Friday I posted some photos from the Chanel runway show that really inspired me. Pearls were a big focus in the runway show and the way pearls were used in the models' hair really inspired me to create these bobby pins.
Assorted sized pearl beads
Thin jewelry wire-I used 24 gauge.
Jewelry making tools-wire cutters & pliers
Start by cutting off a short piece of the wire. About 4 inches or so.
To get the wire attached to the pin, I slightly curled the end and then began wrapping it around the top bar of the bobby pin. I wrapped it around twice to make sure the wire was secure.
After the wire is secured I added a bead onto the wire and then adjusted it to allow the bead to set directly on top of the pin. I did this for two reasons. The first is that it just looks better and also the bead camouflages the wire somewhat. Overall it just creates a better and more professional look.
Once the bead was situated how I wanted it, I wrapped the wire around the bobby pin two more times. After it was tightly wrapped I snipped the excess wire off and pinched it close along the pin to make sure it wouldn't catch in my hair.
For such a fairly simple DIY I think the results are really elegant and pretty. Placing a few of these throughout my hair would be so pretty but also kind of unusual and interesting. There's really an awesome juxtaposition between classic and avant-garde with these pearl pins. I really think that's why I was so interested in creating these. The pearl beads are classic but the pins give it a fun new take on the classic of idea of pearls.