Friday, March 10, 2017

A Garden Inspired Shawl Pin for St Patrick's Day

When there's a little chill in the air, a shawl or a scarf is a great accessory to add to your outfit. Even with your neck covered, you can still accessorise your outfit with jewellery - it just won't be around your neck. Try a pretty and practical shawl pin instead. Just drape a warm shawl over your shoulders, gather the folds and pin the two sides together in the front with this garden inspired shawl pin. Because you form this straight pin into a kilt pin after you've strung the beads and components, they will be secure and not fall off when you unclip the brooch.
DIY Swarovski crystal shawl pin made from a kilt pin

Here's what you'll need to make your own shawl pin:

Straight hat pin with hook - 5 1/2"
Swarovski bicones - 5 x 6mm Emerald; 4 x 4mm Erinite
Swarovski briolette - 3 x Erinite
8 x 3mm silver spacers
Curved silver flower connector 34mm x 17mm
5 x 6mm silver jump rings
4 silver head pins

Tools: flat nose pliers, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, memory wire shears

String the Erinite bicones on head pins and bend each one at a 90° angle.

Turn a simple loop.

Hook a jump ring through the central loop of the flower connector and slip on a briolette. Close the jump ring. Attach a jump ring and briolette to the lowest loop of each of the two outer flowers.

Open the loop on each of the bicones. Attach one on either side of the central briolette. Hook the other two through the middle loop of the second and fourth flowers.

Hook a jump ring through the outermost loop of each of the first and fifth flowers and close them.

String two spacer beads, an Emerald bicone and the jump ring on one end of the connector. Then string two spacer beads, three bicones and two more spacers.

Slide the jump ring on the connector along with the beads close to the end of the pin so that you can hook on the second jump ring on the connector.

String a bicone and two more spacers.
Kilt pin strung with Swarovski crystals and jewellery connector

Now it's time to turn the straight pin into a kilt pin. In the next few steps, you'll create the loop in the pin. The trick here is to make sure that you have enough length left in your pin to be able to close the catch. Mine only just closed which means I made my loop just a fraction too large. To make sure yours catches easily, grip the wire in the jaws of the pliers just a little higher than the photo below shows so that your loop will be smaller. 

With the hook of the hat pin facing upwards, grip the hat pin next to the last bead.

Wrap the wire over the top jaw of the pliers back towards the hook.

Remove the pliers and reposition them so that you are now gripping the wire above the bend you just made. Wrap the wire around the bottom jaw of the pliers so that you have formed a complete loop. The wire will now be pointing away from the hook.

Remove the pliers again and insert the top jaw of the pliers into the loop. Bend the wire back over the jaw towards the hook to complete the pin. If you've used a longer pin and it's too long to hook under the catch, then check out this blog post which shows how to shorten the pin.

Pin it to your favourite scarf or shawl and step out in style - it's just the thing for St Patrick's Day!
St Patrick's Day shawl pin

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How to turn a DIY kilt pin into a shawl pin inspiration sheet.

'Til next time.......

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Would you like to comment?

  1. You just taught me something new!! Thank you :) always wondered how that was done!

    1. It's quite obvious when you know how. But until you see the pin finding before it's turned into a pin, it seems quite impossible. I'm glad you learned something new!

  2. Where can I find more unbent pins like this? I've been looking for larger gold ones but can't seem to find them anywhere! Thanks for the tutorial :)

    1. You can click the item in the supplies list and the supplier I've listed still has them in stock. I also did a google search for unbent kilt pins and a couple more results came up. I wasn't able to find any gold ones though. I hope that helps you find what you're looking for.


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