I’m asking for your help and advice on creating pin backs for
brooches. My problem is that I would like to be able to make an
enameled brooch that is not mounted in a bezeled cup. It adds
unnecessary weight and is, dare I say, just a little too “convenient”.
I’ll explain that comment if necessary.
(What I really want to make is an enamelled fibula, but just don’t
know how. An explanation would create another thread. )
I’m very much an amateur and have used previously the findings one
can buy at your local store that supports us amateurs. However this
approach is unworkable for me if the piece has to be put in the kiln.
It also doesn’t work for me if they are applied after the firing as
this causes all sorts of problems with the enamel, at least with soft
I would also prefer to make my own pin backs. Although cruder they
would be at least they would be my own. My problem then, is where do
if find the steel to make the pin? And if not not steel, can I use
some other metal?
And what do the “pro’s” use?
I have IT solder and can use, I presume, what is called a “little
torch” consisting of propane or propylene and oxygen. So soldering is
an option (technically brazing, but that is another story ).
However, are there other choices of attaching the pin like riveting or
stapling? If so, how?
So folks, I would be grateful to each and everyone if you can help
me. I’ll try anything and am very used to “failure” aka “a learning
David Popham in Victoria BC