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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “you really should try something of the sort, just take it a step at a…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Easy Does It”:
    “A modern, simple, and effective way to show off a beautiful bead or stone!…” read »

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    Fresh Baked on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Great to share this time of year with proms and weddings!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Finally”:
    “I wondered what you were going to do with that beautiful focal. You certainly did it…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Another gorgeous work of art!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “odalisque”:
    “I can't imagine even attempting this! Intricate, ornate, gorgeous, beautifully done!!!!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “Finally”:
    “Love it!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “Thank you all for the complements. Sophiebug I don't try to see the holes when I'm…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Good, I am glad it is helpful. remember to not over twist the square wire…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Patina Queen”:
    “RockyD, just saw your note...the leaves are from Lima--#42368--but they are out of stock right now.…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “no, each step really is simple. there are only so many ways one can…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “whirlpool”:
    “Beautiful! Love the gradated pearls inside the spiral. Such a nice touch.…” read »

  • Rocky D
    Rocky D on “Patina Queen”:
    “Were did the leaves come from. If you don't mind me asking?…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “whirlpool”:
    “More "ooh" and "ahh"! Forget about finding needles to accommodate those seed beads-my eyes would not…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Nice idea. Really like the ones with the red pearls--they have a oriental touch to…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Easy Does It”:
    “Sometimes simplicity has a lot to say! You could create a hold variety of pieces,…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Again, just wow! I'm going to try the spiral-love the look of it!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “odalisque”:
    “Wow, this is so gorgeously intricate. And there's no earthly way I could ever come close…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Finally”:
    “This is beautiful, especially the PC focal. Love the colors!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Finally”:
    “I just love that you made so many of the components. I especially like all…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, you are so funny, I'm chuckling now...surely not simple. Beautiful design with such intricate…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spiral Dance”:
    “The square/spiral wire combo holding the cab is amazing! Including the instructions really helps all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “whirlpool”:
    “Robert, this is so beautiful! I really like the pearls and tiny seed beads wrapped…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spring Birds”:
    “All of YOUR support is a tremendous comfort. Sometimes we can feel so alone in…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “OK....this is totally the look I'm trying to achieve, but sadly never do! I'm in…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Finally”:
    “Love the focal. Gorgeous bracelet. I really like the multi-strand components. Just lovely.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Finally”:
    “I loved the dandelion focal when you showed it previously, but seeing it in the finished…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “odalisque”:
    “Another beautiful design. :) …” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow Robert. This is a gorgeous design and the workmanship is excellent. Into my…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “These are all beautiful Moogie. I didn't realize you could do kumihimo with larger beads…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I agree-wow! This is a wonderful necklace. I like how the patterned silk ties in with…” read »

  • Michelle
    Michelle on “Tangerine Dream”:
    “Thanks y'all !…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Just the thing to finish off a lovely outfit!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Easy Does It”:
    “Wonderful, simple everyday piece! Could be some lucky buyer's signature piece!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow! Copper, pearls, tiny seeds - what's not to love? A fave!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “20/0 seed beads are antiques, mine were made in the 1800's. Greasy is the…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “I'd never before been even the slightest bit worried, and then recently I was on…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “whirlpool”:
    “Ok, I was wondering about the green opals. Thought I was going blind or something... Second, I've…” read »

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    Moogie on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, nice to see you again. I was thinking the same thing as Donna--who could come…” 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!


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. Frida
    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. Frida
    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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