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Daily Wire Tip Nov. 21: Headpin Gauges
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
November 21, 2010
When ordering headpins, I’ve stuck to 22-gauge as noted in several of your patterns. But there’s quite an array of available sizes from my supplier, from .025″ to .033″, and I wondered what circumstances would indicate smaller or larger gauges. In the past, I’ve used some headpins that I thought were far too flimsy, and I worried that they would result in earrings that were too fragile. I would appreciate your insights.
-Delores in Onalaska, Wisconsin
Delores, I use 22-gauge (.025″, or .643mm) headpins most often because I find they will fit through 95% of the beads out there, and they are a more substantial product. For smaller work, I do use 24-gauge occasionally.
The .033″ you mention would be close to a 20 or 21-gauge wire. To be able to determine what size a headpin is, please refer to the last chart on our Wire Charts page.
I choose the headpin size according to the weight of the project I am making and where it will be worn. For example, on a charm bracelet, I would use 21-gauge headpins for strength (because the headpin charms may be bent more often), and on earrings, either 22-gauge or 24-gauge.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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