How to create a twig crown, Dreamspeed Photography, Warrenton Virginia

"How to make a twig crown" Dreamspeed Photography, Warrenton, Virginia
Tracey wearing her gorgeous twig crown
I first published this last year, but I thought with Halloween coming up, someone might need a twig crown. Tracey tells you how to make a beautiful twig crown that goes with so many costumes:
When I first saw Mina, the model I was going to be shooting, I loved her beautiful elvish look and immediately had a vision of shooting her with a twig crown. I searched the internet for twig crowns and found one I really liked. I sent the image to Tracey, who is an excellent make-up artist and stylist, and she created an amazing crown from branches in her backyard. I was blown away when she sent me a picture of it. The crown is incredible and absolutely made the shoot. I ended up using the twig crown with two models, Rowan and Mina. I would not have a clue how to make this, so I asked Tracey for twig crown instructions. Here is how she did it:
“The twig crown was inspired from a similar piece in a photo that Cindy had admired. There are 3 enormous maple trees in my backyard, so I worked with what was there.
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Mina wearing twig crown

First cutting 3 long thin, new growth branches and pulling off all the leaves. I wrapped the first one around my hand to what I thought was the right size of the average female head. I started by holding the thickest end of the branch in my hand and twisting and wrapping until I ran out of length, then adding another branch. The thick part of the new branch should overlap the thinnest part of the last and continue wrapping around all the branches.

How to make a twig crown, Dreamspeed Photography, Warrenton Virgina
Rowan with twig crown
Continue wrapping branches until the base of the crown is large enough for your particular project. I used a 6 in zip-tie to secure the crown together at the largest part of the first branch. Pull the zip-tie until it is snug but not completely tight.
My crown was way too big, this allowed me to adjust, just by pulling a few of the branches tighter before tightening down the zip-tie. Then the quince bush was the next target, because I like the size of the branches and it was easy to pluck several the same size without trimming and clipping so much.
After plucking off the leaves, I broke the sprigs off until I had the number needed to make the crown look balanced. Hot glue set those small sprigs in pretty well, only one re-gluing incident occurred. Finish the crown off by using a good set of pruning shears to trim off any odd bits or unattractive end pieces.”
"How to make a twig crown" Dreamspeed Photography, Warrenton Haymarket Virginia