Hat pins are used to secure your hat to your hair so the hat won't fly off your head and they are decorative as well. They used them a lot in the Victorian era. Here is how to make an easy one.
You will need:
1 Doll needle 5" (127 mm)
3 crystal faceted beads (10 mm)
1 bullet clutch w/plastic pad (it's a type of earring back that looks kind of like a little bullet)
26 guage very flexible thin wire (I used gold)
This is easy and only costs about $8 to make.
Step 1: Step 1
Cut off about 12" of the wire. String one of the beads through the wire, then stick the needle through the bead. String the second bead on the wire then stick the needle through the second bead, repeat for third bead. You should now have three beads strung on the wire and the needle. They should be pushed close togehter in a row and leave the end of the needle with just the hole sticking out at the top.
Step 2: Step 2
Thread the wire through the end of the needle at the top and leave some wire sticking out (about an inch). At the other end where the wire comes out of the bottom of the beads, take the wire and run it up the side of the bead on the outside and twist around between the two beads, then up and over the next bead, twist it around in between those two beads and then up over the last bead and through the end of the needle. You should now have two wires sticking out of the top of the needle and the beads should be secured into place by the wire.
Step 3: Step 3
Cut off the wires so that both of them are about an inch long. Twist them together like a bread tie so that they are twisted together all the way to the end of the wires. Then twist the wires down and around the top of the needle to finish it off.
Step 4: Step 4
Add the bullet clutch to the other end. This will secure it in place when you attach it to your hat. Be careful not to poke your head when securing the hat to your hair.