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Discussion in 'Hats' started by RBH, Feb 9, 2007.
I must have 10 or more broken cuff links that would make striking hat pins. Maybe this is why I never threw them away? I don’t know that I’d want hat bling on every hat, but every now and then???
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If you do, you'll probably grow weary fairly soon of "helpful" people telling you there's a bug on your hat.
Yes, but think of all the opportunities to say "Hey! Don't bug me, Man!"
On my Stetson Grand Central:
Suggestions please. I really want to figure out how to attach this pin to one of my hats (at the bow area of the ribbon). The ribbon is too tightly attached to the hat for me to somehow work the pin back into it to stick the pin into, so ... any ideas how I can go about fitting this pin to a hat? Should I seek out a jeweler to fit a different pin/stick to the back of the pin? Or ... ?
Thank you for any ideas!
Love to see more of this hat! And of course the pin!
I have never had a good result with this type of pin through the bow. Usually these type of pins are poked through the felt (Shudder!!) above the bow. If the pin is really something special (would love to see it) I would go to the trouble of having a jeweler mess with it. Show him what you are trying to do, where in the bow. Keeping the pin/hook as flat as possible.
If the pin is not something special, break it off or clip it and hot glue a snall bent safety pin to it. You prob can rebend and clip off the part of the safety pin. Just use your imagination.
I would worry about hot glue holding, not much shear strength. But yes, clip off the stud and attach a pin that can just slip into the bow knot.
Good point Red!!
Redfokker & AbbaDatDeHat,
Thank you both!
The pin is special in that it's the old University of Connecticut Huskies logo (i'm not a big fan of our new logo), but since I so very rarely wear a jacket where a lapel pin would be appropriate, I don't really care about maintaining the pinback at all. I think what I need is to replace it with a nice long (an inch or even longer) stick pin type deal, but I don't know how to do that myself and wasn't sure where I should look to have that sort of alteration made.
Based on your comments I'll call around to the local jewelry shops to see if any of them think they can make such an alteration. If I don't have any success, I'll look into the epoxied safety pin idea (an idea that never dawned on me).
Attached is a picture from the ebay auction I bought it through, I'll try and take and post a better picture this weekend if there's any interest. It's a nice antique looking pewter color metal, about 3/4" in diameter that i think will look real nice against the 1" ribbon on my gray 1950's Playboy or maybe even my future VS.
I finally got around to visiting my jeweler with the pin. He tested it to make sure his solder would adhere and then agreed to convert it for me. Snipped off the original pin and soldered on a lapel/hat pin to the back. I'm thrilled with it!
Very handsome adornment. Wear it with pride! I love the ribbon too. Is it custom made or store bought?
An @Art Fawcett original! My first (and so far only) bespoke hat.