Judy Freyer Thompson's Geometric Headpins, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin. Cutting, Cutting Tool, Cutters, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder. Purchased headpins are an excellent time saver when you are facing a deadline.
Geometric Headpins
by Judy Freyer Thompson
  • Category: Findings
  • Technique(s): Cutting, Butane Torch Techniques
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
Purchased headpins are an excellent time saver when you are facing a deadline. The only drawback is you are confined by the length. Next time you are designing a piece, consider making some geometric headpins. They are simple in design and easy to make with very little materials, scrap pieces of wire and sheet are perfect.

Materials

18 Gauge Round Half Hard Copper Wire
H11-18H
  • Lesson Quantity: 5.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $2.72
  • Gold Club Price: $2.04
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Copper Sheet Metal - 24 Gauge - 6 x 3 Inches
SHT-C24.3-6
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $3.47
  • Gold Club Price: $2.60
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Tools

7 Holes Metal Punch Kit- 2.38mm to 7.14mm - Pack of 1 Kit
G15-8
  • G15-8
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $41.97
  • Gold Club Price: $31.48
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Lindstrom Multi-Purpose Shear, 5-3/4 Inches
G2-6000
  • G2-6000
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $27.98
  • Gold Club Price: $20.98
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6 Piece Assorted File Set with Wooden Handle
G14-7
  • G14-7
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.57
  • Gold Club Price: $4.18
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Chasing Hammer - Flat Faced with Polished Wooden Handle - Pack of 1
G3-13
  • G3-13
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $11.97
  • Gold Club Price: $8.98
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Premium Steel Bench Block 2 1/2 X 2 1/2
G17-9
  • G17-9
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $15.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.98
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Blazer Stingray Torch, Silver
TRCH-4004
  • TRCH-4004
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $49.95
  • Gold Club Price: $37.46
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Copper Solder Paste, 1/2 ozt, Soft
SOL-824.10
  • SOL-824.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $8.78
  • Gold Club Price: $6.58
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Fire Brick
SOL-485.00
  • SOL-485.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $11.97
  • Gold Club Price: $8.98
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Small Brass Brush
BRS-966.10
  • BRS-966.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $10.97
  • Gold Club Price: $8.23
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Pickle Pot, 16 Ounces
CLN-584.00
  • CLN-584.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $30.97
  • Gold Club Price: $23.23
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Black Magic Pickling
CLN-160.00
  • CLN-160.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $11.98
  • Gold Club Price: $8.98
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Instructions
Step 1
Using 400 grit sandpaper, clean then flush cut various lengths of copper wire to your specifications. Using the flat file from the metal file set, smooth the cut ends. Using the flat face of the chasing hammer, slightly flatten one end of each wire on the steel bench.
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Step 2
Using the Metal Punch Kit fitted with the 9/32” punch and die, punch a few disks from the 24 gauge sheet.
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Step 3
Clean the copper sheet using 400 grit sandpaper. Using the permanent marker and ruler, trace 3/8” triangles on the sheet.
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Step 4
Cut out the triangles with the metal shears and slightly round the edges with a flat metal file.
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Step 5
Lay the prepared shapes on the soldering brick. Align the wires in the center on the shapes. Using the butane torch and copper solder, solder the wires to the shapes.
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Step 6
Let them cool, pickle, remove and wash with soap and water. Brass brush if desired.
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