My First Attempt at a Rockabilly Hair Clip

A week ago I was feeling crafty, so I thought about trying to make a from-scratch hair clip  to wear at the next King Cat and the Elders gig.

For a first try, I think this turned out pretty well.

In the future, I intend to do a series of photos and share how I put things together. Maybe if I get my courage up, I’ll consider tutorial videos. For now, this is what we’ve got to work with.

I made this hair clip before I came up with the notion to do this blog, so I’ve only got two photos to share. Below is a picture of the supplies I had on hand at the time.


I went to a craft store in search of dice beads, black feathers and a black flower. On my quest, I ran across a rhinestone-encrusted skull and crossbones pin.

(Oh yes, that bad boy was coming home with me!)

The first thing I did was pin the brooch into the center of the flower. A petal is popping out of the left eye of the skull. I like that. It’s rather macabre in a funny way.

The next thing I did was to take some black jewelry wire and attach four dice beads to it. Wrangling beads on wire while trying to fasten it behind a pin took some time, but I was able to get it all in place. It turned out pretty well I think.

Just don’t look too closely. Heh.

I cut the stem off close to the base of the flower. (It felt great pretending to be Morticia Addams for a few seconds.) Then I grabbed a piece of white felt, cut it into a round shape, and went at it with a black Sharpie. I stapled a rectangle of felt onto this and attached a hair clip while continuing to color the felt with the marker.

Once the backing was sufficiently black I stapled it to the back of the flower, attaching it to the petals as best as I could.

Being as I’ve never done anything like this before, anyone could see what an amateur job this was turning into. That is, until I pulled out the glue gun.

Heh heh heh.

I gathered five black feathers from my stash and arranged them to flare out on the right hand side of the clip. I wanted the clip to be worn on the left side of my head so I held my breath, started applying glue to the feathers, then BOOM.

The hair clip was complete!


To be truthful, making these things while watching the videos I’d recorded at the last King Cat and the Elders gig got me into a serious rockabilly spirit. I just couldn’t stop with the hair clip! I took some of the dice beads and whipped up a quick necklace and earrings, too.


Heavy and a bit wonky, the clip looks pretty good and feels fine in my hair. Below is a photo of me trying it on after the glue dried. Please ignore the fact that my makeup had melted off in the Georgia summer heat and my hair was a wreck. Yep, it’s that time of year here in the South. Yay.


All in all, it was an evening of creative frivolity, rockabilly music, and a bit of excitement in bringing an idea into reality.

What’s next on the agenda, creativity-wise? I guess we shall wait and see!

~ Francie


Here We Go…Where We End Up, No One Knows!

Welcome to the first blog post…the first installment in Betsey Venom’s “Venomous Vault!”

As I sit here typing these words, ideas form in my mind about where I want to take this blog, what I’d like to share, how I want to reach others. There are too many ideas vying for the chance to be the subject of this post, so I’ll pick and stick with one.

The subject? It’s pretty simple.

The sky’s the limit!

Do you enjoy making wearables? Do treasure hunts thrill you? Have you a passion for fashion? If so, you have found a friend here. Betsey Venom is all about creating cool things to wear and share, thrifting treasures and groovy threads, and fearlessly expressing one’s personal style.

Here you will find posts & pics of things I make, places I visit, treasures I thrift, and music I adore. I will also more than likely introduce you to the wildest rockabilly band in the land, King Cat and the Elders. I mean, after all, my hubby plays bass for the boys and rehearsals almost always happen here in my house. Why wouldn’t I want to brag on my man, as well as the five-piece band? 😉

Anywho, thank you for stumbling upon my little space in the blog-o-sphere. Let’s have some fun!

~ Francie