Copper Hat Pins
by Dale Armstrong
Question:

I wish to make hat pins with copper wire. Could you tell me what temper and gauge I should use to take beads, and not bend?

-Bev in Melbourne, Australia
Instructions
Answer:

Bev, as you mentioned, the choice of gauge would depend on the weight of the beads used to make a hatpin, as well as the size of their holes.

One of our WS Faculty members collects antique hats and sometimes makes hatpins. She uses a full hard temper wire in gauges from 18 through 20. Because copper is naturally a soft metal, you might try using a rubber hammer and bench block to harden the wire without changing the shape.

Another way to harden round copper wire would be to put it into a drill and twist it. No, you will not see a difference in the shape of the wire, it will still be perfectly round, but it will be harder. Just don't twist too much or it will become brittle and could break or snap more easily.

Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong
Dale Armstrong's Copper Hat Pins - , Classic Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Hat Pin

Materials

18 Gauge Half Round Half Hard Copper Wire
H11-18HRH
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 feet
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20 Gauge Round Half Hard Copper Wire
H11-20H
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 feet
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  • Price: $0.42
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Tools

2 Ounce Rubber Head Hammer
G3-19
  • G3-19
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Bench Block Helper with Steel and Nylon Blocks
DAP-500.30
  • DAP-500.30
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3.6 Volt Automatic Wire Twister (Cordless Screwdriver)
G5-15
  • G5-15
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3 Prong Wire Twister Head
G5-2
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Double Ended Pin Vise
G5-4
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Pin Vise - 4 Piece Set
G5-7
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Sliding Pin Vise
G10-22
  • G10-22
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  • Price: $5.58
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Swivel Head Pin Vise
G5-1
  • G5-1
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Swivel-Headed Pin Vise
PIN-220.00
  • PIN-220.00
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  • Category: Classic
  • Technique(s): Wrapping