Saturday, May 30, 2015

Crown hair accessories

It's baseball season, which means I spend a lot of time thinking about my favorite team, the players, and their stats.  So I recently made a few crown accessories to go with my Royal obsession and wear to the games.

I'm still trying to figure out what I keep and what to list in my Etsy shop.  I'm not sure anyone else would be interested in these things.

I made the crown hair comb/hairpin/tiara by sawing out the crown shape, soldering on some textured wire, and giving it an oxidized finish for contrast.  I am ridiculously happy with this thing and can't wait to wear it to a game.  (Figuring out how exactly to wear it is my next task.  I may end up pulling the sticks all depends what works best.)

I also made a couple of teeeeeeeeny tiny crowns to run a bobby pin through and wear.

Here they are during fabrication; I tried a couple of little loop designs for the pins to go through. They both work!

And here is one of them attached to a pin.  See?  Tiny.

Simple coin bracelet

Several years ago my sister gave me some coins from her stint in the Peace Corps in Ukraine.  At the time, I didn't have a drill press to properly drill a hole through any of them and every time I considered bezel setting the coins I didn't like how it looked. So I set them aside and sort of forgot about them.

After tinkering with the Roman coins, I started searching through my piles and finally found the coins again.  I ended up with a simple cold connection to add the coin to a sterling bracelet.

This should be tough enough for everyday wear - I soldered the links for strength and since it's entirely made of metal it doesn't need any special care.  (I have a special hatred for soldering links, but sometimes it has to be done.)

I like the copper rivet with the coin and the sterling - maybe there are more of these in my future.