A head pin is a jewelry making finding similar to a straight pin used in sewing. It is basically a straight piece of wire with a large head on one end. The head is large enough so that it cannot 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 straight pin. Here, we will show a method for making a head pin on our WigJig jewelry making jig, using a straight segment of wire.
The approach to making a head pin is to make one or more loops in the jewelry wire in a pattern like the Queen of Clubs Earrings with the amethyst bead on the right.
Making the Queen of Clubs head pin is done with three pegs in a triangle pattern on any WigJig jewelry tool as shown at left. The finished head pin is shown at right.
Step-by-Step Jewelry Making Instructions for Making a Queen of Clubs Head Pin using jewelry wire and WigJig jewelry tools:
Step 1: Using your flush cutter, Cut a segment of jewelry wire 2 inches long or longer, depending upon the length of head pin you need.
Step 2: Using your round nose pliers, or fine step jaw pliers, make a "P" loop in the end of the jewelry wire with the flush cut.
Step 3: Position two regular metal pegs in your WigJig jewelry making tool. Ultimately, you will position three pegs in a triangular pattern, but at this point you will only position two pegs.
Step 4: Place your initial loop on peg 1 of the peg pattern on your jewerlry making jig as shown below-left.
Step 5: Wrap your wire around peg 2 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below-center.
Step 6: Remove your jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool. Add the third peg in your triangular pattern and replace the jewelry wire on the jewelry making jig in the mirror image position. Essentially you are flipping the wire component over on the WigJig jewelry tool in the vertical axis. The loop formerly on peg 1 in the pattern will remain on peg 1, but the loop formerly on peg 2 in the pattern will end up on peg 3. See the picture below-right. The reason that we remove the wire from the jewelry jig is that this technique will make a finished jewelry wire component that is flatter, being only two layers of wire. Without flipping over, the jewelry wire component would have three layers of wire.
Step 7: Now wrap the jewelry wire around peg 2 again. When completed, the jewelry wire should point up as shown below-left.
Step 8: Remove the jewelry wire component from the WigJig jewelry tool. At this point you will notice that the jewelry wire component is slightly three dimensional. To flatten and harden the design, squeeze the three loops you just made in the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers as shown below-center.
Step 9: Your finished "Queen of Clubs" head pin should appear as shown below-right.
Summary of jewelry making instructions:
Simply put, this is a beginner's jewelry making project. Follow the steps described above and almost anyone can make an earring.