Head Pins & Eye Pins 101

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Head Pins

Are a piece of wire with a flat head on one end (similar to that of a regular pin used in sewing), that can come in varying lengths and sizes (gauges), and are used in the creation of earings. The main function of the flat head on the end of the pin, is to stop the beads from falling off. If you need a more descriptive idea, I have given a simple step by step instruction on how to use your head pins below. =)

Head Pins how to 

Decide which beads you want to use for your creation, then place them on your head pin. Once the desired beads have been placed, take your round nose pliers, and bend the excess wire to a flat 90 degree angle. Next, take your wire cutters, and trim the excess leaving about 6-7mm or 1/4 inch of wire so that you can make a loop to connect to the ear hook. Now take your round nose again, and with the tip of your pliers, grasp the wire, and curl it to make a loop. It should look like th eloop found on eye pins. It takes some practice to get it down perfectly, so be sure to buy a bunch to experiment with. And that is how you use your head pins! =)

Pins are relatively cheap to buy, so purchase them in packs of 50 pieces or more, so that you have a nice supply for trial and error, should you be a first time jewellery maker.

***Loops - I am not going to go into details on the various types of loops you can make here, but for those of you who are new to jewellery making, take your round nose pliers, grasp the end of your wire, and curl the wire over the pliers tip. Some people prefer to curl towards them, some prefer to curl away from them. At the end of the day, it all depends on which way works best for you, so try it out on a few pins. The size of your loops, will depend on which part of the pliers is used to make the loop. If you want a small loop, use the tip, for a medium loop, place the wire about midway down the plier, and for larger loops, go further in, toward the base of the plier. You can now connect your dangle to your ear hook or eye pin. =)

Eye Pins

The only real difference between head pins and eye pins, is that the head pins have a flat head on one end, while eye pins have a loop on one end. Eye pins are used in much the same way as head pins. Eye pins are particularly helpful when you want to add an extra dangle to an earing, like an extension. For example, if you use the steps above to create your head pin dangle, instead of putting it straight onto a ear hook, put it on an eye pin, then add more desired beads to your eye pin, cut off the excess, make a loop and then connect the eye pin to the ear hook.

Pins always come slightly bent out of shape. Some remain straight, but you will always find bent pins in your packs. As mentioned above, they are easily straightened using your round nose pliers, or even just your fingers. You can consider it a sign of quality also, as good quality pins will bend, not snap. You might be asking yourself why the sellers dont straighten them for you? The simple answer is, we buy them by the kg, that's thousands upon thousands of pins. You can probably imagine the amount of time and labour we'd have to put in to straighten all the pins, and we'd have to put the cost of that time onto the buyers. So it is much better to just let the buyers straighten them which keeps the cost down.

That is the basics of Head and Eye pins, have fun experimenting and creating! =)

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