How to make a wrapped loop on a headpin:
A wrapped headpin is stronger and more secure than a single loop on a headpin, and works best with higher gauge wire (thin wire) headpins such as 22g, 24g and 26g. I prefer working with 22g or 24g wire headpins when making a wrapped loop, especially if I’m working with pearls which usually have thin holes.
What you need:
- 22gauge headpins
- small beads, or beads with small holes such as pearls
- earring wire hook (optional)
- round nose pliers
- chain or flat nose pliers
- wire cutters
- safety glasses (optional)
Slide the bead onto the headpin. Grip the headpin approx. 4mm above the bead with your round nose pliers.
Bend the headpin to a 90 degrees angle by moving your pliers away from you. Use your free hand to bend the tail of the headpin around the nose of your pliers to form a complete loop. You might have to reposition your pliers once or twice.
If you’re making a wrapped loop on a headpin for a certain project, then this is the place to slide whatever you need onto the loop, or attach it to the chain/link you are working with. I’ve used an earring wire as an example. Read the instructions for the project you are working on to see if you need to slide anything onto the loop.
Grip the loop with your flat or chain nose pliers. (I prefer chain nose pliers)
Now you can start the wrapping process. Start as close to the loop as possible and avoid leaving spaces. Use your free hand and wrap the wire around the neck of the loop until it touches the bead.
Use your wire or side cutters to cut off the excess wire as close to the wrap as possible. Take your flat or chain nose pliers to press down the end of the wire that you've cut. Well done, your wrapped headpin is now ready to use.
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