I have really enjoyed making crafts with our new Clothespin Halves. Not only did I have to make the craft to create the tutorial but now I have two gorgeous trivets to display on my table.
Already I have had several people mention how wonderful they look. No one can resist touching them when I show them that they change shape.
I love their simple beauty and diversity….
Because you don’t connect the ends together they can be moved into any shape you want. It is perfect for any size of pan, pot or platter
How to make a Clothespin Trivet:
30 ” of Wire (I used 25 gauge wire. If you add more beads measure more wire)
50 Metal Beads, no larger than 3/8″ in diameter
2 Crimp Beads
2 Crimp Bead covers
Supplies for desired finish.
1) Apply desired finish to your clothespin halves. I put boiled linseed oil on my pin halves and let them dry for 48 hours. However, if you want a simpler, less messy, and similar finish you can spray them with a clear top coat (found where you buy spray paint). I like a clear finish because it makes the grain in the wood pop and highlights each pins unique beauty.
Lightly and evenly spray one side, Let it them dry thoroughly, flip, spray the other side and let completely dry.
2) Drill a small hole into each pin at the center of the middle arch of the clothespin halves. Drill the hole just big enough for the wire to pass through.
I created a simple jig out of scrap wood and clamped it to the drill press platform. Each time I placed the pin tight in the corner of the jig and then drilled the hole, it would pass through at the same location and go through the hole in the drill press platform.
You can freehand this same process by using a hand drill on a sacrificial surface (a surface you don’t mind getting holes in).
3) Gather your supplies, lay out the clothespin halves in the design you want and decide where you want beads.
Here are a couple design examples:
NOTE: Trivet will vary in length according to how many beads and halves you use. My single half design was 3″ longer than the double design.
4) Bend the end of the wire and add a crimp bead, clamping it flat to hold the wire.
5) If desired add a crimp bead cover (works the same as a crimp bead, just makes it look like a regular bead is there not a squished one)
6) String the beads and clothespin halves onto the wire in the pattern you desire.
7) Add a crimp bead to the end to keep the items on the wire. Cut the wire to allow about an inch of excess. Bend the wire and tuck into crimp bead to create a loop. Flatten crimp bead with pliers to secure wires.
8) Add another crimp bead cover, if desired.
Enjoy your creation.
Note: A trivet is to hold hot items that are cooling to protect the surface of a table or counter. Do not place on a heating item such as a stove top or wood stove. It is still wood and will burn.
Here are the two I created with diameter measurements for when they are in a circle formation: (Each half is 3 1/2 inches in length)
Want to make your own? Your design is only limited by your imagination.
The Frabjus Lady