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Plated Eye Pins
Plated eye pins give you a variety of color options at great prices. Use eye pins to make your own beaded charms and dangles, create links to make rosaries and handmade chain, and connect separate jewelry components together. Use to make custom beaded charms, link components together, and more. All our plated eyes have a brass core, making them easy to manipulate.
Silver plated eye pins have a thin layer of actual sterling silver bonded on top of a brass core.
White plated eye pins display a slightly grayer silver color (imitation rhodium plating) that won't tarnish!
Yellow plate is a gold-colored plating that is slightly brassier than real gold. It's durable and economical.
Eye pin mixes contain a random selection of in-stock colors.
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.