One of the first things you’ll need to know in jewelry making is how to wire wrap a head pin. This DIY jewelry tutorial will show you how.
Have you ever made your own jewelry? I love to make my own jewelry, and the best part is you can make it at a fraction of the cost.
Today I am going to go over one of the basics of jewelry making. How to wire wrap a head pin on a bead so you get the nice loop on the top.
It is pretty easy, but it takes a little bit of practice to get it down.
There are three tools that I use to wire wrap:
To wire wrap, you will need both hands, and since I don’t have 3 hands I will show you what it looks like after you complete each step.
Start with your headpin and bead or beads. Feel free to stack the beads on the pin before wrapping.
Put the head pin through the center of the bead.
Push bead to the bottom of the headpin. Using Round Nose Pliers bend the pin 90 degrees.
With thumb and forefinger grab the wire and pull up and around the top nose of the pliers.
Remove the wire from the top nose of the pliers and put the loop over the bottom nose. With the chain nose pliers grab the wire and wrap it tightly around the bottom nose.
Keep the loop on the bottom nose and grab the wire end with the chain nose pliers and tightly wrap the wire around itself under the loop. Cut off the excess wire as closely as you can. (My round nose pliers also cut. If yours don’t you will need wire cutting pliers as well.)
Use the crimping pliers to tuck the end of the wire into the wrap and your bead is ready to be added to your jewelry project.
I know this looks like a lot to do for one bead but after some practice, this whole process will take you less than 30 seconds. Making your own jewelry really doesn’t take too long and it is fun to watch it all come together.
Stay tuned and I will show you the jewelry that I made using this Wire Wrap a Head Pin Loop technique.