The head of most head pins has a diameter of approximately 1-2mm. That diameter is compatible with the majority of beads, but sometimes I’ll find a batch of head pins with a slightly smaller head or I’ll want to use a bead with a larger hole. You can use today’s trick any time a head pin slips all the way through the hole of a bead!
String a smaller bead, like a seed bead or a spacer bead, with a diameter slightly larger than the hole of your main bead on to your head pin first. The smaller bead acts like a plug, keeping a bead with a large hole from sliding off by adding width to the head.
I usually like matching the color of my plug bead to the color of my head pin. Metal Seed Beads or Round Japanese Seed Beads are perfect for mimicking the look of a ball head pin. Or you can use this opportunity to add a little pop of color to your design!
Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen