I always enjoy making these elaborate brass hairpins because they hold my thick hair really well and look great, too. My hair is a little wavy so this hairpin stays in place, but I was not so sure that it would do the same to my daughter's lovely straight tresses. But it did! For this piece, I used solid brass wire, but I can also substitute it with copper if that's what you prefer. The cobalt blue glass beads I used on this hairpin looked fabulous with the golden color of the brass. You can be sure that your very own brass hairpin will be different from anything else I make. I always stamp my pieces with my maker's mark and ship it with a signed Certificate of Authenticity.