Creating the wire base
The first attempt I made was a stunning failure: I tried to twist the hangers together like I’d twisted the pipe cleaners in the mockup. Now, as dumb as that sounds, it’s clearly possible to get a tight twist on hangers, because they come with one. So you can see where I might have made the assumption. I was also cutting the wires into short lengths, which is really not easy on the hands. Ultimately, the working technique went like this:
Decapitate a hanger. You'll need 2 for each headdress. You should be using heavy wire cutters for this. I like to make the ends into little loopsie-doos so that I don't cut my hands up with the sharp ends. Use a long nose pliers.
Use the jig to check the bend and length on the wires. I'm starting with the forehead piece and the front of the headband with my first hanger, then I'll do the whole band with the second. Both pieces will be used in the back V.
Use a long nosed pliers to make sharp bends in the wire, then check the angle against the jig.
End the wire with a loopsie-doo. You'll need it in the next step.
Thread a pipe cleaner through the loopsie-doo.
Clamp the loopsie closed as much as possible, so the pipe cleaner is secure.
Wind the pipe cleaner around the wires to secure them together, thereby completing the shape.
Here's a better view of the newly created form.
Here we have both pieces of wire bent, and ready to be joined. (The odd bits on the side are the ear pieces, which I ultimately won't use. Oh, bother.)
The completed form, all nicely bound up with pipe cleaners.
At this point, I have a working base. When it’s bent to just a little tight on the head (like a headband) it stays put – no wiggling or jiggling. Given that, I abandoned the silly ear pieces. As it turns out, these are a little rough on the hands to put together. Did I mention that I had to make 6? I went out and bought cloth covered florist wire for the upper cage structure that will hold the feathers….