Shawl Pins

by Michelle Bates.
(UK)

Shawl Pins by Michelle Bates  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Shawls are lovely, they are cosy and warm.

But they can be annoying when they won’t stay where they’ve been put, falling off the shoulder all the time.

I made these brooches as an attractive solution to that problem.

The actual pin was purchased online and they came in a pack of five with a different number of rings attached.

Those those of you with soldering skills may be able to add your own.

I liked the idea of eclectic items hanging from the brooch for added interest.

Shawl Pins by Michelle Bates  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Some pieces were attached using jump rings but the verdigris pieces were wired into place.

The tea cup and saucer were glued together using E6000 glue and then connected using a jump ring.

All of the other items were from my “I’ll use it sometime” stock ( we all have one ).

These two brooches were Christmas gifts, I really must make one for my own shawls.

Michelle Bates
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  • What a great idea, Michelle – it’s always nice to have jewelry that’s both functional and artistic. I love the collections of elements you’ve attached to the pins. And I agree that more people might wear shawls if they had an artistic pin to help hold the shawl on!

  • Judith says:

    They are lovely.

  • Dana C Smith says:

    Functionality, quirky individuality, and beauty in one place! Very cool. Michelle!

  • Val says:

    Gorgeous designs. These are such a pretty way to keep the shawl in place.

  • Dixie Ann says:

    Michelle, can you leave a link as to where you purchased the pins? Thanks so much, diamondix14@gmail.com

  • Dixie Ann, I just did a quick online search – go to Google and search for “shawl pin blanks” – and you’ll find several providers. I hope this helps! 🙂

  • Debra Lowe says:

    Shawls are back and this is an awesome way to keep snug, so cute and clever.

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