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How to Create Headpin and Eyepin Loops

Jewellery Making Techniques

Required materials:

  • Headpin or Eyepin
  • Round-Nosed Pliers
  • Flat-Nosed Pliers
  • Side Cutters (or other wire cutters)


1 Take your headpin or eyepin and slide your bead(s) onto it.

2 Take your side cutters and cut the wire roughly 1cm (1/2") above the bead(s).

3 Using your flat-nosed pliers, gently bend the wire right up against the bead, until it's at a right angle.

4 Keep hold of the wire at the right angle using the flat-nosed pliers, then take your round-nosed pliers and clasp the very end of the wire.

5 Gently bend the wire around the jaws of your round-nosed pliers with the simple rotation of your wrist. You may need to readjust your hold on the pliers if you run out of rotation room so that you can create a complete circle – but make sure you hold the wire in exactly the same place. And that's it – you've created a loop!