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Read through all the instructions first before starting this craft.
First, decide which colour beads you are going to use. Make sure that the beads you choose are not too heavy as they will pull the hair pin free of your hair. I am using pink and pearl beads, so I'm painting my sticks pink. We are using fabric paint on the sticks as it acts as a stain which absorbs into the wood.
Measure and mark your skewer stick according to the thickness and length of the hair, i.e. longer or fuller hair requires a longer stick. You need a skewer stick at least 18 cm for long, thick, full hair, 15cm for medium hair and 10cm for thin or a child's fine hair.
Cut your skewer stick with your pliers. Remember to cut gently and turn the stick as you cut until you finally cut through the stick. This is to ensure that you have a smooth, even cut.
Use 100 grit sand paper to gently round off the point of the skewer stick. The point is too sharp and will damage the hair and could hurt the person when you are trying to put the hair pin in.
Check that the bead fits the skewer stick, sand the end of the skewer if required to fit the bead. Make sure that you do not make it too thin as the bead needs to fit snuggly to the end of the skewer. Sand the skewer by holding it flat against the sand paper, as you did the point where you held the skewer almost at 90deg to the sand paper.
Sand the entire stick gently before you paint it in order to ensure a smooth surface. This will help make the pins easier to insert into the hair later.
By using a pearl based paint you will get a shiny, sparkling effect. Gently mix just the tip of the paint brush with red (or the colour you have chosen) then mix the two colours together.
Remember: you only need a tiny amount, less than quarter of a teaspoon. You can also get premixed pearl based colors.
Now paint the skewer stick with the colour you have selected. It is important to note that we are staining the wood, so keep the coat of paint you are applying thin, rather than applying a thick coat of paint.
Leave the paint to dry, approximately 20 mins on a warm day.
Place a small amount of clear glue onto the end of your skewer. Firmly press the bead you have chosen onto the glue covered end. Give the glue time to set as per the instructions of the manufacturer.
Turn your hair into one long thick spiral and then turn it up into a ball. Insert the two hairpins and your hair will remain in place.