Custom pin tray- how I did it!

I made this pin tray as a custom order for . It has magnets to attach it to the arm of her sewing machine and is shallow enough for easy access to pins when sewing.

First off I needed it to be no bigger than 7cm x 8cm. This ended up being 7cm square. I needed to make something the same shape to make the moulds from to pour in the resin, so I took this square purple bangle, drew around it on perspex and then cut it out with a band saw. I peeled off the backing film and superglued the bangle to the plastic. Once dry, I filled the gaps around the outside edge with milliput. Once dry I sanded it down againso that the edges were flat.

I then popped it into a tupperware tub, closed off half of it with plastercine so to preserve the ever-expensive silicone, mixed and poured the silicone over the top of the model. The next day I popped out the model and voila! a mould 🙂

I chucked a load of pins into the mould (after tidying up the raggy edges with a knife) and poured in the resin. Once set I added the magnets and added another thin layer to semi-embed them and hold them in place. Once set, I popped it out of the mould and it looked like the above!

I then sanded the sides down to make them less pointy and sprayed the back and sides with lacquer to bring back the shine.



  1. Posted August 18, 2009 at 10:42 am | Permalink | Reply

    Amazing, so clever. Are the magnets strong enough to hold onto the pins inside the holder as well as attach to the machine?

    • Posted August 18, 2009 at 10:47 am | Permalink | Reply

      No, it’s the negative side of the magnet but luckily it’s not strong enough to repel either! I was going to put some facing each way but I thought that the magnetic field repelling each other may crack the resin eventually 🙂

  2. Posted August 18, 2009 at 10:52 am | Permalink | Reply


  3. Posted August 18, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love your work – you must have so much patience

  4. Posted August 18, 2009 at 10:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    This is amazing 🙂

  5. Posted August 22, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I really love this it’s so cool!

  6. dahn98
    Posted August 23, 2009 at 1:05 am | Permalink | Reply

    This is such an ingenious idea–very well done!
    One point you might want to know–new sewing machines are computerized and magnets are not a good thing to have attached to them. I have seen people using double sided tape or picture mount tape to attach things like lights.. FYI if you are interested..

  7. Posted September 8, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

    i relly like this! its really cool C:

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