What a gorgeous "knotted" wire headpin. I'd like to give a special thanks to Donna for submitting so many beautiful tutorials. You can find more of her tutorials on my website linking from the Making Wire Jewelry page
Headpins are used very often when creating
jewelry. If you have a torch, it’s easy to create
your own headpins. However, if you don’t have
one, or if you are like me and don’t trust yourself
with a torch, buying pre-made headpins may
seem like the only option.
This tutorial teaches you to make your own
decorative wire headpins without the need for a torch.
The tutorial calls for 22g wire. This makes these
headpins great for heavier beads. However, if you
would prefer, you can use 24g wire instead.
22g dead soft or half hard wire (1" longer
than desired length for headpin)
Flat nose pliers
Bend wire 1" from the bottom. Close the bend by
pressing on it with your flat nose pliers on each
side of the bend.
Be careful not to press too tightly, or the wire
Bend the wire outward at a 90º angle 1/8" above
Wrap the wire around the doubled piece of wire
just below the bend created in the previous step.
Continue wrapping until you are almost to the
bottom of the wire.
Cut the wire 2-3mm away from the piece you just
wrapped. File the end smooth.
Press the end of the wire against the first bend in
This should actually be work hardened enough to
keep the end from slipping. However, I would
suggest tumbling for an hour or so just to be
The Finished Knotted Wire Headpin!
About the Artist: Donna Spadafore is a self taught jewelry artist who has spent years
improving her techniques and creating new, original jewelry designs. She
now teaches many of her designs to her students using on-line tutorials
available on her web-site. If you are interested in learning new and
wonderful jewelry techniques, go to http://www.gailavira.com/tutorials
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