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Pins are used in many spells, especially those of negative magic. The old saying, "See a pin and pick it up; all the day you'll have good luck," intimates that by picking up the pin, you will save it from being picked up by a magician who might use it in a negative spell. One of the best-known spells is to stick a candle or a poppet with pins in order to cause harm to the person represented by that candle or poppet (see sympathetic magic). Similarly, to bring ill luck to someone, a lemon may be stuck with black-headed pins, then sent to an unfortunate recipient. When that person touches the pins, the ill luck is transferred to him or her.

On the positive side, together with needles, nails, screws, broken glass, and other sharp objects, pins may be placed in a bottle filled with urine as a protection from evil (see witch bottle).

An old British tradition says that if a girl has been betrayed, she can get revenge by throwing twelve pins into the fire at midnight as she chants the name of her ex-lover. To remove a wart, one pricks the wart with a pin that has first been stuck into an ash tree. After sticking the wart, the pin is returned to the tree. For card players, if someone sticks a pin in a player's lapel, it will bring him luck.

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'Now you shall see me pin it on again, all by myself!'
When they arrived at Mr Korbes's house, he was not at home; so the mice drew the carriage into the coach-house, Chanticleer and Partlet flew upon a beam, the cat sat down in the fireplace, the duck got into the washing cistern, the pin stuck himself into the bed pillow, the millstone laid himself over the house door, and the egg rolled himself up in the towel.
Then he was very angry, and went without his supper to bed; but when he laid his head on the pillow, the pin ran into his cheek: at this he became quite furious, and, jumping up, would have run out of the house; but when he came to the door, the millstone fell down on his head, and killed him on the spot.
When it was getting near nine o'clock he went out to the garden to wait till she came, and the fair-haired lad along with him; but as soon as the lad got the chance he stuck the pin into his master's coat again and he fell asleep as before.
With this she went off, and as soon as she had gone the lad took the pin out of his master's coat.
She found the pin with an adorable little cry, and I turned my attention more fully to my steering.
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Below are the types of lapel pins you can use and how to effectively combine them:
Straight pins and threaded screws work well but there is more to firearms than the simple.