Be warned - this tutorial comes with a health warning – making hatpins is a seriously addictive habit! This is a beginner tutorial, but once you’ve got started, there are hundreds of beautiful beads and charms – you need never make the same hatpin twice.
You can view a video demonstration on Creating Hatpins on my Youtube channel here (link to youtube).
To start, gather your materials – I’m using pearl teardrop 2.5” pins, a selection of 6mm & 4mm glass pearl beads and some 4mm glass bicone beads. I will also need some clear glue (or dries clear glue), a toothpick, an eggcup, a small piece of waxed paper and a non-stick worksheet.
Before you start gluing, it can be useful to thread up your hatpins with your chosen beads to make sure you are happy with what the end result will look like. Use a variety of bead colours and types.
Start by squeezing a small amount of glue onto the wax paper (I use old glue dot carrier paper). Using a toothpick, pick up a tiny amount of glue and dab it onto the bottom of the pearl-head on the pin.
Thread on your first bead and push up into the glue. If you’ve applied too much glue, just wipe away any excess with your thumb nail. Carry on repeating this process with each of the beads.
When you have finished, rest your hat pins upside down to dry in an eggcup. If there is any chance that someone could accidently prick themselves with the drying pins, make sure you put silicon earring stoppers on the sharp ends.After 30mins your pins will be dry and ready to use. Sit back and admire your lovely hatpins! When adding your hatpins onto a project, if the sharp end of the pin is exposed, use silicon earring stoppers on the points or a small, crystal bead glued in place.
To see these hat pins in situ, take a peek at my 'Glorious Dress Card' post.
For more advanced (but still not difficult) Hat Pins, take a peek at my tutorial Decorative Hat Pins - Next Steps and don't forget to watch my video demonstration on Creating Hatpins on my Youtube channel here.
I do hope that this was useful, and I’d love to read your comments.