I’ve made many hair barrettes for folks as gifts, mostly oval shaped and rather simple. The other day, my wife’s cousin asked me if I could make her one that was for a ‘biker girl’. I said I would and went to pondering on what I’d make her.
I decided that I wanted to go with something other than the standard oval so I cut out a bar and shield type of shape, to look a little bit Harley-ish. Then my imagination took over the design process. This is what I came up with:
This is the tooled but unfinished product. It has two swivel knife cut and beveled borders, a third burnished border with stamping between the second and third borders. The center has a Tandy 3D stamp with a star-rope stamp on either side.
Above is the finished product. It is stained with aged oak Min-Wax gel stain with some neatsfoot oil mixed into it. I the top coated it with Super Sheene. The edges are hand burnished as is the back. The back is also sealed with a wax-based waterproofing product, making the entire barrette waterproofed.