How to make a kickass Mei hairpin
Mei cosplayers, if you’re like me, you’ve found the available selection of Mei hairpins… uninspiring. Or made of foam.
Anyways, I thought I’d share my experience making a pretty nifty hairpin on a budget.
A big magnet (Home Depot)
Also tiny magnets
I used spacers of ¼ and ¾ inches, since the lower spacer needs extra length to stick out from the center of the big magnet. Plus, it acts as a better stabilizer for the hairpin’s stem.
Take a standard chopstick…
… And shave the detailing off of it. (I used an exacto knife but there’s probably better methods lol) I originally started with an 8 mm knitting needle I degreased the anodized color off of, but it had a more matte and less shiny look to it.
Finally, order a red ball - a Redditor recommended the type of red knob used on the ends of machinery pulleys that you can order off of Amazon, but I imagine any red rubber ball would work too. I hot glued the ball to the ¼ inch spacer, then added the small magnet so it would stick to the top of the large magnet. It’s strong enough that it didn’t need additional gluing. The ¾ inch spacer slotted into the large magnet, then I added a bit of hot glue to stabilize the chopstick down the center of that. Finally, add an official Overwatch keychain for Mei’s signature snowflake, and you’re all set!
Metal, not foam 📍💠❤️