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Create a decorative spiral head pin with wire. Add beads to the head pin or just a simple loop to the top of the spiral for an easy charm.
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Chain Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
For this technique, I have used 20 gauge half hard wire.
Try using colored wire or making larger spirals for numerous variations.
Begin by flush cutting the end of a 4-inch piece of wire.
Grasp the very end of the wire with the round nose pliers. To have a spiral with a small opening in the middle, grasp closer to the tips of your pliers.
Rotate the pliers to form a loop.
Reposition your round nose pliers by opening them (but do not pull the pliers out of the loop) and pivot your pliers so the bottom tip is on the top.
Continue rotating the pliers until the wire begins wrapping over itself.
Grasp the loop with the chain nose pliers. Make sure that the base of the loop is showing. This is what we will form the wire around to create the spiral.
Push the wire up - forming it against the base of the loop.
Reposition the spiral in the chain nose pliers. The base of the spiral should be showing and the wire should be perpendicular to the pliers.
Again, push the wire up - forming it to the base of the spiral.
Again, reposition the spiral in the chain nose pliers. The base of the spiral should be showing and the wire should be perpendicular to the pliers.
Push the wire up, against the base of the spiral.
Repeat steps 10 and 11 until the spiral is the desired size.
The spiral is now complete.
To center the spiral on the wire, grasp the wire at the base of the spiral with your chain nose pliers.
Pinch the spiral with your fingers.
Gently push the sprial back until it is centered on the wire.
Congratulations! Your spiral head pin is now complete.
Try adding beads to your head pin or simply making a loop at the top of the spiral for an easy charm.