Hat Jewelry

I’m ready – ready to be completely anonymous!

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

Jump rings on the main bar, and large crimp covers between to be spacer beads

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.

wire wrap to add your own loops to an unloopy kilt pin

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.

Visualizing the design and lengths – most of the time it will be in motion when you are wearing, but I want to have the lengths different so the charms don’t hide each other.

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.

Sun stamping-blank, with wired on flower link, Swarovski drop, reproduction vintage coin, open leaf frame, and light chain. This is the first one I made, and is the simplest.


How to Wire your Own Loops on a Kilt Pin

Grab about an arm’s length of wire.

Boy, that spool on the right has been hanging around in my stash for a long time!

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.

Secure with a few wraps through the spring loop/coil/end thingy

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.

Alternately, you can wrap a few times first onto the main bar, then wrap into the spring loop to stop it sliding around.
secure the wire by wrapping through the spring coil at the end.

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.

getting ready to make the hanging loops

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.

I think two loops side by side look nicer, but you can do one or even three! It’s your choice!

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.

don’t let the wire boss you around – use your pliers to make it “com-plier-ant.” 😉
Then, go back to wrapping the main bar. Leave the stick in place, but try not to wrap it so tightly you can’t get it out.
Now you are wrapping between the stick and the main bar.
Keep wrapping. If you take the stick out here, the big loops get all wonky and stop lining up.
tighten up those wraps for a nice, neat look!
Just about done!

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.

Hmmm – one more set of loops, or just finish it off?
Just finished! Wrap up snug to the end, and trim and tuck!
Nice and neat and ready hang stuff!

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.

Close up of the end

And then, it is up to you to decide what to hang from it! Have fun!

Turquoise drop with cone, leaf, starfish, 3 bead, another drop and cone, and a spiraly pendant thing. Pretty.
These basketweave cones are round, but the metal is soft enough that a gentle squeeze with the pliers makes them oval and a good fit for the turquoise drop.
A leafy pendant/charm, a bit of really heavy wire crimped into a leather crimp end (I was experimenting), a coin charm, an owl bead – here I made the chain by doubling up some jump rings, and a horse charm/pendant. The four stone beads at the top were added last, wire wrapped between each one.
No wrapped wire here – this is jump rings, and large crimp covers added as beads. And old stashed Swarovskis. Ha!
I turned a friend loose in my stash – this is what she came up with. She has never made anything like this before. (Worry not – we are in the same bubble)
This is the first time she ever did any wire wrapping. Pretty good, eh?
I’m having a hard time stopping making them! I need more hats now!

Stuff you might want to use if you don’t already have it.

Kilt pins



Wire cutters



Jump rings

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!

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