Simple Safety Pin Jewelry Ideas
Safety pin crafts are simple, easy and fun to do. All you need to do to create
pretty safety pin jewelry, like 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 crafters of safety pin jewelry 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 jewelry, safety pin jewelry experts also 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 jewelry it might be valuable to know just how many seed beads each safety pin will hold. A safety pin that is 7/8 of an inch long will hold eight seed beads. A safety pin that is 1 1/16 inches long typically holds ten seed beads.
It is also important to consider that a safety pin that is more than 1 1/16 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 jewelry.
- A safety pin of this size however will hold up to 10 beaded safety pins.
- A safety pin that is 1 3/4 inches long will hold up to 12 beaded safety pins and you can slide up to fourteen beaded safety pins 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 crafts and 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 crafts 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.
As a rule of thumb, buy more seed beeds than you think you will actually need.
To find patterns for safety pin jewelry all you need to do is type safety pin jewelry into a popular search engine such as Google or Yahoo and you will find tons of grids to base your designs to.
An excellent source of patterns for safety pin jewelry is
This is about.com's site about safety pin jewelry where you will find patterns for all kinds of safety pin crats themes including but not limited to animals, birds, bugs, Christmas, Easter, flags of the world, food, hobbies, happy faces, Looney Toon characters, Harry Potter characters, patriotic symbols, zodiac signs and Girl Scout symbols.
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