The loop size will depend on how much wire you leave past the end of your beads, and around which part of your pliers you bend the loop. A good loop size is usually about 1/3 of the way from the tip of your pliers, with about 8mm of wire.
Use round needle-nose pliers.
If using an eye pin, decide which way you want the loop to go - the same direction as the premade loop on the other end, or 90º off. Keep this direction in mind as you bend the rest of the wire.
Cut off any excess wire (we suggest retaining 8mm above the top of your beads).
Grip the pin just above the top bead (at the arrow above), and bend the wire sharply toward you.
Grasp the tip of the wire with pliers, and bend smoothly away from you, around the pliers.
Use chain-nose pliers to grasp the wire just above the top of the bead.
Use your fingers to bend the wire sharply over the top of the pliers, at a 90° angle. You should have 2-3mm of straight wire between the bead and the bend.
Use round-nose pliers to grasp a spot just above the bend, and use your fingers to smoothly bend the wire all the way around the tip of the pliers.
Now use pliers to grasp the wire firmly across the loop. Use your fingers or chain-nose pliers to carefully wrap the wire around the stem. For best control, experts recommend you break this step into a series of half wraps.
2" (51mm) gunmetal standard ball-end head pins. Approximately 0.029" diameter (21 gauge/0.737mm). Approximately 1.8mm ball end. Plated over brass. Standard head pins are easy to bend, cut or loop. Best for simple loops or embedding. Plating may crack if overworked.Black gunmetal color may range from gun blue to matte dark gray to shiny black metal.
I have had the same issue as the reviewer in 2010. Several times I have ordered these headpins (so it's not just one "bad" batch) where the pins are SO BRITTLE that they break or worse yet, you go through the tremendous effort to actually wrap these pins, just to find out that the finish flakes right off! I wish that Rings & Things would address this. [R & T reply: Hi Shy, we have now addressed this, and have swung the pendulum the opposite direction. They are now very soft, which makes it a lot easier to wire-wrap them. This sometimes frustrates people who want the stronger original version, but we have far more customers who (like you) are wire-wrapping them, so we made the switch.]
Gunmetal Plating Comes Off
By Goddess Beaded Creations on 9/11/2010
When making a simple loop with these 21g head pins, the plating flaked off, making a mess and exposing the brass underneath. I tried several of the pins, but the same thing happened with each.