Heart-shaped headpins are always in style, but they also happen to make a great Valentine’s Day accessory. Use ’em as the base for your next beaded project, whether it be a necklace, bracelet or anything in between.
Heart HeadpinsLevel: Easy
What You Need
1. Make a Spiral
Cut a 20 cm piece of 0.8 mm wire and turn a simple loop at one end with your round-nosed pliers.
Grasp this loop with your flat-nosed pliers and gently turn it to create a spiral.
2. Make the Point
With your flat-nosed pliers, grasp the wire about 1½ cm away from the top of the spiral. Bend the wire up to create the point of your heart.
3. Shape the Loop
Using round-nosed pliers, grasp the long length of wire directly opposite the spiral and pull it firmly around your pliers. Make sure you’re using the part of your round-nosed pliers that is the same size as the spiral you created.
4. Finish Shaping
Grasp the wire with the tip of your round-nosed pliers just beneath where the base of the spiral sits.
Pull the wire firmly up and through the center of your heart, leaving a small teardrop loop beneath.
With the flat-nosed pliers, create a small bend above the center of your heart.
Using a steel bench block and a chasing hammer, hammer your heart to create a flattened look.
6. Oxidize (Optional)
If you want, you can oxidize your copper using liver of sulphur — just make sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Now you’re ready to use this headpin for any beaded project!