Pin trading is commonly practiced at sports events, Disneyland, Olympics, and conventions. Hobbyists are not only trading their valuable pins, but they are also willing to make different styles of trading pins. Some people make pins to symbolize the goal of their organizations. Other hobbyists would create pins just to have fun. You can try different ways to make a pin. First, you need to think of the pin’s design and its meaning. Although pins are only tiny pieces of metal, they embody a significant lesson or meaning, so they must not be taken for granted.
Things to prepare:
- Bottle caps
- Tiny foam brush
- Small fabric remains
- Pair of scissors
- Small, soft brush
- Epoxy glue
- Safety pins and pin backs
- Rolling pin
- 12-inch Ruler
- Cookie sheet or tin
- Gold rub-on accent paint
- Transparent acrylic varnish
- Acrylic paint
- Small pictures
- Craft or tacky glue
- Different beads and other tiny objects
- Liquid resin
- Polymer clay
- Rubber stamps
- Black stamp or ink pad
- Solid bristle brush
Trading pins made from bottle caps
- You need to look for a well-ventilated room where you can freely work since you will be using the liquid resin and epoxy glue. Empty your working table and cover it with a transparent plastic sheet or a newspaper.
- Put all bottle caps on top of the newspaper or plastic sheet. Keep the caps upside down to expose the back portion.
- Apply enough acrylic paint on the back of the caps with the use of a soft brush. Let it dry before doing the next step.
- Trace the edges of the caps on the fabric liner or a piece of paper that you will put inside the cap. Using a pair of scissors, cut out the traced edges. Put the cut outs inside the cap. You can freely adjust the cut outs to fit in the cap. Set the circular cut outs for the mean time. Put a small amount of craft glue and spread on the bottle cap using a soft brush. Put the fabric liner or paper inside the bottle cap again. To ensure that the liner fits into the cap, you can gently press it towards the cap.
- Place small objects, words, or beads inside the cap. You can create small objects using the polymer clay. You can also make tiny letters or words by using your computer to print them in a tiny font. Finalize the small objects and paste them in the bottle cap using the epoxy glue.
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions on the liquid resin’s label. Fill the bottle cap with liquid resin. Let the resin solidify.
- Glue a safety pin at the back of the bottle cap.
Hand-Stamped Polymer Clay Trading Pins
- Press the polymer clay until it becomes flexible. Using a rolling pin, roll the polymer clay on a table. It must be 1-inch thick. Cut the clay with the same size as the stamp. Put the small pieces of clay on a cookie sheet. Bake it in a furnace and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Let it cool first.
- Combine water and acrylic paint to make a desired color wash. Apply the color wash to all sides of polymer clay squares using a tiny foam brush. Let it dry.
- Put the clay squares on a flat surface and stamp them with black ink and rubber stamp. Let it dry.
Try these steps in making your personalized trading pins. Remember to have fun and be creative in making them.