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.
Antiqued Brass Plated Ball End Head Pin, Standard, 1.5"
2 Reviews /
Avg Rating: 6 /10
1.5" (38mm) antique brass standard ball-end head pin components. Approximately 0.029" diameter (21 gauge/0.737mm). Approximately 1.8mm ball end. Plated over brass. Antiqued brass is a warm and inviting metal finish that simulates the look of distressed brass. Standard head pins are easy to bend, cut or loop. Best for simple loops or embedding. Plating may crack if overworked.
I loved the look of these from the beginning, but found out some of the early stock wasn't made quite right. They seem to have sorted out the problem, and these pins are a nice touch on a variety of projects. Oh, and someone, somewhere takes the time to stack them all up neatly in the package. They are great to work with.
By Joshua E on 9/10/2010
These pins are very brittle. I bought 4 different sets of pins in 2 different finishes, all of them are too brittle to be used. The .021 antique copper and brass both snap when you try to make a wrapped loop. The .029 in antique copper and brass snap when you try to open a simple loop to attach to anything. I don't recommend these at all.