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I've seen ear cauls like this all over the place, and I really love the way they look. The inspiration for the pair I've made came from here, here, and here, via Pinterest.
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Why did I make these, and why did I make them the way I did? Because I like them. End of story.
Any comments that break the first rule, or begin with the words "actually" or "technically", will be deleted and the posters summarily executed using rabid weasels. Luv yoo!
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So. The fun part. Here's how I did it:
Clockwise from top left:
- After roaming the house holding random items to the sides of my head, which I assume would have looked hilarious had anyone been there to see it, I finally settled on the cooking implement in the first picture. I laid a square of cheesecloth over the tool, then made a papiér maché form over that. They're green because that's what color tissue paper I had. The papiér maché medium I always use is just water and fabric glue. Nothing fancy.
- Once they were dry, and trimmed into a neat circle (papiér maché is messy, y'all), I whip-stitched a hoop of 20-gauge jewelry wire around the edges, to stabilize the form and the edge and keep them from bending, or tearing.
- Two squares of red faux-silk (both alike in dignity), with strips of gold metallic flat-woven braid sewn in place on my machine. No, the grid is not straight. Because yes, I just kinda winged it. Wang it. Whatever.
- A second glue enters the arena: general-purpose spray adhesive, which is how the red fabric was affixed to the papiér maché caul forms. I just kinda smoothed and smooshed it down as flat as I could get it.
- Once the spray adhesive was dry and set (about thirty minutes?) I trimmed the fabric to about 3/4" away from the edge of the caul forms, and then folded them over and hot glued the edges down to the forms.
- More hot glue! After I sewed all those goddamned beads on, and then they all fell off, I hot glued those little bastards. They stayed put.
Not pictured: Last step was to open out a heavy-duty hook from a hook-and-eye set for skirts to about a 38º angle, and then hot glue them in place at the top edge of each caul. I seated both hooks in a largedollop of glue until it pushed through the holes in the hook where you normally sew them on; then covered the backing of the hook with glue as well. This was to keep the hooks from popping off.
The hooks were used to hang each caul from the silver circlet I already wear. No, they wouldn't have stayed on their own; but I braided my hair and wrapped it around the front of each caul, both to frame the caul and disguise the rather odd-looking edge, and also so that the hair, pinned in place on my head, would stabilize the placement of the caul.
- kitchen spider/strainer with bamboo handle
- papiér maché - water + fabric glue, strips of tissue paper
- strong wire for edges of caul forms
- fabric to cover forms
- hook half of a flat skirt hook-n-eye
- spray adhesive
- fabric glue
- hot glue