- I have quite a collection of veil pins, mostly purchased at
I have a few sets of veil pins based on extant period sources
made from drawn brass wire. They are sharpened on one end by
filing, sanding with sandpaper and a final polish with jewelers
rouge.The other end of the wire is placed through a small bead
then wrapped down and around the "pin" a few times to hold the
bead in place. Though my pins were annealed by heating, they are
still pretty flexible. I wear them only for special occasions.
The ones I wear the most have cast pewter ends on them. The
merchant selling them showed me the mold and explained how she
uses pliers to break the plastic tops off of quilting pins, then
places the bare pins in the mold. The hot metal is poured into
the mold and in a few seconds, a decorative veil pin is removed.
I found some quilt pins a few years ago with little leaves on the
end. They look close enough to laurel leaves that I wear them
sometimes instead of a medallion. I also use them to pin small
tokens to things at A&S competitions.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Madeleine Delacroix" <madeleinedelacroix@...>
Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2007 9:38 PM
Subject: [SCA-Milliners] Veil pins
>I had someone briefly explain who to make veil pins with jewelry
> wires..I have to go to the craft store tomorrow and was
> wondering if
> someone else knew what she was talking about..I read quickly
> the search messages but didn't see anything..
> Madeleine Delacroix