You can have this flower as a barrette with a bobby pin, alligator clip, or as a brooch. Please state your choice in the "note to seller" when purchasing. If you do not choose, I will send it with a bobby pin attachment by default. I can also do any other type of hair attachment (snap clip, pony tail holder)- just let me know what you have in mind. :)
This little hair barrette may look like a lovely flower, but it is actually an artistic interpretation of the Marsilea Mutica plant (also known as Water Clover), an aquatic fern with clover-shaped leaves. Marsilea Mutica grows much like a lily pad, with an underwater root system with the leaves floating on the surface of the water. Look for images of this plant via Google Images or Flickr- they are lovely!
This barrette is made of a vibrant turquoise silk dupioni. The embroidery thread is a dark forest green (so dark, it's almost black), and three genuine freshwater pearls decorate the center of the bloom. The bloom is approx. 2.75-3 inches (7- 7.6 cm) across. I create this hair barrette, all the leafy/flower-like variegations, by using my sewing machine as a drawing tool- the machine with thread is my pen, and the fabric is my paper. The pearls are all hand sewn on the bloom, and then I sew the little bloom onto a bobby pin.
All edges of fabric are treated with Dritz Fray-Check, to prevent fraying. The little bloom and pearls are very securely sewn to the bobby pin, and I use a super glue for extra hold. I use the best materials and construction methods- this is a mini piece of fiber art!
I also attach the flower to the barrette in such a way as to prevent the barrette from snagging in your hair. I am a firm believer in quality materials & construction!
The bobby pins I use are the premium MetaGrip brand, bought only at a professional beauty supply store. The pins are made out of thicker gauge wire, and are longer lasting and spring back into shape easily to hold fast to your hair. I use bronze colored bobby pins. If you would like this attached to something other than a bobby pin- like a snap clip, alligator clip, brooch clip, or pony-tail elastic- just let me know!
This piece is made to order- it will be ready to ship in 3-5 days. As these hair pins are hand made, each one will be a little bit different, but still very similar to the pictures above. Your barrette will always have three pearls- one large white one and two smaller colored pearls! Please allow for some degree of variation of pearl colors. You can choose whether you would like this with a bobby pin, alligator clip, or as a brooch- put your preference in the "note to seller" upon payment. Customization in the size of the flower is also an option.
U.S. orders ship via First Class Mail with insurance. All international orders are sent with First Class Mail.
All images © Betsie Withey