Instructions for a Safety Pin Watch Band
Safety pin jewelry is a fun and popular project with kids. However, stacked safety pins can make an eye-catching watch band for adults, too. This project is fast and easy, and requires inexpensive materials available in bulk, so you can make more than one safety pin watch band at a time. Stretch ribbon comes in satin, velvet and organza which, along with different beads, will change the look of a safety pin watch band from casual to elegant.
Open a safety pin and thread seed beads across the open end of the pin to just before the pin end. Close the safety pin and crimp the head with pliers to keep it fastened closed.
Continue threading seed beads and crimping the safety pins, one by one, until all the safety pins are done.
Take the stretch ribbon and test a length of ribbon around your wrist for length so it is taut, but not stretched out; cut the ribbon with scissors to the correct length plus an extra 1/2 inch.
Fold both cut ends of the ribbon over 1/4 inch to make a neat edge. Take a ribbon end clamp and close the open end slightly using the nylon jaw pliers.
Apply some water-based super glue to the folded ribbon end on one side only. Place the open end of the ribbon end clamp over the folded end, then crimp the ribbon end clamp closed using the nylon jaw pliers.
Open a jump ring using flat-nosed pliers and place on the end of the ribbon end clamp. Next, attach the same jump ring on the watch face pin on one side, so the ribbon is facing right side up, and close the jump ring with the flat-nosed pliers.
Slide the beaded safety pins onto the stretch ribbon bead sides up on the other side of the ribbon. Stack the beaded safety pins tight against the ribbon clamp until they are all on.
Pin an extra safety pin through the ribbon at the end of the last stacked beaded safety pin to hold the stack tight until the ribbon end clamp is attached.
Apply water-based super glue to the folded ribbon end, then repeat the same process to attach the ribbon end clamp on this ribbon end; remove the extra safety pin.
Attach the jump ring to the ribbon end clamp and the watch face pin as before, and close with flat-nosed pliers.
Add a few more beaded, but uncrimped, safety pins to the band to fill in any gaps, then crimp the safety pin heads with flat-nosed pliers.
Tips & Warnings
Alternate the safety pin heads and bottoms every other pin to keep the safety pins stacked evenly.
Use 1 3/4-inch safety pins and wider stretch ribbon for a bigger, chunkier look.
Plan the layout of the seed bead colors to make a pattern in the watch band.
Keep the safety pins from moving on the stretch ribbon by stringing elastic cord through the holes in the safety pin heads and bottoms on both sides, then secure with a knot on the last safety pin.
Use adult supervision for children beading the safety pins.