*TIP: Sometimes the hole in a metal bead or bead cap is just a tiny
bit too small for a hat pin. You can open up the hole just enough to
accept a hat pin by using a
Bead Reamer Tool.
The fine diamond tip is just the thing for opening up a hole so you can
use a larger variety of beads on your hat pins! *Caution: does not work
well with glass beads, which can break and cause injury.
When you've gathered together a collection
of beads for decorating your hat pins, you are ready to begin assembling
You may have a question: how to keep those beads staying put and not
sliding down the pin~ SIMPLE!
First: thread selected beads onto the hat pin, add one open-end clutch to
the end of your beads, twisting them on to begin, (the clutches are
tight) then add a second clutch to the bottom to cover the point and
secure the pin to the hat or garment.
The clutches we are supplying are extremely
tight at first, a good thing for a secure hold.
Here's how to get them up on the pins:
#1. Grip the clutch , using
The pliers provide a perfect grip around the neck of the clutch and will
not mar the finish.
#2. Gently twist while guiding the clutch over the point until the
point is just clear of the open end.
#3. While holding the clutch in one hand, pull the pin through with
Chain Nose Pliers,
then pull the length of the pin through the clutch, taking care not to
force the clutch or bend the pin. Just like threading a needle.
If you find you still have trouble with pushing up the strong
clutch, try using our
Easy Slide barrel
style Clutch. The hole is large enough to slide up the pin, while providing support for beads.
Fancy Beaded Hat Stick Pins
You will need the following components:
Pin Blanks, the size of your choice
2. 3-4mm metal or glass seed bead for Teapot finial *optional.
3. 2 small bead
4. Accent beads for top and bottom:
Packs work well!
5. 2 clutches,
1 barrel style hole through, and 1 bullet style closed end.
*optional. Beacon 527 Multi-purpose craft adhesive got rave reviews
and is highly recommended by Hat Pin crafters.
Chain Nose Pliers
and Crimping Pliers
Another way to
secure beads to your pins is to glue a
3x2 crimp bead
at the end of your bead arrangement. Simply bead onto the hat pin, add the
crimp after the last bead, and using your crimping pliers tighten the crimp,
apply a little craft adhesive, and add another clutch to the point, to finish