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{style inspiration | how to : mermaid pearl hairpins at chanel}

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. . . when the chanel spring 2012 ready-to-wear collection graced the runways of paris, there was a collective gasp at the magic underwater kingdom created by karl lagerfeld — there was lightness and seashells, but most astonishingly lovely, were the iridescent pearls glistening from chignons and following the curvatures of necks and down plunging backs . . .

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. . . and after happening upon a few beautiful backstage photos of the show recently, a few golden hairpins laying about on the dressing table, and some pretty pearl beads were all the inspiration necessary . . .

[how-to instructions below] x

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. . . and so, below, how-to instructions, using little more than a few simple tools and items from a craft or bead shop, and a little creativity, to recreate chanel’s enchantment under the sea . . .

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{you will need:}

* pearl beads for making necklaces [here, two sizes used]
* wire cutters
* fine gold wire [here, 28 gauge used]
* golden hairpins/bobby pins
* glue gun
* [needle-nose jewellery pliers might also be useful]

HOW TO : MERMAID PEARL HAIRPINS | steps


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01 | using the wire cutters, cut a length of gold wire, about six inches

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02 | thread one end of the wire through a pearl bead, to the mid-way point, then fold the wire in half

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| thread one loose end of the wire into the end of the hairpin, centering the pearl to the top

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04 | affix the pearl bead to the hairpin by carefully & tightly wrapping the gold wire, alternating ends [above] — this step can be a little tricky, requiring dexterity and a little patience; continue wrapping the wire ends around the hairpin until the pearl is secure

05 | once the pearl is secure, snip off the extra wire with the cutters and bend the wire ends toward the base of the pearl; add a drop of hot glue to hold everything in place and to prevent any sharp ends

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06 | and you’re finished! continue with the next, making as many mermaid hairpins as you wish

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07 | pull hair into a relaxed chignon, and place mermaid pins randomly about, alternating between pearl sizes for a romantic & pretty updo that is as perfect for the office, an afternoon at the flower markets, or dinner reservations for two . . .

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[images: style.com /// tope /// lolita abraham ///refinery29 /// cool & chic style fashion /// the 16th bar /// how-to images, photography by p.f.m & roséline for {this is glamorous} /// how-to instructions   for {this is glamorous}; above, roséline's chignon, photography by p.f.m]

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