You may of heard on the blog… Beadfest happened recently! My friend, and AJE team member Lesley, kindly offered to take some of my beads across for swaps so I could share in the beady goodness! I got some amazing swaps back, some of which were headpins.
I’ve been curious about glass headpins ever since I saw them while scrolling through Facebook, so I was thrilled to get some beautiful millefiori pins from Jen, and pretty green drop pins from Sue (which make me think of little jester’s hats!)
As with a lot of things I covet, once I got my hands on them, I had no clue what to do with them. I just wanted some as they were pretty. So they sat in my box of special things while I pondered. I’ve come up with a couple of ideas which I am going to share today. The demo’s are using Jen’s headpins as I think their shape works really well for these ideas.
The domed clear glass on Jen’s headpins give them such a wonderful depth that I thought they would make a pretty ring.
Start by taking a headpin and holding it a couple of mm from the glass, bend the glass up so it sits at 90 degrees to the wire.
I used one of my existing rings to get the size. Put it on to your ring mandrel and mark with a felt tip where you need to wrap.
Hold the headpin on the mark with your thumb and wrap the wire around the mandrel, and loop it around the glass.
Keep looping until all the wire is around the head, tuck in the end of the wire and straighten the shank.
Put it on… cute!
Afterwards, I did think about adding seed beads around the shank and was going to make a second, but I couldn’t find anything that I liked that had a large enough hole… time for more bead shopping! If you do want to use beads, you would need put them on to the wire before sizing your ring on the mandrel.
Secondly, I decided to make a clasp. For such tiny heads, they make great focals, so my next design features the pin right in the middle.
As with the ring design, hold the pin and bend the head to 90 degrees.
With bail making pliers wrap a wide loop on one side of the head.
Fold it round the top of the pin to hold it securely.
Do the same on the opposite side.
Wrap the remaining wire around either side of the head, tucking the end in neatly so it doesn’t catch.
Left as it is, it would make a great connector
Or you could do as I did and make a hook to turn the piece into a clasp.