Well – looks like a nice day outside. Think I’ll go out. I need my toque (or tuque) – it’s still chilly. And it’s bright, so I’ll put on sunglasses. And my mask, of course. Now I’m ready – ready to go rob a bank by the looks of it!
By the time we get all our gear on – we’ve become invisible. So why not take back your identity with some fun and fabulous Hat Jewelry!
Grab your stash of charms, some jump rings and some odds and ends of chains, an arms length of wire, and some kilt pins – and wire up some hat-charm-jewelry-brooches to make you smile. And make up a few extras while you are at it, to make your friends smile too!
Meanwhile, I’m working on sourcing some silver kilt pins – so that all that glitters is not gold. 😉
Easy to Make
There are two ways to go about these. One is the easy-peasy way, jump rings on the kilt pin and use some of the big crimp covers as beads to be spacers between them.
The other, as our kilt pins don’t have loops – is to wire wrap your own loops.
This is pretty easy too, even if you are not a wire wrapping person. I’ll go into details below.
Pick out some charms, play with the design a bit, decide what looks good, staggering the lengths of the charms on their chains. Probably keep the whole thing to under 2.5 inches (60mm) so that you don’t get something so long it whacks you in the head.
Use jump rings to hang off the loops and to connect the chains. No short piece of chain in your stash? Make your own with jump rings linked together! Remember – jump rings: open and close them side-to-side to maintain their strength.
And once you are done – pin it to your winter hat. It will tinkle and chime merrily to make you smile. And they make other people smile too.
How to Wire your Own Loops on a Kilt Pin
Grab about an arm’s length of wire.
You can use 20 or 22 gauge wire, brass for a matching color, or maybe try a contrasting color for fun. I also used the 20 gauge gold colored aluminum wire for one of these, and I have to say, it is a lot easier to use than the non-tarnish brass. The non-tarnish brass is quite stiff.
You’ll need something to hold the shape of the loops too. A bamboo skewer could work (a little thin though), an orange stick is the perfect size (that’s the wooden stick for manicures – in case no one calls it that anymore!), or something hollow is good too. I found a hollow skewer from a plant decoration that was good. The solid sticks sometimes get stuck because of the tight wrapping, and you have to cut them up to get them out.
Start with a tail of the wire through the spring loop. You wrap through this loop several times to secure the wire from sliding around.
Then start wrapping on the main bar. Having the pin open at this time makes it easier, but don’t stab yourself. Or try not to, anyway.
I like the look of four wraps around the main bar, followed by a double loop – a loop followed by another loop – followed by four more wraps.
When you are ready for your hanging loops, use your stick to hold the shape, and then leave it in place, now getting your wire under it for the next four or so wraps, and then two loops, etc. Giving the stick the occasional twist or wiggle will help with not over tensioning the loops. Maybe.
If the spacing of the wrapping gets away from you, and you get gaps in your wire, then feel free to use your pliers to slide/push the wire loops together for a neater look.
Once you get to the end of the main bar, wrap in tight right up to the end, and trim the wire off close, and use the pliers to make sure the wire is tucked down smooth.
If you have wrapped the stick too tightly to pull it out, use your wire cutters to cut the stick between the loops – hope it wasn’t a stick you really liked – and then wiggle each piece out individually.
And then, it is up to you to decide what to hang from it! Have fun!
Stuff you might want to use if you don’t already have it.
I think these would also be fun with seed beads. Or maybe an interesting peyote stitch square? Or more Crystal beads? Or those little beaded robots I was making last year. Have fun with it! Show us what you make!