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Wire Jewelry Ideas: Homemade Headpins and Eyepins
by Rose Marion, Wire-Sculpture.com
Wire Jewelry Resource for
December 26, 2012
Commercially-made eye pins and headpins are a big time-saver if you’ve got a lot of earrings or charms to make. But if you’re not in a rush, why not take some time to slow down and perfect the art of the homemade headpin?
Eyepins are simply a piece of wire with a simple loop at the end. To make an eyepin, simply roll the end with round nose pliers, then as you close the loop, bend the straight wire away at a 90 degree angle. Easy as pie!
You can hammer or wiggle this loop around until it looks perfect. Be sure to close the loop as tightly as you can, so wire, hair, and fibers won’t catch on it!
A headpin is the same idea, but you typically can’t connect anything to the headpin, while you can keep connecting components to the loop of an eyepin. You can make spirals, swirls, flatten the wire with a hammer – there are all sorts of ways to turn the end of a piece of wire into a stopper.
Hide the wire or make it into a decoration – the decision is yours! What would happen if you turned the headpin "stopper" into a design element for your piece? What would happen if you hid it along the back of the bead? There are no wrong answers here, just ideas.
Just look at the way Dale used spirals her Jump Start Series:
By the way – don’t tell anyone, there’s a pattern from our Free Email Patterns Series that will show you how to ball the ends of your wire, so you can make head pins with heat! These types of headpins are sometimes called ballpins (as opposed to flattened headpins). Click here to see Albina Manning’s great earring & balled wire tutorial.
What are your favorite ways to make your own headpins and eyepins, or what do you love to use them with? Let us know in the comments below!
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