012   General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful and amazing. :iconadmireplz:
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Arexandria Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you :D
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