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My (evidently) megachiroptera-inspired corona tiara peinetas.

I was incredibly, incredibly blessed to get my set of 3 Fallera peinetas. I found them on and they only cost me $54, which I consider money well spent (although certain relatives didn’t think I didn’t waste money…Hi Grandma! Love you!). However, I have not found a set since then, so they are kind of rare outside of Spain I guess. If you can find a website to sell them to you, Awesome! Congratulations!

However, they will probably be over $100. And remember, this is a tutorial on how to do this thing on the cheap.

I am not going to do a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own peinetas (sorry), but I have a few ideas to help you. And hey, you might even learn a new skill that EARNS you money (earning money For The Win!)

First idea is embossing metal, as illustrated in this incredible awesome Instructable by hydemetals.

instructables com metal embossing cool ornaments by hydemetals

You do need the use of a 20 ton hydraulic press, but you might be able to access one (even maybe for free) at your local high school, trade school, community college or university, machine shop, or art studio. Ask around!

Brass sheets are actually pretty cheap at the hardware store, and are available in varying thicknesses. My peinetas are about the thickness of about 3 coke cans (if you were to cut open the can and unrolled it flat. Sorry I don’t know what gauge that is).

Press in a pretty pattern and then snip out peineta shapes. Be careful please, those snipped edges will be incredibly, viciously sharp, so you will need to smooth the edges before wearing them.

Other possibly helpful Instructables:


How to make butterflies out of aluminum metal cans by clintonmc

instructables com press aluminum cans into ceiling and wall tiles by robbtober fest

How to make aluminum cans into ceiling or wall tiles by robbtoberfest

Another (not traditional but still could be really cool) idea is not to emboss, but to etch in amazing images. Jake Van Slatt at offers some great, easy-to-follow, picture-filled tutorials for chemically etching various metals. Also how to make your own antique-looking keyboard and monitor. Seriously, check it out, it is soooooooo cool.

How to etch brass

How to etch brass

steampunkworkshop com Jake Van Slatt How To Etch Copper Altoids Box

How to copper plate and then etch

Unrelated but interesting and important none-the-less:

steampunkworkshop com Old Timey Computer Keyboard

How to make your own turn-of-the-century steampunk keyboard

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How to make your own telegraph FROM SCRATCH THAT TAPS OUT RSS FEEDS
Click the image above and you will be in the presence of greatness my friend.

The dimensions of my peinetas are:

Big Peineta:

7.5 inches (19 cm) high overall (with teeth included) by 6 inches (15.24 cm) at the widest point

The tines or teeth are 1.75 inches (4.44 cm) tall.

Small Peinetas:

2.5 inches (6.35 cm) high overall (with teeth included) by 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) wide

Tines or teeth are 1 inch (2.54 cm) tall.

Keep in mind that the peinetas are gently curved, so these dimensions are not exactly accurate.

If you would like, I can send you a rubbing of my peinetas and also templates made by tracing the edges. Just send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:


P. O. Box 1569

Vidor, TX



Next Up, Part 6: It All Comes Together! How all the pieces are assembled in one fabulous hairdo and how all these home-made bits look together. Don’t go away!

Thought this was cool? You may love the stuff I sell in my etsy store, RAVARLAGARI.

Know who else has a cool blog? Tiffany at The Verbose Vagabond, who is super nice.

  1. Tiffany said:

    The reason that many peinettas have bats on them is because the bat is a very important symbol in Valencia. You’ll see it on their City Hall and many other things. The story is that in the century 1200, King Jaime 1 came into Valencia and freed the region from Moorish rule. During the conflict, an arrow was shot at Jaime, but a bat flew inbetween and took the arrow for the king, saving his life. The bat is a hero.

    • I wondered why there were bats on the peinetas. I had seen them on other Fallera and Valencia things as well, so I new they were a fairly common motif but I hadn’t looked up why. I am glad to know now. That is a pretty interesting piece of lore! Thanks!

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