2090Re: make your own hairpins!
- Jul 2, 2004--- In SCA-Milliners@yahoogroups.com, "Maura Folsom" <jauncourt@v...>
> much discussion of the (lack of) merits of commercial hairpins snipped.What would you recommend for someone with the opposite problem? I've
> Me? I break plastic hair devices of all stripes. I gave up on plastic
> chignon pins and hairsticks eons ago. The regular u-shaped wire
> hairpins that you can find, even 'heavy' ones, don't last long in my
> hair, because they are made of cheaper metal than they used to be
> (though I've occasionally found packs of older-style HEAVY wire pins
> here in Texas, land of old women with BIG hair), eventually bending
> out to 90 degree angles in my heavy hair. Clip barrettes just pop off
> in pieces, as do spring barrettes.
> Anyway. Enough with the complaining ;)
> My favorite hairpins are a set made by a wireworker freind some 10 (It
> can't be 10, can it? Oh, god, yes, it can...) years ago. They are
> about the size of the weak wimpy plastic chignon pins, and a similar
> knobbly shape. They are made of 16 gauge (I think...) brass rod, and
> have slightly sharper curves and less rounded head-loops. They were
> work-hardened by being hammered flat (but not thin, just slightly
> flattened), which rendered them stiff but still flexible, and geve a
> very slight curve. The ends are filed to gentle rounded points and
> polished smooth so as not to catch hair.
> There were 8 or so to start, and I've got about 3 of the original set
> still. None ever broke, or fell out of my hair. The missing ones got
> lost when they fell behind furniture or out of a basket at events. I
> eventually made some replacements, including a few longer ones, but
> they have mostly gone the way of the originals. Time to make more.
> If you know a wireworker or jeweler or armorer who is willing, you
> could easily have a set of uber-hairpins that can survive your hair too.
tried the hair pins that one can purchase at SCA/Ren events and they
just fall out due to my hair being so fine and not course enough to
keep them in.
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