To cover the frame, it helps to have something vaguely solid inside to attach the covering to. I’m going to make a base out of craft foam, then use the covering fabric to attach the foam to the headdress. (I know this sounds bass-ackwards. Watch….)
You might be wondering how silver lycra is ever the option that makes life easier. In this case, since I’ll be stretching it over a rather lumpy (blame the pipe cleaners) frame, the stretch of the lycra will actually make a multitude of sins into something that looks vaguely intentional. Also, since this fabric doesn’t fray at all, I don’t have to find a way to seal all the cut edges I’m about to make. That’s going to help a lot, especially when it comes to limiting the amount of ugly that occurs around the front and back braces.