Take an old cabinet drawer pull with a retro or intriguing design and repurpose it for your hair.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
Cabinet drawer pulls. (My local Habitat For Humanity store had mismatched old cabinet pulls for 10 cents a piece.)
a means for filing metal. I'm using a tile wet saw. That may constitute tool abuse, but most metals were once mixed in with stone, so I don't see a problem here.
Elastic hair band
Step 2: Cut and File
Wearing safety glasses and earplugs if needed:
Cut away excess length to the standoff with a saw. Keep your fingers well away from the saw blade.
File halfway through the standoff to make notches.
Smooth down any rough edges with a file.
Wash your hands and everything afterwards to remove any little bits of metal dust.
Step 3: Attach an Elastic
Attach an elastic that fits snugly through the notches you made.
Step 4: Finis
Wear it in your hair at the hardware store and see if anyone notices what it is. =)
Step 5: Afternote: the Failed Approach
I tried metal forming my own wire clip to secure it but I am no MrBaleng.
This was very difficult and frustrating and didn't work well.
The elastic through the notches works well enough and is much much easier.