Skullhead Barrette Tutorial

Written by
Rita Hutchinson
Published on
January 1, 2021 1:01:59 AM PST January 1, 2021 1:01:59 AM PSTst, January 1, 2021 1:01:59 AM PST

Created by: Rita Hutchinson


Designer Tips


  • Cut your metal sheet to desired size and use a file to round the corners and smooth all edges.
  • Clean with Penny Brite® Copper Cleaner and scrubby until water sheets off. Only handle by the edges from this point on.
  • Stamp your design once, cleanly, and lift the stamp straight off. Allow the ink to dry without disturbing further. If needed or desired, touch up the inked design with black or red Sharpie® marker.
  • Etch as directed following instructions in the kit.
  • File edges further if needed. Patina with Win-Ox™ and highlight with the sanding sponges.
  • Cover the entire surface with Vintaj® Marble Patina™ ink and allow to dry. The light color of paint will make the ink colors stand out.
  • Apply alcohol inks as desired and allow to dry.
  • Use sanding sponges to remove paint and ink from high points of design.
  • Gently curve the etched piece with bracelet bending pliers. Do not form to the full arc of the pliers, just use them along the length to create a gentle arc that matches the barrette back.
  • Use a sanding sponge to remove oxidation from back of piece, and glue barrette with E-6000.
  • When glue is dry, apply Renaissance® wax to front and back of copper. Buff with cloth once it is set.
Free Technique Sheets & How-Tos

Suggested Supplies

  • 1 dozen [use 1] #30-523 French Barette Back (60mm size shown is no longer available, but 40mm, 70mm, 80mm and 100mm are.)
  • 1 each #45-210-001 Kit, Etching Supplies
  • 1 pkg of 6 [use 1/2 of 1 strip] #64-981-20-100 Sheet, 20 Gauge, 6x1"
  • 1 each #86-422-017 Ranger Patina, Vintaj - Marble
  • 1 each #86-110-053 Adirondack® Alcohol Ink
  • 1 each #86-110-003 Adirondack® Alcohol Ink
  • 1 each #86-343 Win-Ox™, 3 oz.
  • 1 each #86-915 Renaissance® Micro-Crystalline Wax Polish
  • 1 each #60-260 Adhesive, E-6000


  • #69-306-P Tool, Pliers, Bracelet Bending, Nylon Jaw
  • #69-257 Tool, Sanding Sponges, Set
  • #69-230 Tool, Shear, 7"

Additional Supplies

  • Apron
  • Baking Soda (from grocery store)
  • Citric Acid (from grocery or health food store)
  • Cloth or Rag
  • Duct Tape (from hardware store)
  • File (from hardware store)
  • Green scrubby type sponge
  • Felt pad ink applicator (hobby store)
  • Plastic Containers
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Rubber Stamp (from hobby store)
  • Styrofoam™ "float" (available from craft supplier or upcycled packing material)
  • Extra fine-point Sharpie