- 25 gage wire
- bobby pin
- three pearls
- needle nosed pliers
What you do:
- String your first pearl on the wire and bring it to the center.
- Fold the wire down on either side of the pearl, then using your pliers, pinch the two wires together.
- Holding both wires firmly with the pliers, use your other hand to twist the pearl around several times.
- Repeat steps 2-4 on either side of the center pearl with your two additional pearls. Be sure to keep a firm grasp on the wire while twisting your pearls.
- Once all three pearls are wired in, bring both wires down so that they lined up with the center pearl.
- Grasp the wires with the pliers 1/8 of an inch below the pearls, with your other hand, hold all three pearls together and twist. This should twist the wire directly below the pearls.
- Now it is time to attach the pearls to the bobby pin. Using your pliers, wrap each wire around the top of the bobby pin. Be careful to pull the wires tight so that the pearls are firmly attached to the top. I wrapped each wire around two-to-three times.
- Cut the wire, and use the pliers to pinch the cut end tightly up against the bobby pin.
- I found if the pearls are a bit wiggly on the top of the bobby pin, I could just twist them a couple times to tighten everything up.
I've made ten bobby pins, which should be enough. I don't want to have the pearls look crowded. I played around with the bobby pins in my hair on Saturday, I had my hair in a bun with the bobby pins securing it in place and my veil underneath. Everyone (including Tom) approved. I also like just holding them in a group. The wire looks so intricate, and the whole look is just pretty.