May 30, 2008
PROJECT: Beaded Bobby Pins
Tousled tresses can most definitely be troublesome. I know this firsthand. I am simultaneously blessed and cursed with thick curly hair. You can stick a pencil to my scalp and my hair extends beyond the eraser. Keeping it all in line is not an easy feat. I've had my share of hot rollers, flat irons, relaxers, hair extensions, head wraps, goops, gels and sprays.
These days, I let it flow au naturel. But that method has brought on its own set of minor traumas. The mass I call my hair has uncovered a few hidden treasures every now and then: pens, a Post-it note, price stickers, a Charm's Blow Pop and even a lost baby lizard that my husband removed and set free to our back yard. Most commonly, I find bobby pins. I use them daily, thinking they can neatly harness my wiry strands, but they either spring off or become swallowed up by "the mass."
As a last-ditch effort for curly control, I began making my own hairpins from bobby pins, beads and wire. I may have finally found closure. Not only do the colorful beads add flair to my 'do, but the wrapped wire around the top of the pin provides extra gripping action.
* Spool of 36-gauge wire
* Bobby pins
* Needle-nose pliers with nippers
* Assorted-size beads
* Nail file
Directions: Cut a piece of wire 6 inches long. Take one end and loop it through the curved end of a bobby pin, leaving one-eighth inch out. Use the needle-nose pliers to twist and secure the loose end. Straighten the longer piece of wire, facing up. Slide a bead on, press it down tightly to the top of the pin, then loop the excess wire around the top part of the pin; straighten the wire again and slide another bead on. Continue this pattern while adjusting beads in a snug and straight line. Once you reach the top, wrap the wire around two or three times to secure it. Cut excess wire with nippers. Use file to smooth the edges of the wire on either side.
Tip: This process will work for most beads, the smaller the better. Once you have a handful of beaded pins, slip them over a piece of ribbon for safekeeping.
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