Hat Pins 2009



As far back as antiquity pins were used to help secure veils, wimples and hats in place. These probably started out as simple pins or pieces of wire but over time beacme more decorative.


A pin dating from the Merovingian, first half of the 6th century


A tudor  pin


I bought some beautiful hand made beads from Mistress Rhiannon and wanted to make a special piece that really showed the bead to its best advantage.

Hat PinsMethod:

On a 5″ plain gold hat pin I threaded:

  • a small stardust bead
  • bead cap
  • hand made bead
  • bead cap
  • plain gold bead
  • spacer
  • stardust ball
  • filigree tube

The tube was fastened in place using a strong glue.


I am very happy with how the pin turned out however if I make another all the pieces with be secured with glue to make it more stable.




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