About my affection for tie-tack, butterfly clutch style pinbacks–I love these because that little circle you’re gluing things to is so small. You can turn a flat bead into a pin. A coin–a penny would make a lovely pin, just glue a tie tack to it! Or one of those flat acrylic sparklies you can get by the bagful. Anything can be a pin!
Once you realize that ALMOST ANYTHING CAN BE A PIN the world opens up to you. Imagine it! A graham cracker? Can be a pin! Okay, not a very durable one, but still. A twig? A small flat rock? A boxtop? An old key?
And imagine what a conversation starter it could be. Imagine walking down the street and encountering a friend. “Friend,” they say, “are you wearing an eccentric arrangement of parakeet feathers as a brooch?” And you reply, “Feathers. Yes. Of course. Because I’m certainly not the sort of person who would attempt to wear a small live bird as a pin, right? That would be outrageous!”
(DISCLAIMER please do not attempt to turn live birds–or beetles or turtles or mice or newts or frogs or any other small animals–into pins. Just enjoy the fact that you could if you wanted to.)
I’m not kidding, though, about the fact that once you have a packet of pinbacks and a tube of E6000, the world is your oyster full of custom made pins.
If this idea excites you, I also suggest that you consider adding a pair of round nose pliers, a pair of chain nose pliers, and a spool of 20 gauge wire to your inventory, and then hit Youtube for some info on making basic loops and also wrapped loops, because once you can do that, a whole world of awesome design possibilities (including the discovery that nearly anything that’s not too heavy can be an EARRING) will open itself up to you. I’m not even kidding about that.