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Quick Upcycling Project: Beady Safety Pins

Make these pretty charms in just a few simple steps. It’s a great, quick project for someone starting out in jewellery making as you can practice forming the loops and finish the item in only a little time.

Upcycled safety pin charms

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What you need:

Safety-pin

(any size but large ones will be easier if you are not used to making the loops)

Beads

Head Pins (20 or 22 gauge)

Round Nose Pliers

Wire Cutters

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Start off by threading the beads onto the head pins to create the colours and patterns you want. You need to make sure you leave at least 1cm  spare at the top of the head pin as this is where the loop will be formed.
It’s up to you whether you just want a few of these or lots to fill up the whole pin, be aware that the loops become harder to turn as it become more crowded on the safety-pin.
Once you are happy with the colours and patterns you have it’s time to fix them to the safety-pin. You will be attaching them to the straight part of the pin that does not open using a plain jewellery loop. (If you aren’t sure how to make a jewellery loop I would recommend watching this great video by Rena Klingenberg.)

Once you’ve added them all you’re done! It’s as simple as that.

Upcycled Beady Safety Pin

Your finished charm has a lot of uses. You can use it as a bag or scarf charm, for example  or use it as a marker or pin for some of your craft items such fabric squares or felt pieces.

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