Prima Donna Pins

These Prima Donna ladies are all dressed up and ready to adorn your favorite attire or the outfit of someone you know. The name is Italian for “first lady”, and all dressed up, these divas are ready for a night out on the town. With an air of being spicy, self-center, demanding and irritable, these vintage ladies have a relatively high opinion of themselves not often shared by others.

The term often indicates a proud, obnoxious and excitable person who, although annoying at times, cannot be done without. Make pins for all of your girlfriends who fit the description. Design them to mimic their individual personalities and appearance.The free patterns for the faces and hats are provided below. Enlarge and print them out in the desired size.

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Materials:

  • Pattern
  • Card stock
  • Permanent marker
  • Glass
  • Glass cleaner
  • Lint free towel
  • Glassline paints
  • Accents – dots, frit, stringers, etc.
  • Hairspray
  • Beeswax
  • Glass saw
  • Prepared kiln shelf
  • Kiln
  • Two part Epoxy glue
  • Pin back


  • Directions:

    1. Pick your pattern. Determine ahead of time what colors and accessories you are going to use. Print pattern on cardstock and cut it out.

    2. Trace around the pattern on the designated glass using a permanent marker. Use skin colored glass for the face, and varied colors for the hat.

    3. Cover the outlined pattern with beeswax.

    4. Using a glass saw, cut out the design.

    5. Clean the glass thoroughly and dry with a lint free towel.

    6. Place the basic pattern pieces on the prepared kiln shelf. Place the face glass so that it butts up against the hat glass.

    7. Using Glassline paints, paint on the mouth and nose.

    8. Assemble the desired accents on the glass. Use frit, confetti, stringers, etc to add depth to the design. Make sure that some of the glass is overlapping so that they will fuse together in the kiln. Use a little cheap hairspray to hold the objects in place. This can be done by either using a toothpick, or the plastic tube of the hairspray dispenser. Merely touch the tiny pieces of glass with the tip and allow the hairspray to run down and secure the item.

    9. Place the shelf inside the kiln and turn the unit on.

    10. Bring these pieces up to a tack fuse. This will allow them to retain a lot of texture and depth.

    11. Anneal the pieces and allow them to return to room temperature.

    12. Once removed, clean thoroughly and glue on a pin back.

    These Prima Donna pins can be adorned and decorated to look like all of your diva friends. For some classy painted ladies be sure to check out the painted faces page.



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