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Head Pins - Handmade

 

Making a Head Pin Jewelry Finding out of Jewelry WireSilver Head Pin Jewelry Making Finding

A head pin is a jewelry making finding similar to a straight pin but without the sharp point.  It is basically a straight piece of jewelry wire with one large end as shown at right.  The large end is large enough so that it can't pass through the hole in a bead.  Most head pins are manufactured by a machine with a head that is identical to the head on a pin used in sewing.  Often, you will find that it is better to purchase head pin findings rather than try to make one.  You can view our selection of head pin findings by selecting here.  In this web page, we will show a couple of ways that you can make a head pin using a straight segment of jewelry wire.  Making a head pin finding can be a better solution than purchasing a head pin for those applications where you need a head pin finding with a larger head.  





Queen of Clubs Earrings Jewelry Making Project made out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.
Making Head Pins Jewelry Making Project made out of jewelry wire shaped using common jewelry tools.

Making Head Pins Jewelry Making Project made using common jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.
Queen of Clubs Earrings Hammered Head Pin
Square
Hammered Head Pin
Pointed

In the earrings shown above you can view two ways of taking a straight segment of jewelry wire and converting it into a head pin.  The first approach to making a head pin is to make one or more loops in the wire in a pattern like the Queen of Clubs Earrings shown with the amethyst bead above-left.  The second approach is to flatten one end of the wire using a chasing hammer and an anvil.  You can view this approach in the two earrings above-right. 

Jewelry Making Supplies Required:

Jewelry Making Tools Required:

  • 20 gauge jewelry wire
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • WigJig Jewelry Tool
  • WigJig Spiral Maker Tool
  • Chasing Hammer
  • Anvil

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to cut jewelry wire with a flush cutter jewelry tool.
  • Ability to straighten jewelry wire with nylon jaw pliers jewelry tool.
  • Ability to make and eye loop in jewelry wire using round nose pliers jewelry tool.
  • Ability to make jewelry wire components using WigJig jewelry tools.
  • Ability to make a spiral out of jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools and Spiral Maker Tool. 

Making the Queen of Clubs Head Pin Jewelry Finding out of Jewelry Wire Using WigJig Jewelry Tools:

Making the Queen of Clubs head pin is done with three pegs in a triangle pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below-right.  The finished head pin is shown below-left.  The instructions for making this head pin can be found by selecting either picture below.

Queen of Clubs Head Pin made out of jewelry wire shaped using WigJig jewelry tools. Queen of Clubs Head Pin Jewelry Making Project made on WigJig jewelry tools out of jewelry wire.
Queen of Clubs Wire Component Queen of Clubs Peg Pattern
on WigJig Delphi Jewelry Tool

Making a Hammered Head Pin Jewelry Finding out of Jewelry Wire:

To make a head pin by flattening one end of a segment of wire requires the use of a chasing hammer and anvil.  Start with a segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire about 2 1/2 inches long.  Place this segment of jewelry wire on your anvil and hammer the last 5/8" of wire with the rounded side of your chasing hammer.  You will need to do a lot of hammering.  Each of the wire segments shown here were hammered for about 4-5 minutes.  Note that the wire is not perfectly symmetrical after the hammering.  When you have flattened the jewelry wire adequately, you will need to cut the end with your flush cutter.  You can cut the end square as shown above far-right, or you can cut the end into a point as shown in the earrings in the center at the top of this page.  This style of head pin is called "paddles" because they resemble a paddle for a canoe or boat. 

Making a Head Pin Finding by Hammering jewelry wire using common jewelry tools.

Examples of Head Pin Findings Made by Hammering Jewelry Wire using common jewelry tools.

Hammer Wire to Flatten End Trim Ends with Flush Cutter

 Making a Permanent Spiral Head Pin Jewelry Finding out of Jewelry WirePermanent Jewelry Wire Spiral Head Pin Finding made out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry making tools.

We also have instructions for making a permanent spiral head pin. 

We call the spiral a "permanent" spiral" because the spiral won't pull apart with normal forces.  We accomplish this by wrapping the inner wire for the spiral around the outer wire once.  Select the link above, or the image at right to view our detailed instructions for making the permanent spiral head pin finding. 

 Making an Infinity Head Pin Jewelry Finding out of Jewelry Wire using WigJig jewelry making tools:

Making an Infinity Jewelry Wire Head Pin Finding using WigJig jewelry making tools to shape jewelry wire.We call the head pin shown at left, the Infinity Head Pin because the "head" of the head pin is made in the shape of a sideways figure 8, which is the scientific symbol for infinity. 

Eye Loop Made from Jewelry Wire using common jewelry tools.

 

Making an Eye Loop Head Pin Jewelry Finding out of Jewelry Wire using common jewelry making tools:

A simple eye loop like the one shown at right can be used as a head pin.  Depending upon the size of the hole in your bead, you can make either a very small eye loop, or a much larger eye loop, as long as the loop is large enought that it won't slip through the hole in your bead. 

Summary of Instructions on Making a Head Pin Finding out of Jewelry Wire using Common Jewelry Making Tools:

This is far from a complete listing of the ways to make a head pin finding out of jewelry wire.  We have merely identified some of the more common or easier to make techniques for converting a segment of jewelry wire into a head pin finding.  All the tools required to make these findings are commonly available jewelry tools.

Please select here to return to our beginner's jewelry making skills web page.

 

 



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