Enameled lapel pins are a delightful way to express your personality. You can easily, and often inexpensively, find them. It’s easy to change the pin into a needleminder in just a few steps. This article shows you how.
in the picture above, you see my newest needleminder, made yesterday, on my latest project a Kathy Schenkel canvas.
- enamel lapel pin
- wire cutters
- superglue, single size is best if you do this occasionally.
- rare earth magnets, 2 pedr minder
The pins come in two types, both treated the same way. Lapel pins have backs like tacks (short prongs) and use tie tack or plastic backs to hold them in place. Stick pins have long straight pins coming out the bottom. They are inserted in an out of the fabric, like pinning a hem. There is usually a stopper to put at the end.
You might already have a collection of these pins. You also often get them as giveaways. I find them through Pinterest, at thrift shops, and on Etsy. For needle minders I keep a small box with potential tops in a desk drawer until I want to make a batch.
My current group of lapel pins is pictured below.
You will need a pair of magnets for each minder you plan to make. Rare Earth magnets come in many thicknesses and diameters. Because often these pins are small, these magnets give you the best choice of strength and flexibility. Pick one that is completely covered by the pin.
Making the Magnet
- Using the wire cutters (be sure to wear safety glasses), cut off the pin as close to the back of the decorative part as you can. I usually grip the prong and rock it back and forth to remove. Sometimes when I do this even the base comes off.
- Put a drop of superglue on the pin back and place the magnet on it, Set aside.
- Let sit with the second magnet far away overnight.
- When set put on the second magnet and add to your collection.