Post # 1
Hello! I recently bought a glue gun and a couple of nice silk peony stems from Michaels to make my own hair clips. I can’t believe how real the nicer one is, it feels like a real flower! My fiance was convinced they were real and he was sitting two feet away from them. They even have the veins in the petal built in, not painted in.
Anyway, I thought this would be easy but I was wrong! I broke a pair of industrial wire cutters (my boyfriend owns a plumbing company) trying to cut the damn things off, when I realized I could just pull them off the top (doh!). However, they started falling apart, but that was easily remedied with the glue gun and patience.
I used the cheaper peony first and tried to attach it to a little metal snap clip I bought at the grocery store. It keeps falling off. I know metal is a pain to glue since its nonporous but I thought glue guns were supposed to do this kind of thing. I guess I should try super glue? I thought about maybe trying a bigger clip and wire wrapping it but that seems like it will make it too bulky.
The real problem is that it seems too heavy and keeps falling off my head. The one I plan on actually using is smaller and lighter, so hopefully it won’t be a problem. However, the small snap clip is not secure at ALL. I have thick hair- should I go with a bigger clip, or use a long bobby pin? How in the world do I get this thing in my hair, lol!!?
I ended up spending $20 on three silk flowers, a glue gun, and glue sticks. I guess that is better than spending $20 on one completed hair flower on etsy.com, right? I had a 25% off coupon but still…
Post # 3
You should choose the size of your clip based on how you want to wear it in your hair. I have thick hair and I’ll probably use a bobby pin for my flower but use other clips to secure my hairstyle.
I don’t have the definitive answer here, but I’d suggest using some fabric to wrap the hairclip, even sew it through the little holes so it doesn’t slip around, and glue the petals to that. I think someone just posted a tutorial on making a hairclip from a silk flower.
Found it! Have you seen this?:
Post # 4
You should try a plastic clear hair comb, that’s what I see hair clips being used
It’ll be lighter too
Post # 5
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Hi arobb81! I’ve been on the hunt for hair accessories, too. What I’ve noticed among the custom designers is that they tend to offer either alligator clips or wire combs (for updos) as backings. I’d imagine that wire-wrapping the flower to either one would be best. Perhaps you could sew/wire a small pad of felt to the clip or comb and then hot glue the flower to that?
I’ve made a hair flower out of a silk ranunculus before. It was a medium size, so I used a small metal bar barrette that you find at Michaels in the beading aisle. I attached it slightly off center to the back of the actual petals using hot glue. (The plastic sepals didn’t provide a good enough surface.)
I hope this helps!
Post # 6
The hot glue isn’t going to hold directly onto the metal clip. You’ll need to use a different kind of glue if you want to glue the flower directly to the metal–I would recommend either E6000 or Crafter’s Goop. Be sure to use either glue in a well-ventilated area and you’ll want to let it dry for quite a while before handling (preferably overnight). Or, you can wrap the metal piece with ribbon or tulle–you can then use the hot glue to secure your flower to that.
Post # 7
Sorry I missed these replies! Thank you so much for your advice!
Post # 8
I always use nail acrylic for my hair flowers. I am a hairdresser so i have like a billion DIY hair flowers. It seems to work the best to keep the flowers on. Try a sally’s beauty supply and buy some monomer and whatever acrylic. I would also have to see how big of a flower you were planning on using. But I would say a comb barrett would be the best. Good luck hope that helps!