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  • PIN HEADS
  • Every two years at the Enamelist Society Conference artists bring and exchange enameled pins - Each of these pins becomes a collector's piece. Many of us forget to bring an inventory - this group will remind you to get BUSY!!!

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    • Last updated December 9, 2013

PIN HEADS

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  • Tonya Powell
    Tonya Powell joined the group PIN HEADS
    July 31, 2016
  • Trish White
    Trish White posted a topic in the group PIN HEADS:
    May 7, 2015
    I know you all thought I would never do it - But here are my first set of pins hot off the presses, and thats just the beginning!Thanks to Leslie Perrino's suggestion that I do a series of gold teeth,inspired by my attraction to latin men with beautiful s...
  • prudy smith
    prudy smith:

    Trish, your teeth are wonderful!!!  

    December 2, 2013
  • prudy smith
    prudy smith:

    I love your solutions to using glue Leslie!  I feel inspired to get working.  I agree, you couldn't put magnets in the kiln.

    December 2, 2013
  • Leslie Perrino
    Leslie Perrino:

    its part of what makes the pin project so good. it challenges me to  figure out a way to make the pin work. I don't like to just glue something on the back  if I can help it as they frequently fall off. This last time, I drilled a hole in my base,...  more

    its part of what makes the pin project so good. it challenges me to  figure out a way to make the pin work. I don't like to just glue something on the back  if I can help it as they frequently fall off. This last time, I drilled a hole in my base, and put a clutch pin back through from the inside. I glued, but also the enamel piece presses against it to stabilize it.  I have used stick pins, safety pins, bar pins,etc. I received a pin where someone glued leather on the back of the enamel and the pin back was placed under the leather  with the ends and pin protruding through small holes punched for the purpose. I have also threaded nickel silver or thin steel wire through holes on the enamel piece which is then formed into a pin on the back by filing one end into a point and the  other end into a hook. a little experimentation is useful, and will  probably pay off in your other work. 

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    December 2, 2013
  • Leslie Perrino
    Leslie Perrino:

    Patricia, I am not sure about magnets being fired in the Kiln, I don't know the chemical make up, they could melt or release bad fumes in the kiln. cheek with a manufacturer. You can attach them with 2 part epoxy, and probably other glues designed to

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    December 2, 2013
  • Trish White
    Trish White:

    I acid etched my pins so I don't need to make bezels - the pin parts can be chemically bonded (glued) to the back when finished - other artists have enameled round discs and found bezel parts at Metaliferrous to set them in.

    December 2, 2013
  • Leslie Perrino
    Leslie Perrino:

    Jane! I have been to that San Diego studio  in the park a few times, its wonderful! You are so lucky to have it there. I often invite people to my studio  to enamel with me. I think having someone there with me will force me to clean out the studio a

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    October 24, 2013
  • Jane Beiser
    Jane Beiser:

    Thanks, Trish.  Fun to make.  And Leslie, that's pretty darn clever - Recession jewelry.  Our Guild - San Diego Enamel - has a studio in the park which is open every day and most days the kiln is on.  Makes it so nice if inspiration hits and my

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    October 24, 2013
  • Leslie Perrino
    Leslie Perrino:

    jane at least you did it- you did th pins, and you posted. I made some mini versions, of the pins I did at the conference, for a small line, I have nicknamed the recession jewelry line, lol.

    October 23, 2013
  • Jane Beiser
    Jane Beiser:

    Thanks, Leslie.  Although they look oval in this photo, the pins are actually round..........go figure?  I guess I need to learn more about posting here, huh? Thanks.

    October 23, 2013
  • Trish White
    Trish White:

    Hey Jane,


    Looking great - if this mania keeps up, we will have them drooling at the conference!

    October 23, 2013
  • Leslie Perrino
    Leslie Perrino:

    jane, those pins are looking good!

    October 22, 2013
  • Jane Beiser
    Jane Beiser:

    October 21, 2013
  • Leslie Perrino
    Leslie Perrino:

    Trish! You are making me proud!!!!! Woweee! I will be sure and have a pin to trade with you in Boston! They are wonderful! Keep on making them! I took a lot of pins to the conference, and often will give them to people who have none, or ran out. I always

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    September 15, 2013
  • Jane Beiser
    Jane Beiser:

    Wow, wow, wow, Trish.  I do have some base coat down... looks like I better get back in the kiln.  Well, maybe my work should be getting back in the kiln. haha

    September 14, 2013
  • Trish White
    Trish White:

    I have thrown the gauntlet down!


    Who can step up and challenge me?

    September 14, 2013
  • prudy smith
    prudy smith:

    Well, of course you're correct......as usual, I'm over-thinking the thing. I'm thinking fabrication, soldering polishing small stuff........but of course, glue!!!!!    Duh.........

    September 12, 2013
  • Trish White
    Trish White:

    If you are going to make sculptures why not glue a pin back on instead of a magnet - same concept!

    September 12, 2013
  • prudy smith
    prudy smith: Can't wait to see those teeth!!!

    Here's a question: would sculptural refrigerator magnets qualify for the pin exchange?
    September 12, 2013
  • Trish White
    Trish White:

    Welcome Jane,


    Get the mojo inspiration going ! my pins are sawed, cleaned and ready for enamel - I have 20 so far - I am saving a few for a necklace-  Will be posting when they are hot out of the oven!

    September 11, 2013
  • Jane Beiser
    Jane Beiser:

    I am Signing Up.  I missed having pins at the conference..  Surely inspiration will be following soon.

    September 11, 2013
  • leslie litt
    leslie litt: So glad to join the group like the other Leslie I also had made 50 pins that went over very well the flower in the photo is mine.
    September 5, 2013
  • prudy smith
    prudy smith:

    hahahhahahaaha.....you are always whooping me upside the head!!!! Okay okay okay...I'll make a pin for the next convention. (geez you're tough!!!)




    August 20, 2013
  • Trish White
    Trish White:

    Listen Missy,


    You can whip up some pins with your talent!! how about tiny light switches??? 

    August 19, 2013
  • prudy smith
    prudy smith:

    I'm not really a jeweler.....but I like seeing all the pins.... so I'll join-----if only to see the new collaborations between Trish and Chris.

    August 19, 2013
  • Leslie Perrino
    Leslie Perrino:

    YAY! helo everyone! I am a big fan of trade pins, I made over 50 pins for the conference,and it made the conference more fun!. That round speckled pin in the picture is mine! I will love hearing about peoples approaches to making pins.  For me I take it

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    August 11, 2013