How to make an eye pin:

eye pin


There is no ‘right’ way of making an eye pin or single wire loop. I’ll show you 2 different ways (technique 1 and 2) and you can end up using your third way of doing it!! As long as you end up with a loop at the end of your wire, then you’ve succeed. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t master it at first. It takes a lot of practice to make perfect looking loops.

What you need:
  • 20g or 22g wire (at least 6cm or longer)
  • round nose pliers
  • chain or flat nose pliers
  • side cutters

Technique 1

Step 1:
Straighten the piece of wire more or less using your hands. Grip the wire 2/3rd of the length with your round nose pliers.

grip wire with round nose pliers



Step 2:
Bend the tip of the wire 90 degrees by moving your pliers away from you.

bend wire 90 degrees



Step 3:
Use your free hand to bend the tip of the wire clockwise around the nose of the plier to form a loop. You might have to reposition your pliers once or twice.

bend wire to form a loop



Step 4:
Use your side cutters to cut the wire where the loop connects.

cut wire



Step 5:
Use your chain or flat nose pliers to make the loop even.

holding eye pin



Technique 2

Step 1:
Straighten the piece of wire more or less using your hands. Grip the wire 2/3rd of the length with your round nose pliers.

gripping wire with round nose pliers



Step 2:
Use your free hand to bend the tip of the wire clockwise around the nose of the plier to form a loop. You might have to reposition your pliers once or twice.

bending wire to form a loop



Step 3:
Use your side cutters to cut the wire where the loop connects. As you can see the loop is leaning to one side.

eye pin



Step 4:
Position your round nose pliers as shown in the graphic. Tilt the loop slightly so it’s central to the wire.

eye pin





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