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Coloured Copper Headpins

A new variation on my copper ball headpins - coloured balls! The headpins are made with a torch, pickled, trimmed, oxidised and cleaned up, tumbled and then the fun begins. I painted the ball ends with different coloured patina inks and sealed with a coat of varnish

 Multicoloured - like mini balloons on sticks!

I found a sponge pan scrubber very useful for sticking the headpins into to let them dry. I think they're really sweet and a great way to add a bit of colour. You could twirl them to make dangling tendrils or make a wrapped loop at the top to make little dangles or just use them as good old headpins!

Available in turquoise, green, lilac, pink and mixed colours and currently being added to my Folksy and Etsy shops i just need to make some for myself :D


  1. Great post!! very informative.
    Thank you very much for such a lovely and informative post.
    Navratna Mala

  2. A stunning array of coloured head pins really unusual and beautiful. Thanks for sharing Siân :0)

  3. You always come up with the most clever and unique ideas -- amazing!

  4. Hey, there, Tracy! Hope life has been treating you well. Was thinking about you the other day and then ran across your blog today (: The headpins are fabulous. Off to check out your shop!

  5. Absolutely beautiful! I've just found your blog and I can't tear myself away. I've just started making jewellery as a hobby and i'm on the lookout for inspiration - looks like i just found some.

  6. These are fabulous and so fun!!! Nice work!

  7. Thanks for the great tip on using a pan scrubber and the headpins have come out beautifully.


  8. Super cool idea! I haven't seen this before.


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