Hatpins were popular accessories worn on the huge hats that were fashionable during the late 1800's to early 1900's. The really long pins actually speared preserved birds (yes, birds!) that were worn on the hats. I think vintage hatpins make a fun collection, and I sell quite a few in my antique mall booths. It's also fun to create new hatpins, and that's what I'd like to show you how to do today.
Materials and Tools Needed:
Assorted fancy bead caps
Chain nose pliers
A few words about hatpin blanks:
There are new hatpin blanks available at craft supply stores or online jewelry supply catalogs. I have used several vintage pins too. You can often find long, simple glass head pins at estate sales (below left) that you can build upon:
All the materials and tools you need to make hatpins are shown below, except the chain nose pliers:
Select several beads and bead caps that will coordinate, and slide them on the pin blank.
The most important aspect of making new hatpins is using pretty bead caps, in my opinion. Because not all beads you select will be perfectly round, and most bead caps are round, you can use your chain nose pliers to manipulate the bead caps to fit the beads:
Once you have finished adding your beads and bead caps to your hatpin, place a crimp bead at the base and secure it with the bead crimping tool. In theory, this should work, but I had some difficulty with it on a few of my hatpins. I decided to fortify the bottom bead/bead cap/crimp bead with a dot of super glue. This seemed to do the trick.
Your new hatpins can supplement a growing collection of vintage hatpins, or you could actually wear them on a hat....
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