Head pins (also spelled headpins) are one of the most frequently used jewelry findings around and are many a jewelry maker's best pal! Basically, a headpin is a piece of wire with a "head" (stopper) at one end that stops beads from sliding off. Once beads are strung onto your head pin, use jewelry pliers to make either a simple loop or wrapped loop with the remaining length of wire. Head pins allow you to make your own beady charms to add to bracelets, necklaces, earrings, cell phone lariats, and (let's face it) just about anything else you want to adorn!
Choose from several sizes and metals of these basic jewelry findings. Keep in mind that the larger the gauge number, the thinner the wire.
- 20-gauge (0.032", 0.813mm) is Heavy
- 21-gauge (0.029", 0.737mm) is Standard diameter
- 22-gauge (0.025", 0.635mm) is Thin
- 24-gauge (0.020", 0.508mm) is Extra Thin