Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

Head pins are one of the most commonly used jewelry findings. They provide a quick and easy way to create earrings, pendants and other beaded components. Standard head pins have a 1.5-2mm diameter head, which works with most beads. But what do you do when your bead keep slipping off the head pin? Not to worry – today’s tip will help solve this problem with style!

When the perfect bead for a project has a hole too large for the head pins in my stash, I reach for my leftover beads! Stringing the right size seed bead, spacer or even a small crystal on to your head pin first will instantly widen the head and support your focal bead. If you like the look of ball head pins, choose a round metal bead the same color as your pin. For extra sparkle or a bright accent, use a Swarovski Elements Crystal or a Fire Polished Glass Bead. Another subtle way to keep your focal bead on the head pin is to use a spacer bead. A flat, disc shaped spacer will help support the weight of your larger holed bead and be less noticeable than a round bead.

Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen


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