There is, however, one small thing I don't like about these conchos: Used as is, they can only be attached with glue. I much prefer a more permanent method of attachment. Luckily, these same conchos can be modified to pin on "concho beads" in just a few easy steps.
First, use your metal snips to remove the conchos from the sheet. Sand the cut edge with fine grain sandpaper. You will need a mallet, punch board and metal awl to make the holes in your conchos. My mallet and board came from the Leather Factory. The awl was part of a "Fun With Metalworking" kit that I bought at Hobby Lobby several years ago.
Use the awl's point to mark the center of the concho.
Then, place the tip of the awl on the mark, hold the awl vertically and give it a couple sharp taps with the mallet. This should give you a nice hole. Flip the concho over and repeat. Your concho will now have a slightly domed shape which I personally find appealing.
However, if you prefer a flat shape, you can use smooth jawed needlenose pliers to flatten it out again.
Thread a pin through the hole and your concho is ready to use!
The finished product in use. You can see the slightly domed shape in this picture.
Notice to everyone dealing with me personally: My Comcast inbox crashed today and I lost several months worth of correspondance. If we've exchanged emails recently, please be patient while I try to sort everything out. Doreen Z, could you please send those tack pictures again? I am still hoping that somehow everything will be restored but I'm not counting on it...