Simple And Fun Safety Pin Crafts
Safety pin crafts are popular and fun to do. All you need to do to create
pretty pins and bracelets is slip some seed beads onto ordinary safety pins.
Teenage girls love to swap safety pin jewelry as expressions of friendship and they also make great gifts for anyone who likes to wear a brooch.
Experienced creators of safety pin crafts recommend coating the outside of safety pins with varnish or a sealer before you start to keep them from tarnishing. Brass pins need to be sprayed with an acrylic sealer to avoid rusting.
While making safety pin crafts, safety pin jewelry experts also recommend closing the heads of pins
each time you slip a bead on a pin so that you don't lose track of your pattern.
You can work freehand or from a pattern. If you are using your own pattern, keep in mind that you can mix up large and small safety pins in one design and that small pins can be slid along the bar of a larger safety pin.
If you start out using a very large safety pin it saves you the necessity of using a pin backing or jump rings to hold the overall design together.
Safety pins come in different sizes. When constructing safety pin crafts it might be valuable to know just how many seed beads each safety pin will hold. A safety pin that is seven eighths of an inch long will hold eight seed beads.
A safety pin that is one and one sixteenth inches long typically holds ten seed beads. It is also important
to consider that a safety pin that is more than one and one sixteenth inches long is usually too wide to hold seed beads. It will hold larger beads or buttons to create even different styles of safety pin crafts. A safety pin of this size however will hold up to 10 beaded safety pins. A safety pin that is one and three quarters inches long will hold up to 12 beaded safety pins and you can slide up to a fourteenth bead on a safety pin that is two inches long.
One trend in making safety pin crafts is using black safety pins instead of the usual brass, silver or gold safety pins. If you are interested in making safety pin jewelry using black safety pins, you can order gunmetal black ones in different sizes from: Richard the Thread, Dept. SN, 8320 Melrose Ave., No. 201, West Hollywood, CA 90069
You can purchase seed beeds for safety pin jewelry at craft stores. The sizes of the holes in seed beeds greatly vary from beed to beed. It is usual to buy a batch of seed beeds only to discover that you have to discard some because they won't slide onto the safety pin.
TIP: Buy more seed beeds than you think you will actually need for your safety pin crafts.
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