ECT TV Episode 33: How to Make Ornate Headpins + Earrings

ECT TV Episode 33:  How to Make Ornate Headpins & Earrings

In this episode of ECT TV (Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV) you’ll learn how to make an ornate headpin from wire and then I’ll show you a quick project to use those headpins in.

Don’t let your creativity end with what I show you, though.  Come up with your own design for your headpins!  And then use them in your jewelry projects however you like!

ECT TV Episode 33:

Headpin & Earring Tutorial in Photographic Form:

This is what is in the video in picture form.

How to Make Ornate Headpins & Earrings

Tools & Materials (for both projects):

  • 20 gauge half-hard round wire (any metal that you choose)
  • 2 beads of your choice.  I used:  Green Adventurine Nuggets
  • 2 Earring wires.  Or make your own:  How to Make Earring Wires from ECT TV Episode 24
  • Round nose pliers
  • Sharpie
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose (or another pair of chain nose) pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Hammer and steel bench block or anvil (Use a rawhide or nylon hammer to harden the wire without flattening it or use a chasing hammer to flatten the wire.)

Step #1Mark your round nose pliers with a sharpie to make uniform loops

Use the sharpie to make a mark on your round nose pliers so that your loops are uniform.  I marked mine about halfway.  It doesn’t matter so much where you place the mark, but that you consistently use that spot in your project.  For more on this wire wrapping trick, click here.

Step #2How to make an ornate headpin

Cut a piece of wire to 6 inches.  (In the video I said 8 inches, but you really only need 6 inches unless you’re going to be adding a lot of beads to the headpin when you’re done.

Step #3How to make ornate headpins

Hold the wire about 3″ from the top in your round nose pliers.  The wire should line up with the mark you made on your pliers.

Step #4How to make ornate headpins

Wrap the wire around the round nose pliers like you’re making a wire wrapped bead link.

Step #5How to make ornate headpins

Remove the loop from your pliers.  You’ll notice that the loop is off center and we want it centered over the wire.  We’ll do that next.

Step #6How to make ornate headpins

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  As you wrap the wire from the loop around the other wire, pull that other wire straight out and use chain nose pliers to straighten the loop.

How to make ornate headpins

Step #7How to make ornate headpins

Now we’ll make a second loop.  I just used my thumb and bend against the wire to create a curve and then went completely around.  You may want to use pliers for this.  Long needle nose pliers are good for this kind of thing because they have a very small tip.

How to make ornate headpins

Step #8How to make ornate headpins

Hold the loops in your finger and wrap the short end around the long end of the wire next to where your first wrap was.

Step #9How to make ornate headpins

 

Trim off any excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #10How to make ornate headpins

Hammer just the top part.

Step #11

Repeat and make a second headpin if you’re continuing with the earring project.

Step #12How to make ornate headpin earrings

Make earring wires if you’re making your own.

Step #13How to make ornate headpin earrings

Slide a bead onto a headpin.

Step #14How to make ornate headpin earrings

Hold the wire just above the bead in round nose pliers.  You should line up the wire with the mark you made earlier to keep your loops uniform.

Step #15How to make ornate headpin earrings

Wrap the wire around the pliers and between the pliers and the bead.

Step #16How to make ornate headpin earrings

Just like before with the headpin loop, this loop is off center.  So I straighten it in the same way.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around while pulling the bead/headpin straight and straightening the loop.

Step #17How to make ornate headpin earrings

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers and continue the wraps, keeping them tight and even.

Step #18How to make ornate headpin earrings

Trim off the excess wire.

How to make ornate headpin earrings

Step #19How to make ornate headpins and earrings

How to make ornate headpins and earrings

How to make ornate headpins and earrings

Open an earring wire, place the wire wrapped loop in and close it.  Repeat the steps for the second earring.

How to make ornate headpins earrings

Customize these:

  • Try making a different shape with the end of your headpin.
  • Use different metal for the wire.
  • Use different beads.
  • Use the headpins in completely different jewelry projects.
  • What else can you think of?

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