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) antique brass thin ball-end head pin components. Approximately 0.02" diameter (24 gauge/0.5mm). Approximately 1.8mm ball end. Plated over brass. Antiqued brass is a warm and inviting metal finish that simulates the look of distressed brass. Thin head pins are for small-hole beads. April 2014: We have upgraded these pins to a new, more flexible version. Great for wrapped loops!
I like these headpins! They ARE very flexible - but isn't that the point? I'm getting more. I was using them instead of wire which is wasteful. Now I'm going to buy a roll of wire so I can save these to use them with the ball - it looks so pretty! I'm giving them a 4 (out of 5) because many are bent (but not beyond using). They are very soft.
Cautious about headpins
By Jeanie P on 3/13/2021
I am new to jewelry making. I got some cheap ball headpins (from a Chinese company) in an antique brass finish, 70mmx0.6mm. (I don't know what gauge that is.) They claimed nickel free but never said what they were made of. They're so hard to bend that a pair of plyers I was using came apart. Needless to say I am having a hard time learning to wrap! These headpins sound very promising to me (and my sore old hands). Despite one negative review, I'm game to try. I'll come back to review them.
By hawaiibeads on 5/5/2014
I purchased these in all 3 finishes. Have used them in the past. This batch is totally unacceptable. All arrived bent and way too flexible for the use they are intended for. I am disappointed that R&T chose to sell these, they are not the quality they have sold in the past.