Saturday, May 30, 2009

More Pins and Some Help Please

I have had a lot of fun putting together pins this week, soldering jump rings to pen nibs, pouring some resin, twisting wire and running my fingers through my button stash. I used some vintage fold-over connectors at the top of this pin, and a less ornate one on the pin below. Does anyone know what their correct name is? Or where I can get more? I really like these!
These owls have been a part of my stash for a long time too, but finally they have a home and nests of their own.
Another of my favourite components is the little fuses with brass ends, I pull them apart add vintage text (usually encouraging scripture) and then solder a jump ring to the top.
I wore this pin to work earlier in the week, some of my students (mostly boys) had a wonderful time passing it around and trying to identify all the components. Friends have been uncomfortable with the name I gave these pins; junk pins. A comment from a delightful, and almost illiterate, teenage boy that 'You tell a story with this Miss, unna?' has changed their name to 'Story Pins'.

15 comments:

Doreen G said...

I love the bottom one Julie and I love the name Junk Pins I think it says it all.

kelsey said...

I too love your Junk Pins and maybe you could tell your students that they are called "Junque" pins instead! lol

Melita said...

Hello from Finland !
I am really impressed by this jewellery you create - looks wonderful !

Jane P said...

Julie, you have such a wonderful style with the Junque Pins....Unna

Janet said...

Junk pins, junque pins, or story pins....whatever you call them they are beautiful and interesting. When I wear mine someone always asks me about it.

I love the one at the bottom!

Still Waters Studio said...

I love the name "story pins" as there is so much to see and think about in them.
I don't know how you pull the ends off the fuses. When I try, they won't come off and I'm afraid I'll break the glass.

Tecu'Mish said...

Hi Julie, those parts are called "bails". You can google it and find places that sell them. That teenage boy maybe illiterate, but he sure is smart! Your pins are magical and imaginative, definitely telling "stories"!

Brenda said...

Your junque pins are beautiful, and unique. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Dale said...

I love the botom pin there. I especially like what you did with the brass fuse. What a fantastic idea! I will have to keep my eyes open if i ever am in a hardware store type place that sells electrical suplies. I'd love to try out some things like that. Also, the pen nib idea is fantastic.

Are you a teacher then? I teach english in South Korea. My students LOVE seeing my jewelry, especially my kindergartens. They now think that all Canadians wear jewelry like that, since they don't see much of it here in conservative South Korea. Hahahaha...

katelnorth said...

no idea what the whatsit is called, but I love the name story pins. :)

Jacky said...

Story pins...I like that Julie. They are really gorgeous, I love trying to identify all of those unusual pieces too.

What wonderful owls...where ever did you find them?

Jacky xox

Sue Smith said...

Such productivity, such gorgeousness!

le blog de vero said...

We call them "bellières" in France. xoxo

Véronique

Cat said...

I was thinking "treasure pins"...

They are beautifuly by any name!

Gillian said...

Oh Julie!
I love, love, love your pins!!!!
Oh you are sooooooo clever!