If you’ve been here before and have seen my pins on Pinterest in the sidebar lately, you already know I have a thing for stick pins. In fact, I recently posted a tutorial on making a pin cushion. What does a jewelry maker need a pin cushion for? Stick pins, of course! So today’s tutorial is all about making stick pins. We’re going make them two different ways, easy and really easy.
When I started making stick pins, I had some trouble finding the right kind of pins. The gold ones above are from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads and are 5″ long. If you purchase from them, read the descriptions carefully; some of the pins come with clutches, and some do not. I recently found a site called Many Horses which has a good variety of pins and clutches. I haven’t ordered from them yet, but you know I will eventually. Also pictured are corsage pins. I never even thought of using corsage pins until recently and they are so easy to find. These were purchased at the local not-so-super store, you know the one I’m talking about.
Stick pins need clutches.The top row are stick pin clutches, and the bottom row are earring clutches. Not as fancy are the stick pin clutches, but easier to find. I bought a box of 120 from Michaels‘ and they work just fine.
All the corsage pins I bought had white pearl ends. It is possible to buy colored pearl corsage pins, but these are just painted with nail polish.
This is a great way to use up some leftover beads. Make sure they will fit on the pins, which are thicker than regular head pins. You’re also going to need some crimp beads and crimp covers.
For metal beads, a bead reamer will help to enlarge the holes if they are too small. The glue is to help hold everything in place And you might have to crimp, so have a crimping tool handy.
Let’s start with the corsage pins. They are short so they don’t need many beads. Go ahead and arrange your beads the way you want the finished product to look.
Slide the beads down and apply glue to the pin. Have a tooth pick handy in case you add too much. Move your beads into place, adding glue if you need to.
Add a dab of glue for the crimp bead and slide it into place.
Crimping is the hardest thing you have to do. Crimp it hard, but not so hard that you bend the pin.
If you want, add a crimp cover. This method was the easy way. Now for the really easy way.
You still need to glue the beads to the pin, and put some glue under your design for the earring clutch.
The clutch is going to be tight, so be careful sliding it up the pin. It’s better to start the clutch and then pull the pin down instead of pushing the clutch up. But it’s finished and it’s a lot easier than crimping!
Making longer stick pins are basically done the same way, just use more beads.
I know the crimp is silver, but the sterling crimps just work better.
A gold crimp cover finishes it up. Now let’s do one more long one, but with a clutch instead of a crimp.
I think the clutch adds a nice detail.And since it’s glued into place, it’s not going to come off. That’s it. Easy, isn’t it?
Here’s a few more I made today.
I do believe I like Mr. Bones the best. You make what you like and I’m sure you’ll have a favorite. But just in case, you know you can always get them from me!
And if you want to see the pincushion tutorial, just go here.