This tutorial teaches you to make your own decorative headpins without the need for a torch.
The tutorial calls for 22g wire. This makes these headpins great for heavier beads. However, if you would prefer, you can use 24g wire instead.
•22g dead soft or half hard wire (1” longer than desired length for headpin)
•Flat nose pliers
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Step 1: Step 1
Be careful not to press too tightly, or the wire may break.
Step 3: Step 3
Step 4: Step 4
Cut the wire 2-3mm away from the piece you just wrapped. File the end smooth.
Step 5: Step 5
Press the end of the wire against the first bend in the wire.This should actually be work hardened enough to keep the end from slipping. However, I would suggest tumbling for an hour or so just to be completely sure.
To tumble jewelry or jewelry components, you put them in a tumbler (a rock tumbler is fine, without the rocks and grit) with stainless steel shot and a small amount of regular (not "ultra") dishwashing soap. This hardens the wire and polishes it.