The barrettes I ordered from Etsy turned out to be too small, but I didn't let that deter me. I went straight to the horse's mouth and called Offray, the company that manufacturers the toothless alligator clips I've been using, to find out if I could buy them direct. There was a a bit of a rigmarole, what with faxing and emailing and the red tape that comes with proving that I run a small business. But in the end they said that I could place an order! I was ridiculously, over-the-moon, Christmas-morning excited. So, in the coming weeks I'll be gluing and photographing all the barrettes I've been making in the meantime. Stay tuned for the resulting barrette blowout!