Daily Wire Tip July 14: Upcycling Service Pins

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
July 14, 2010


Dale, do you have suggestions for making jewelry – perhaps a necklace – from “service pins”? They look like a tie tac and are given for so many years of service, special events, etc by businesses.

-Sharon in Orange Park, Florida


Actually, I have made two different designs using these commemorative pins. For each I first used a pair of utility wire cutters to remove the pin back and then used a Dremel to buff down the remaining burr.

One of these now charm-like pieces I set into a ring using the classic cabochon design (or Pharaoh’s ring pattern) and the other I made into a pendant using a basic frame wrap. Both owners of these new jewelry items were thrilled, as now they would wear their special pieces more often.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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