Here are some simple instructions on making a wrapped loop on a head pin. This technique can be handy for making basic earrings, adding drops from a necklace or bracelet, and many other cool beadwork applications.
Time Required: 20 minutes
- Place beads or other objects on the head pin, making sure they go all the way down the shaft, and that the head of the pin is flush with the bead.
- Using a pair of chainnose pliers, bend the wire right next to the bead away from you at a right angle.
- Grasp the bent wire with your round nose pliers just beyond the bend. Pull the end of the wire back around the tip of the pliers. Go all the way around and make a loop around the tip of the pliers, until the wire points in the other direction.
- Now that you have the loop formed, you may slip the chain, ear wire or other finding into the loop, so that you will be closing the wrapped loop with the item attached.
- Grasp the top of the loop with your round nose pliers to hold it steady while you use your chainnose pliers to grasp the remaining free wire and wrap it twice around the wire below the loop.
- Cut the remaining wire flush with the work, and press it against the wire gently, using the tip of your chainnose pliers.
- Use a small file to clean any rough edges from the cut.
- Straighten the top of the loop gently, using the round nose pliers. Handle carefully to avoid scratching or marring the wire.
- Place the completed wrapped headpin onto your earwire or other piece, if you did not do so before you closed the loop.
- If a headpin is bent or curved, you can straighten it by rolling it between two hard surfaces, such as a tabletop and a wooden block.
- When turning your wire back at an angle, do not bend it too close to the top bead, as you will need a little room below for wrapping.
- Keep your pliers moving when making the wraps; this will ensure a smooth wrap. Adjustments can be made after the wire is wrapped, using the tip of your chainnose pliers.
What You Need:
- Wire Headpin
- Beads for Project
- Chainnose Pliers
- Round Nose Pliers
- Wire Clippers