When you want to make your own jewelry, hair clips, or other accessories, consider casting them out of pewter. It is surprisingly easy and will leave you satisfied whenever you wear your creation. Here are a few simple steps you can use to make your own hair clips.
1. Make the Mold
The first thing you will need to do is make a mold out of the hardboard. To start, cut the hardboard pieces slightly larger than the desired size of your clip. Then, cut the shape and design of your hair clip into the hardboard. You may want to make a test mold first to make sure you like the design first.
2. Put the Mold Together
Once you have made your mold, clamp the pieces together. Clamps are the best option for this task. Use as many as you need to eliminate gaps where the pewter could leak. Position the mold so that it is upright and stable.
3. Cast It
Before you start melting the pewter, done some safety goggles and gloves. Otherwise, you could end up with a terrible burn. Find a well-ventilated workstation with a fire extinguisher on hand, and make sure the mold is dry. Then, start melting the pewter and pouring it into the mold.
4. Solder on the Clip
The final step to complete your hairpiece is to solder the clip onto the pewter castings once you have removed it from the mold and allowed it to cool. As you do this, you will see the pewter bend to fit the shape of the clip you have chosen.
If you’re a fan of homemade accessories, making your own hair clips out of pewter is something fun you can try. It is relatively easy, and you will enjoy the finished product every time you wear it. Following these steps will get you through the basics of casting hair clips from pewter.