I made this little rosebud a week or so back and was not quite sure what to do with it, a customer saw it and wanted it as a pin.
I am showing it to you as it features one of those little safety ends, which were discussed a short while ago. I made the end stay from a short length of tube and soldered on a ball of fine silver. I then sharpened the other end inner wall with a conical burr and poked it deep into an artists eraser, it cut its own perfectly cylindrical and tight piece of rubber, trimmed off the excess and there you have it.
Much easier of course just to buy them :0) but I only just ordered recently from Cookson and so improvised.
Rosebud stickpin by kwant, on Flickr