Susan LeGuyader's A New Headpin, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin. Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop. I was recently at a Valentine's Market and was working on projects.
A New Headpin
by Susan LeGuyader
  • Category: Findings
  • Technique(s): Coiling, Making Findings, Making Loops
  • Skill Level: Beginner
I was recently at a Valentine's Market and was working on projects. I try to remember all I might need for said projects before I leave home but can never think of everything. Or sometimes you are freestyling it (jewelry making on the fly) and you didn't even realize you would need a component that's at home.

This is what happened in my case and the component I needed was a headpin. I don't tend to buy headpins, per se, I mostly make what I need. So if you are like me and want to make your own components AND forget to bring them with you, follow along on a new style of headpin.

Materials

22 Gauge Round Half Hard 14/20 Gold Filled Wire
H4-22H
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $16.86
  • Gold Club Price: $12.65
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22 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-22H
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $8.27
  • Gold Club Price: $6.20
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Tools

5 1/2 Inch Nylon Flat Jaw Pliers with Replacement Jaws
G2-1
  • G2-1
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $9.97
  • Gold Club Price: $7.48
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5 1/4 Inch Brass Lined Flat Nose Plier - Pack of 1
G2-78
  • G2-78
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.57
  • Gold Club Price: $10.93
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C.H.P Milano Angled Flush Cutter, 5-1/4 Inches
PLR-489.00
  • PLR-489.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $19.97
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Instructions
Step 1
In these examples, I used 22 gauge copper wire and 20g gold plated wire. I wouldn't go any thicker than 20 gauge as it is too thick to work with.
Cut 3-4" of wire and at one end of the wire, make a simple knot. I use my fingers for this part.
Then grasp the opposite end with nylon jaw pliers (might as well straighten the wire while we are at it, multitasking at its finest) and flat nose pliers at the other and pull the knot almost closed.
Susan LeGuyader's A New Headpin - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, a new headpin
Susan LeGuyader's A New Headpin - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, a new headpin
Susan LeGuyader's A New Headpin - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, a new headpin
Susan LeGuyader's A New Headpin - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, a new headpin
Step 2
Put the end of the wire through the knot hole again. Tuck the end tight and cut close to the knot. Use chain nose or bent nose pliers to get in there and snug down the end. There you have made a simple handmade headpin without the need for heat.
Susan LeGuyader's A New Headpin - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, a new headpin
Susan LeGuyader's A New Headpin - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, a new headpin
Step 3
You can get fancy from there, make a longer tail on the wire and wrap the knot through multiple times. In the next photo, you can see how the headpin looks with 20 gauge wire.
Susan LeGuyader's A New Headpin - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, a new headpin
Susan LeGuyader's A New Headpin - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, a new headpin
Step 4
Another alternative is to wrap the wire around the end of flat nose pliers, pinch together. Grasp the pinched wire with the pliers and start carefully wrapping around the flat, pinched wire. Tuck tail close to the coil and cut.
Susan LeGuyader's A New Headpin - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, a new headpin
Susan LeGuyader's A New Headpin - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, a new headpin
Susan LeGuyader's A New Headpin - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, a new headpin
Step 5
You can have a lot of fun, playing with wire to make your own headpins.
Susan LeGuyader's A New Headpin - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, a new headpin
Susan LeGuyader's A New Headpin - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, a new headpin