So, in the meantime, the studio called out to me today. Some time ago I had bought some wire at the welding shop. I love the welding shop and hardware stores ... especially the old-time ones in small towns. They could hold my attention for hours ... which is amazing considering Laura says I have the attention span of a gnat! But this wire is the most beautiful bronze color. It is about 20 gauge and very, very stiff. I suspect it is steel. Here are the pins I made with it.
"Patriot" ... sans the word "Act"
I cut the wire to about 7" in length. I flattened one end of the wire by hammering (forging) it. With metal snips ... actually because this wire is so stiff the cutters were more like 18" long ... I cut the end of the wire into a point and filed, filed, filed ... the edges, the depth and width of the wire. I polished the wire tip to a smooth finish with my electric polisher and some Zam. You wouldn't want to snag any clothing. This pin is great on linen fabric or loosely woven knits. In the Fall and Winter (which we're still recovering from), it will be perfect with a scarf ... just don't use it on finely woven fabrics.
The rest of the making is pretty self-evident. These pins are fun to make because you can get really quirky with the bead selection. It's not like you're designing a necklace. These are quick and spontaneous and a great way to use up a few leftover beads. I'll get more details on the wire and will report back. It's perfect for this type of pin.