AJE Art Headpins Design Challenge Reveal

So today is the reveal day for the latest AJE design challenge and this month it’s all about headpins. I have a good collection of these little pretties and it seems I’m not the only one who is enamoured – just take a look at the participants list below…

My art headpin collection

Art headpins always work really well with earrings and that’s where I decide to start to get myself warmed up. With these first designs I wanted to try and use as much of the headpin as I could in a visible way. For the orange pair on the left I used some of Jen Cameron’s headpins to combine the coil with integral ear wires. The green headpins are by Sue Kennedy and again feature coils this time with an added loop.

Then I came across these copper and brass cones from Hands of the Hills and thought they might be a cute combination…Again the headpins on the left are by Sue Kennedy and those on the right by Jen Cameron.

For this next piece I made up a focal with a beautiful ceramic bell flower by Marsha Neal which perfectly matched the headpin by Sue Kennedy. I used a coil of wire around the headpin to keep it proud of the trumpet. I then added a hammered and patinated copper hoop to give the it more depth.

To complete it I picked some lovely heavy weight copper chain and embellished it with seed beads in co-ordinating colours. This softens the chain and gives it a lovely sense of movement


This is a longer length necklace and has a lovely feminine feel.

That was going to be it but while researching for a post to promote the challenge I came across these headpins by Anneli Beads and had to buy them.

I love these little tribal heads and went back to the coiled to design to make another pair of earrings that are most definitely keepers.

And finally, I was making a few ceramic beads last week and threw in a few pairs of headpins just for good measure. I’ve not had a chance to do anything with these yet but quite like how they turned out – especially with the running glaze.

So if you enjoyed my designs then settle back because as there are a lot more on show today – just click on the links below to see what everyone else has made. And if you’re inspired to get creative yourself you’ll find some headpin inspiration here.Lesley

24 thoughts on “AJE Art Headpins Design Challenge Reveal

  1. I am in AWE of your talent. The headpins are amazing but what you did with them is inspiring. I especially like the oversized loops you made with the finishing spirals. clever and delightful.

  2. Your designs are just wonderful. I especially like the pair of earrings you made with Jen's green headpins and the copper. I love green and copper and the wire wrapping is gorgeous. The necklace you made is stunning. It must have taken awhile to put all of the beads on the chain, but so worth it.

  3. Everything you made is wonderful! I don't know what I love best. I think the pairing of the headpin with the ceramic bell flower might be my fave especially with the added treatment of the beads on the chain.

  4. Yes yes and yes. Your headpin bouquet looks like mine! I love it all. Cant wait to see those headpins up close. great glazes. I love the beaded chain on the necklace – it really adds color splash without competing with Marsha's floral!

  5. At the risk of gushing, everything is gorgeous! Love how elegant your designs are… you've really shown the pins off at their best! Love how the necklace evolved too!

  6. So glad to see someone make a focal for a necklace and yours turned out wonderfully. Also my favorite I think of the whole hop are your simple twisted wire earrings that show off the headpin In all it's glory!

  7. Oh where to begin. I love love love what you did forming the spirals and loops with the headpin wires. It makes me see headpins in a whole new way, as more than just dangles on a basic wrap. (Of course I'd be too afraid to try something like that for fear of ruining a headpin.) Then of course your earrings are all so stunning. The way you combined the art beads for the necklace focal is fabulous and adding the seed beads to the chain makes the while thing magical. And last but not least, the glaze on the headpins you "threw" in the kiln is delicious.

  8. I can't wait to see what you do with the new long skinny headpins – they're so fun! I love the variety of things you do with the wires too – you really showcase the versatility of artisan headpins in the best way.

  9. My favorite part is how you incorporate the wire into your designs. It's visually stunning and the necklace is a real showstopper. The headpins you made are perfect and you should definitely make more! I especially love the glaze on the two bottom center.

  10. Wow! First off I love your headpin hoard, and all of your earrings. They are just beautiful and oh my, that necklace is just stunning, the addition of those seed beads in the necklace is just amazing!

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