Making homemade jewelry is fun and profitable! You can design jewelry according to your personal style or that of your customers. And anyone in the business knows that buying up jump rings, head pins, hooks, clasps and other such paraphernalia increases your overhead. The best thing to do to keep down the costs is to learn how to make your own head pins. You’ll need to practice a few times but once you get the hang of things, you can create these head pins at the drop of a hat at a fraction of the cost.
You’ll need the following:
- A pair of wire cutters
- Needle nosed pliers
- Straight pins
The steps on creating a head pin are laid out below:
- The first thing to do is to get sewing straight pins instead of the commonly used head pins. You have two options for this one: straight pins that have flat ends or the colored or pearled beads that can be fantastic embellishment for any of the wire jewelry you will be creating.
- Get your beads and slide them through the straight pin. Now, if you chose a straight pin with a flat head, you’ll have to see that the hole in the bead is just enough so that it will not fall off. In case the bead hole is too big, place a smaller bead through to secure the bigger one in place.
- Using the pliers or wire cutters, trim the sharper end of the straight pin after all the beads are in. Then create a loop by twisting the wire with your long nosed pliers. There you have it! Your very own head pin for wire jewelry.
- Just follow the above steps to create as many head pins needed for your jewelry. You can use this to create bracelets, necklace pendants, and various types of earrings.
Here is another method to create head pins. This type of head pin is called “paddles”:
- Start by selecting a piece of 20 gauge wire about 2 1/2 inches long.
- Put the 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 so wear gloves and goggles for safety. It may be a small piece of metal you’re pounding on, but it still can fly into your eyes and cause damage.
- Each of the wire segments must be hammered for about 4-5 minutes. Be advised that the wire is not perfectly symmetrical after the hammering.
- After flattening the wire, cut off the end with your pliers.
- Depending on your preference, you can cut the end square, or cut the end into a point.
It seems like a lot of work and craftsmanship is involved but if you keep at it, practice often and don’t give up on learning it, you can master the technique in no time. Learning to make your own head pins is a great way to keep your production costs down and gives you some creative leeway to fashioning new accessories.