Monday, 30 April 2012

Easy As Earrings

Beaded EarringsAfternoon Everyone!

Today, I am going to talk about head pins.  A head pin is basically a metal pin with a flattened head at one end; used to hold on an end bead.  They can be used in so many different designs.  This is how you can use them to make a simple pair of earrings. 

First of all you will need to gather everything that you need: wire cutters, round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, 2 head pins, 2 earring hooks and your beads.  I used 6mm bicone fuchsia Swarovski crystals and a couple of black and white lampwork beads.

1.  Make sure that your head pin is straight as they do bend easily.  If it isn’t, use your flat nose pliers to straighten it. Thread a few beads onto the head pin.

2. If you look at your round nose pliers you will notice that the round tips of the pliers are different sizes.  If you are going to use the smaller tip, using your wire cutters trim your headpin leaving 1cm of wire from the beads. This will need to be longer if you decide to use the bigger tip.

3. Use the flat nose pliers to bend the wire to a 45° angle.

4. Grip the end of the wire with the round nose pliers and roll to form a loop.  Roll the pin rather than grabbing the end and pulling it over as this will result in an odd shaped loop.  The rolling of the pin does not have to be done in one move.  Just reposition the pliers to continue the rolling motion. 

5. If your loop is a bit off center, don’t worry, just straighten the loop by maneuvering it with the flat nose pliers. 

6. Open the loop to attach it to the earring.  Always open the loop to the side.  Never open it up the way that you just rolled it as it will stretch out the metal and it won’t sit right.

7. Put the loop of the earring on the open head pin and close the loop.

8. Now, make another one. People tend to like matching earrings! :)

In my last beading tutorial I made a memory wire bracelet.  Head pins can be used to put beads or charms on the ends.
Memory Wire Bracelet

Rolling the loops on head pins takes a little practice but it is a technique worth mastering.  I am sure that you will have the offcuts of wire pinging off the walls in no time!

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