Now for this tutorial I am using Vintage Earrings and Broaches because I have a nice collection I won on ebay! You can also find lots of earrings and pins at garage sales, flea markets, second hand shops and more. Heck, you might even have a relative or two that is looking to clean out their jewelry box ;)
I know what you're thinkin' ~ How can this be for a guy...well, you can use more than just vintage jewelry for these push pins. Other ideas include: Game Pieces, Foreign or Domestic Coins, Buttons (plain or decorative), faux gemstones, rocks (polished or plain), watch faces, etc. The possibilities are endless, you may even have everything you need in your stash already!
Jewelry or other bits (game pieces, buttons, etc.)
Hot Glue Gun
1. If you are using vintage earrings or pins you will need to remove the findings... I use a pair of pliers and snip off anything that sticks out...be it earring posts, clips, pins, etc. You want a flat back if possible.
2. Flat tack pins work best and require no additional steps to use. However, if you're like me I had the regular dimensional type push pins. You will need to cut off the upper half of the push pin ~ The plastic cuts easily with a pair of side cutters. This photo shows a flat push pin, a normal dimensional push pin and a push pin that I cut the top off of.
3. Place the earring, pin, etc. face down on your work surface; squirt a nice size pile of hot glue in the center.
4. Immediately press the push pin into the hot glue. You may want to use pliers for this step...I burnt my finger tips more than once during this step!
5. Let the glue cool completely ~ if you try to pick it up too soon it will fall out and usually make a stringy mess ;)
After they have cooled they are ready to use!!!!
Now how freakin' cool is that?
If you would like to win an assortment of these pins (not nec. the ones shown in the photo...I have LOTS made) simply post a comment to be entered to win :)
You have until 11-24 to post to be entered to win!
Good Luck Friends!!