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My First Handmade Hammered Headpins

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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

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  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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