International Flag Pins
No more struggling with coiled pins! Larger sized “E” beads make beaded pins easier. This is a great idea for swapping for Thinking Day*. We have flag pin patterns for Antarctica, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Bulgaria, China, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kuwait, Madagascar, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, South Africa and Yemen. See below.
To create the USA flag pin use the picture to the right for the pattern.
- Coiless Safety Pins – 2¼”
- 4mm Round Beads
- “E” Beads
- Safety Pins, Size 2
- Optional SWAP* Tags
- Needle Nose Pliers (optional)
Each row hanging down is a size 2 pin with “E” beads strung on it. Open these pins and string beads following the pattern chosen. Keep in mind that you are stringing the beads upside-down so you will start at the top with of each row and work down. Then turn the pin upside-down. Use pliers to squeeze the pin head closed permanently.
Note: Glass beads are irregular in size. You will not be able to use the larger “E” beads in your package. Also, it may look like the pins will not close but as long as the tip shows, you can usually just press the point into the pin head opening. The pin will bend out slightly to fit the beads snugly into place.
Open up the coiless pin. You will need to bend it open to at least a 60 degree angle to get the beads on. Beginning with the beaded pin to the far right, thread the coil of that beaded pin onto the coiless pin, around the bend and over to the head of the pin. Slide on a 4mm bead. Then the next beaded pin, followed by another 4mm bead. Continue until you have threaded on all pins and finished off with a final 4mm bead. These beads help hold the pins in place and keep them from sliding around the coiless pin.