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, 2"
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2" (51mm) 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 darker than raw brass and goes well with just about any color. Standard head pins are easy to bend, cut or loop. Best for simple loops or embedding. Plating may crack if overworked.
The pins I received are very dark, more like antique brown. They are not the color shown in the picture which is what I would have liked to have gotten. Most are bent, but still usable.
Good head pin
By Laura W on 9/4/2014
This is a good, quality head pin to use with other antique brass findings. They are a little bent straight out of the package, so I use my nylon pliers to smooth them out. I prefer this much more than the "thin" version, which I found to be too flimsy, and did not wrap well.