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Old 10-27-2008, 07:47 PM
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Dealing with pins that are also pendants

I found some cool pins in Paris that I thought would make nice pendants. I have a couple of questions for you experienced jewelry makers about these.

For the pieces that are just pins, but that I want to use as pendants, is there some kind of converter that I can get at a bead shop or through a catalog that will allow me to use the piece as a pendant, but still allow the buyer to detach and wear as a pin?

One of the pieces I bought is set up to use as a pendant or pin already, but the pinback seems to me would not be comfortable against bare skin and might pull threads on a knit or other delicate fabric. Are there covers for pinbacks that I can get? Also, the bail is a loop, no opening; how do I attach it to a necklace in such a way that the buyer can remove it to wear as a pin if desired?

Questions, questions...ain't we newbies a pain? But you're so good with us! Thanks in advance...



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Old 10-27-2008, 08:03 PM
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Re: Dealing with pins that are also pendants

I have used tiny lobester clasp to attached it, that way you could take it on and off. But can't think of anything that would hide the pin back. If you look at my etsy stuff, the fairy charm bracelet has a pendant/pin for the focal point.
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Re: Dealing with pins that are also pendants

Diana, I know they make pin converters to make a pendant out of one, I will look for the link.

Shipwreck beads has one:

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Old 10-27-2008, 09:44 PM
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Re: Dealing with pins that are also pendants

Oh, Rita, you just had to introduce me to Shipwreck Beads, didn't you...? Thanks -- I've ordered a few, plus a ton of other stuff I just "needed," y'know?



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Re: Dealing with pins that are also pendants

Diane, I sometimes wear brooches as pendants and all I do is take a fairly open chain and thread the pin through several links in a zigzag (does that make sense?). It keeps the pendant centred and stops it twisting.
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Diane, I sometimes wear brooches as pendants and all I do is take a fairly open chain and thread the pin through several links in a zigzag (does that make sense?). It keeps the pendant centred and stops it twisting.
Ooh, another good idea! I don't use chains much, but will be taking a class on the subject in January -- thanks!



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