Friday, April 8, 2011

Free Jewelry Tutorial


Headpin Mini Tutorial


I hate starting a project then realizing I don't have enough headpins to complete the piece I'm working on. Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to create your own headpins.

In this tutorial I am using 1½ inch of 26 gauge wire. Pretty much any gauge wire will work and the length will vary in regards to the size bead you are using. I am using a 3 x 5mm bead. Typically you would like the wire to extend at lease ¾ to 1 inch pass the end of the bead when it is inserted onto the wire after the end curl is made. This will give you enough wire to create an average wrapped loop.

If you have any questions please leave them in the commend section below and I will answer them to the best of my knowledge. :)

Step 1

Step 1 - Prep and cut 26 gauge wire to 1½ inches in length.

Step 2

 Step 2 - Hammer the tip of your wire about ¼ inch in.

Step 3

Step 3 - Hammer nice and flat; make sure both sides of the wire are hammered this evens out both sides. Also if there are small mars from hammering it may smooth it out slightly. 

Step 4

Step 4 - With your round nose pliers curl the flatten tip into a complete curl.

Step 5

Step 5 - Gripping with the flat nose on each side of your curl, then roll your wire onto itself.

Step 6

Step 6 - Tightly curl onto itself 2 ½ times.

Step 7

 Step 7 - Gripping your wire just below the curl.

Step 8

Step 8 - Still gripping your wire, using your thumb, push your curl back onto itself slightly. This will even your curl onto its center point. 

There you have it! A homemade head pin.
Thanks for your interest.

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