Most of us have bobby pins lying around the house, but probably never thought to use them in jewelry! This is one of the three bobby pin projects in THE JEWELRY RECIPE BOOK that elevate the humble hair accessory to a new level, using simple techniques to craft them into jewelry with a luxe yet whimsical quality.
What you'll need:
About 100 black bobby pins, 2 inches long
Montana Gold acrylic spray paint in Malachite
25 inches of 18-guage silver jewelry wire
2 small crimp beads
1 lobster clasp with ring
Leave the bobby pins on the cardboard they came on (or if using loose bobby pins, line them up on a thin piece of cardboard). Place painter's tape where you do not want the paint to be applied.
Spray-paint the bobby pins (be sure to work in a well-ventilated room), let them dry for 2 hours, and then gently remove the painter's tape.
Slide the bobby pins onto the jewelry wire.
Slide a crimp bead over the end of the wire on both sides, loop through the clasp and the ring at each end, and then crimp using flat-nose pliers (see note). Trim any excess wire.
Note: String a crimp bead onto the beading wire after you've strung beads onto the necklace you're making. Using flat-nose pliers, flatten the crimp bead to hold the components in place.
Smooth out and align the pins when you put the necklace on to achieve the crisp, structured look of the design.
Excerpted from The Jewelry Recipe Book by Nancy Soriano (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by James Ransom.