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Bejeweled bobby pins

Use two-part clay as a base for sparkling hair accessories

These crystallized beauties are a cinch to make. Just mix up the clay and dome it as you like — and keep in mind that you’ll need more chatons to cover the extra surface area of the dome. Then let it cure — no kiln required.

SUPPLIES

  • bobby pin
  • 20–40 1.5–6 mm chatons
  • bobby pin with bezel
  • Crystal Clay
  • tweezers or toothpick with wax or putty

Bobby pin from Thunder Rock Sports Jewelry, 918.902.9001, thunderrocksportsjewelry.com. Crystal Clay from Crystal Clay, 800.381.4080, crystalclayonline.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.

INSTRUCTIONS

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Step 1
1. Mix equal parts of clay according to the package directions. You’ll need about a pea-sized amount of combined clay.
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Step 2
2. Press the clay into the bezel of a bobby pin, doming it as desired.
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Step 3
3. Using tweezers or a toothpick with a bit of putty on the end, press chatons in the clay as desired (Tip, below). Allow to cure for 24 hours.
Tip!
For an iridescent effect as in the burgundy and lavender bobby pins, try MetalFX powder (BeadFX, beadfx.com). Apply a generous layer of powder after setting the chatons. Once the clay has cured, use a soft cloth to remove excess powder.
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