How to Make Victorian Style Hat Pins

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How to Make Victorian Style Hat Pins
Hats (hats in the expositor image by JoLin from

In the Victorian era women didn't like the skin on their faces to become sun-tanned or blotched. To prevent this, they wore large hats that shaded their faces and necks. To keep these hats in place during slightly breezy conditions women used a long shaft of metal that wove between the hat and the hair of the woman. These shafts of metal were called hat pins. Today hat pins are experiencing a revival as the threat of skin cancer makes it fashionable to cover up.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hat pin finding
  • Large beads
  • Findings
  • Crimp beads
  • Crimping tool

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  1. 1

    Select beads with a larger hole so that they will fit over the thick shaft of a hat pin finding. To achieve the Victorian style, you should think about using several beads together for an ornate look. Remove the safety knob on the end of the hat pin shaft.

  2. 2

    Slide each bead onto the hat pin finding in the order you prefer. Use findings on each side of each bead to add to the ornate look. You can also add jump rings with dangling beads in between beads on the hat pin finding.

  3. 3

    Slide two crimp beads on when you have picked up all of your beads. Use a crimping tool to secure the crimp beads. Crimp each bead twice from different directions to hold it more firmly.

  4. 4

    Place your knob on the bottom of your shaft.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a bead bore tool to widen the hole on beads or findings that are too small. These can be found at most beading stores in various sizes. Keep an eye out at antique stores and junk shops for interesting Victorian era beads you can reuse.

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