EGL GOTHIC LOLITA MINI CROWN PROJECT: GAKU-X VISUAL KEI COSPLAY MAGAZINE.

Gaku-x gothic lolita magazine, j-rock and visual kei magazine for cosplay fans, Japanese rock bands and music.

I finally received a copy of Gaku-X magazine – I contributed an article for the July issue, which you can buy here. Gaku-X covers Visual Kei/J-rock concerts and artists such as Miyavi; I appreciated the large color centerfold of Versailles! Chu is an AnimeFood publication with style profiles of cosplayers; the girl on the upper left spent 25 hours on her outfit!

Gothic Lolita crown, Goth hair accessories how-to project. Japanese magazine jewelry diagram by La Carmina.

Here’s a scan of my article on how to make a Gothic Lolita mini-crown.

La Carmina Gothic Lolita article, writer blogger Carmen Yuen, DIY Goth fashion projects. Black crown hair Japanese accessory, Harajuku style.

If you sneak around a Gothic Lolita’s bedroom, you’re likely to find a miniature crown among her accessories. Worn slightly askew and secured around the chin with ribbon, the mini-crown is a staple item of Lolita headwear. It’s a look favored by model/singer Kana, musical duo Kokusyoku Sumire, and the countless others who want to feel (and dress) like a princess. Such dreamers include myself.

You’re highly unlikely to find a Lolita crown at your local jewelry store, and those by Japanese designers such as Suppurate System can set you back thousands of yen (not to mention the cost of overseas shipping). What’s a poor but intrepid Loli to do? Make one herself, of course! I picked up metal wire and black beads from my local craft/hardware stores for less than $10. Here’s how I turned these basic materials into a royal head-topper.

MATERIALS
- Galvanized metal wire (16 gauge): available at hardware stores. Look for a sturdy wire that is difficult to bend without pliers, or else the crown will not stand up. You’ll need at least 50 inches (125 cm) of wire.
Needle-nose (pointy-tipped) pliers: for cutting and bending the wire.
At least 250 round black beads with holes: 1/4 inch (6 mm) diameter beads work best. I found a large packet of beads from a craft store for less than $5. Make sure the bead holes are large enough for the wire to pass through.
Black ribbon, 0.15 inch (4mm) wide: 1.5 yards (1.5 metres). For securing the crown to your head.
Needle and black thread.

I. Cut a piece of wire that measures 17 inches (43 cm) long. Cut three pieces of wire, each 12 inches (30.5 cm) in length.
II. Bend the longest piece of wire into a circle. String the wire with beads (about 70 beads are required). Twist the wire ends together with the pliers. This is the base of the crown with a diameter of 4.5 inches (11.5 cm).
III. Bend the three shorter pieces of wire into a “U”, then add a small curve to the middle so that the shape resembles the top half of a heart (see diagram)
IV. String the three wires with beads (about 50 beads are required for each).
V. Take one wire; with the pliers, twist the ends and attach them across the base of the crown. Take a second wire and secure the ends to the base, but at an approximately 10-bead interval from the first wire. Do the same with the third wire. The crown should now be divided into six equidistant segments that meet in the center.
VI. For the crucifix, cut a 2-inch (5 cm) and a 3-inch (8 cm) piece of wire. With the pliers, twist the shorter wire around the longer to form the arms of the cross (see above diagram). String the wires with black beads, and loop over the ends to secure them. Attach the base of the cross to the center of the crown where the three 12-inch wires meet.
VII. Cut a short piece of wire. Using the pliers, twist it around the base of the cross and the center of the crown where the three 12-inch wires meet. The cross should now stand up.
VIII. For the straps, cut two pieces of black ribbon, each about 30 inches (75 cm) long. Knot the ribbons to the base of the crown, at opposite ends from each other. Sew the ribbons in place with black thread. Wear the crown by putting the ribbons over your ears and tying them together underneath your chin.

Ta da – a crown fit for a Hime Lolita. Now all I need is a Prince Charming on my arm…

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  • nniiccoollee

    What a wonderful crown! Congrats on your article! Have a fun, safe, and gothic trip in Tokyo!

  • nniiccoollee

    What a wonderful crown! Congrats on your article! Have a fun, safe, and gothic trip in Tokyo!

  • http://lacarmina.com Lollie

    This is so helpful and wonderful! Thank you for the tips, you look fantastic by the way. Have fun in Japan! Best wishes!!!

  • http://lacarmina.com Damien

    I'm a prince charming.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Prince of Darkness! Woo!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Thanks, I'm excited to be here!

  • http://lacarmina.com Vikki Vyle

    CUTE!!! I can't wait to make one ^^

  • http://lacarmina.com Lollie

    This is so helpful and wonderful! Thank you for the tips, you look fantastic by the way. Have fun in Japan! Best wishes!!!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Thanks, I’m excited to be here!

  • http://lacarmina.com Damien

    I’m a prince charming.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Prince of Darkness! Woo!

  • http://lacarmina.com Vikki Vyle

    CUTE!!! I can’t wait to make one ^^

  • http://lacarmina.com Divin

    Kisses blowing your way from Wonderland~
    xo

  • http://lacarmina.com Marie

    Would you happen to have a tutorial on how to make your own Parasol? ^^

  • http://lacarmina.com Marie

    Thank you for this!! Ive been wanting to make my own crowns for a while and this is EXACTLY what I needed!! ^_^

  • http://lacarmina.com Tsumi

    Thanx for the tips. I'll try to make a crown myself but using pearl beads perhaps. ^^

  • http://lacarmina.com Divin

    Kisses blowing your way from Wonderland~
    xo

  • http://lacarmina.com Marie

    Would you happen to have a tutorial on how to make your own Parasol? ^^

  • http://lacarmina.com Marie

    Thank you for this!! Ive been wanting to make my own crowns for a while and this is EXACTLY what I needed!! ^_^

  • http://lacarmina.com Tsumi

    Thanx for the tips. I’ll try to make a crown myself but using pearl beads perhaps. ^^

  • Jam

    That's very impressive :)

  • Jam

    That’s very impressive :)

  • http://www.myspace.com/demonic_vampyre LiTtLe_MiSs_PsYcHo

    LOL!!!!!! now im gonna try to make that cute crown, even though It'll most likely look retarded

  • http://www.myspace.com/demonic_vampyre LiTtLe_MiSs_PsYcHo

    LOL!!!!!! now im gonna try to make that cute crown, even though It’ll most likely look retarded

  • anonymous reader

    I notice that this tutorial of yours is very very very similar to the one found here
    http://community.livejournal.com/egl/1176862.html from 2004.
    What a coincidence…

  • anonymous reader

    I notice that this tutorial of yours is very very very similar to the one found here
    http://community.livejournal.com/egl/1176862.html from 2004.
    What a coincidence…

  • Naki

    hee, first time actually commenting on this blog (i love your blog by the way) i made one, using your instructions to guide me a little. i used pipecleaners. but don't laugh! a real gothloli uses whatever is at her disposal. i love all your DIYs. i wish there were more on here…. that my mother wouldn't kill me for anyway.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Domo arigato, Naki! I'm going to put up more DIY projects as soon as I find a moment to breathe… I have two book deadlines that are kicking my butt! :)

    Thanks so much for reading.

  • Naki

    hee, first time actually commenting on this blog (i love your blog by the way) i made one, using your instructions to guide me a little. i used pipecleaners. but don’t laugh! a real gothloli uses whatever is at her disposal. i love all your DIYs. i wish there were more on here…. that my mother wouldn’t kill me for anyway.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Domo arigato, Naki! I’m going to put up more DIY projects as soon as I find a moment to breathe… I have two book deadlines that are kicking my butt! :)

      Thanks so much for reading.

  • Naki

    hee, first time actually commenting on this blog (i love your blog by the way) i made one, using your instructions to guide me a little. i used pipecleaners. but don't laugh! a real gothloli uses whatever is at her disposal. i love all your DIYs. i wish there were more on here…. that my mother wouldn't kill me for anyway.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Domo arigato, Naki! I'm going to put up more DIY projects as soon as I find a moment to breathe… I have two book deadlines that are kicking my butt! :)

    Thanks so much for reading.