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  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “River Stones”:
    “Love the soft muted colors! It looks like the pendant and the Wild Horse Jasper…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Wow! This is wonderful. Love these necklaces and tiger eye is a favourite of…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Fall?”:
    “I too love the bracelets you keep coming up with - you definitely have a wonderful…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “I love the soft muted colours - so serene and relaxing. Beautiful design!…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “I took a Class”:
    “Amazing! Can't believe this is your first time weaving! I am very impressed!…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Fall Tones”:
    “I love this colour mixture and the design is so appealing - very nice.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Ooooh - this is so cool and I love it all especially the turtles. :) …” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “River Stones”:
    “This is gorgeous - love the stones - love the design. Fantastic!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Beautiful Gail! I agree the turtles are such a cute addition.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Gifted”:
    “Thank you - still lots of wood beads left to play with.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “I took a Class”:
    “Thanks ladies. It was fun, but intense. Kept repeating the mantra: single up…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Gorgeous stone combo! And what a cute 'lil furry critter!…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Gorgeous!…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Fall?”:
    “Yummy components and beads! I love your style and aesthetic!!!!!!!…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “I took a Class”:
    “Love the weaving! Must have been a blast! :) …” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Turtle Beach”:
    “IMHO more is more! I love it either way but I am partial to extra details…” read »

  • sweetjane
    sweetjane on “Fall?”:
    “Thanks to everyone for their lovely comments! This was certainly fun to make!…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Gifted”:
    “* would look GREAT with *…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Gifted”:
    “I love it! Very earthy and ethnic. It would look with a off-white flowing sun dress…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Glad to know I'm not the only one who fiddles. Great design. Love the soft…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Gifted”:
    “I like it too. Definitely has an ethnic vibe. Love wood, love all the components,…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “I took a Class”:
    “Wire weaving? You're a "greenie?" I'd say you are well on your way to being…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Fall Tones”:
    “Fantastic color, excellent design. Love it! :) …” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Key boards and computers are not trustworthy..... they are electronic devices with minds of their own. Now…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Fall?”:
    “Ditto to all of the above comments. This is a great way to welcome fall...just…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Thanks for all of the compliments everyone. The tiger eye is one of my favorites.…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “It's funny because when I type my son's name it always changes it to "sidenote" or…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Fall Tones”:
    “Thank You ladies!…” read »

  • Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings on “Tiger Eye”:
    “I love copper and you really are the master.…” read »

  • Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings on “Gifted”:
    “Very,very nice.…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “I took a Class”:
    “Wow! I agree with Donna, this piece looks very complicated but you certainly did fantastic with…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Gifted”:
    “Oooooo! Wonderful tribal design!! Love the African clay beads and the wood spacers really set them…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Gifted”:
    “I've never seen such interesting wooden beads, and you've really highlighted them here. The African clay…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Fall?”:
    “You make the neatest bracelets. Wonderful work!…” read »

  • Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy on “Fall?”:
    “Very, very pretty. So talented.…” read »

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    R Fulton on “Summer sand dollar”:
    “Thanks so much for all the compliments!!…” read »

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    S Katoll on “I took a Class”:
    “It's a wonderful piece, and the wireweaving is amazing! I'm sure it represents a great…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Fall Tones”:
    “A really pretty piece. Great colors, great components, what can I say? When you're good, you're…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “LOL LOVE, LOVE Your pictures, your necklace, and I want Your caterpillar friend for my next…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Fall Tones”:
    “Mahala, Your pictures are just so perfect. They highlight your necklace perfectly. Plus, your necklace has…” read »

My First Handmade Hammered Headpins


About this design:

I needed some headpins for a piece that will be purchased Monday, but was still waiting for a shipment, so I decided to try making some! They aren't perfect, but I'm proud of how they turned out, because I only had a regular hammer and couldn't put full weight on the swing due to my hip injury. I'll post pics of the earrings I make with them as soon as they're done!

Components:

Sterling Silver 20 gauge dead soft Wire, a regular Hammer



Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Laud
    Laud says:

    I haven’t done any hammering, so I applaud your bravery. Looks like fun, though. You’ve inspired me to give it a try!

  2. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Nice. Kudos to you for giving it a shot.
    The marring on the ss from the hammering becomes part of the design?

  3. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    That’s how I’m looking at it! =^__^= Hopefully with hammers designed for jewelry and an actual anvil rather than just a wooden table, I can eventually get better. I did want some texture there, though, so I guess I got that, at least! =^__^=

  4. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Very cool! You may never pay for machine made head pins again. And can’t wait to see what you create with them.

  5. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Very nice! Definitely show us what you make with them!

  6. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    If you have a metal benchblock you don’t need so much power. If I want something softer under I put rubber in btw right now that is a old journal of mine :) Then maybe use harder wire. Nice first try!

  7. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    Thanks! I have nothing at the moment, all I had access to was my fiancé’s father’s tools…he has tons of stuff, because he used to be an airplane mechanic with the military, but none of it is quite…jewelry sized. Heh. All he had to hammer on was his work table, which is wood. I’m hoping to be able to afford an anvil or bench block soon, though! =^__^=

  8. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Hope you soon can afford one too. Depending how hard the wood is it’s very likely that you hammer the wire into the wood and then the effect might not be so great. Think if u find a old journal eaven some table (cant find the word in eng) those round stuff you have your plate on, can work to hammer on. Something that don’t let the wire to sink in. Hope to se more hammer work!

  9. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    Thanks for the advice! I appreciate all the tips I can get, I’m trying to teach myself as much as possible! =^__^=

  10. Asia
    Asia says:

    Good job :D

  11. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    You are on your way with these head pins. Nothing quite as satisfying as making them yourself. Way to go! :D

    In the tools you have access to is there a ball-peen hammer? They make a pretty good stand in for a chasing hammer and it’s much easier to use than a regular hammer.

  12. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    No ball-pein yet, but I just ordered one so I can practice a little more with better equipment! It was on sale, under $10, so I couldn’t resist. =^__^=

  13. EVE G
    EVE G says:

    Good for you,makeing your own head pins.Just try hammering the very end of a piece of SS 20gauge half hard wire and poof there you go instant head pin. I make my own head pins all the time. Good luck1

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