Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hat Pins

This could be a new hobby. I signed up for a Hat Pin swap on Splitcoast Stampers. They are made using different beads that are used in making jewelry and corsage pins. I'm not sure if it is new to cardmaking, however, they are being used as embellishments for cards. Michael's has all of their bead strands on sale at 40% off. So yesterday I bought 4 strands of different beads and some findings to see what I could put together. There are lots of videos on You Tube showing how to make them. They are really easy, actually. Kind of a no-brainer.

For some reason it was difficult to get a clear picture so the beads could be seen. The corsage pins have a pearl at the top. One of the videos I watched, the crafter used Copic markers to color the pearl. I didn't try that. On the one in front, I used a purple crystal, then a flower spacer, the purple flat bead, another spacer and another purple crystal. On the one in back...there's a clear crystal, an oval purple bead that is varigated with some brown and purple, a purple pearl, and another clear crystal. An earring clutch is holding the beads together, for now. In most of the videos I watched the beads were glued together using Crystal Effects. Crystal Effects is used in card making to adhere different embellishments to a card. It dries clear so it can't be seen. Another crafter used a hot glue gun. And another used a product called E-6000. I've not seen that product.

I'm not sure if I really like these so that is why I haven't glued the beads yet. So tell me what you think.


jalna said...

Those are so pretty Betty. I love beads too, but I just don't dare get into another hobby.

Dee in N.H. said...

I think they are beautiful!

Betty Townsend said...

@Dee...thank you!

@Jalna...Thank you. I know, it could be another expensive hobby. :)