Monday, November 7, 2011

DIY: Hairclips!

Do you have loads of broken jewelry, cute buttons, or antique post/clip-on earrings that nobody wears anymore? I have a great do-it-yourself solution to create your own hair clips! These can be snap-clips, barettes, pins, or anything you can imagine! If you're tired and uninspired with what you see in your local stores for hair accessories, then create your own. 

What you see below are hairclips that I have created from various necklaces, pins, hairbands, and just random crafts-flowers. The sky is the limit. As long as you can find closures at any pharmacy, Wal-Mart, or online, you can create your own stylish accessories that reflect your personality and swagger.

My rule of thumb is that if I can make a remotely flat backing out of whatever I have, it can go onto a metal clip-backing. Sometimes putting metal onto metal can be difficult if you don't have a soldering pen, but I have an ingenious and simple method of going about it: Gorilla Super Glue. That's right, it's just that easy, and if you're having a hard time with one piece slipping off the other, then take a piece of old cloth/leather from a piece of clothing you were likely going to throw away and glue that onto your clip first and then glue your applique on the other side of it. This will allow for some movement without snapping the glue apart while you're handling with your clips. Remember to cut off excessive parts of your pendants if you want to use them on your clips so that they don't tangle in your hair. I've received many compliments on my creations, so let your imagination run wild and don't be afraid to re-invent your jewelry, buttons and baubles!
Pieces currently awaiting transformation

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