Not sure if anyone here has mentioned this or knows about it, but there is a much cheaper alternative for never losing a pin, and it`s available free in almost any coffee shop. It is the little plastic stir stick that you get to mix your coffee with. First, you cut it to a small size, then you take your pin, remove the back and push the pin through the fabric. Then take your little piece of stir stick and push the pin post through it. On almost every pin there is a small bump on the post and if you push the little stir stick piece on as far as you can it will pass this bump and there is virtually no way it will go back over that bump and allow the pin to fall off. Then you place your back on the post and off you go. Even if the back falls off, the little stir stick piece will not, and your pin will remain just where you put it. It has been tried and tested for many a year by Olympic collectors, but I guess it hasn`t been well passed on. Just be careful removing them, as it has also been known to hold tight enough that yanking on the pin itself sometimes pulls it right off the post, lol. Hope this might be of some help to all who love to wear their pins!
Thanks for the link and the great idea! My grand kids have lost several pins and it always upsets them. I am at WDW at the moment is there any way to buy those backs locally?
Hey guys and girls.
I just thought I would share this with you because someone had just told me about losing a really valuable pin from their lanyard. While It may sound like I am endorsing a particular pin back (well I am) I dont even know the person I buy them from other than their screen name on EBay.
Anyways, here we go.
The rubber Mickey Backs work ok but if you ever snag a pin or you are on a ride and getting shook around, or even in normal walking, they can come loose. I am sure you haveall had ones that go on really tight and other times really loose and look for a tighter one.
Didneyland sells a binding post system to keep pins on. BAD IDEA. The small allen scres that tightens to the post puts a small dent in the post. The post is actually pretty soft and once it get this dent, it is not as strong and can bend and break. It creats a weak point.
Most of you may be familiar with the everyday tie tack bak with the little ears on both sides that you squeez to get off. These work really well and the more you pull on the pin, the tighter it gets.
Someone has taken tie tacks to the next level and made a really nice Chrome one that has a spring mechanism and it totally awesome. I also like it because it does not snag on anything like the conventional tie back's (even though they do work well)
I have a pic below of all 3 styles but I highly recomend NOT using the Binding post system. Whenever I trade with people who have them (and I always carry the wrench) I look at the pin back because most people WAY overtighten them so they wont loose their pin and you can se the big dent in the post. Pushing that into your book one time may work but when you try to remove it, the post will break.
Anyways, A picture tells a thousand words so here it is. Dont be afraid to wear your nice pins anymore. There is a solution but also dont damage your pin back.
(AS MENTIONED, THE CHROME ONES IN THE MIDDLE ARE THE BEST)
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