Making Your Own Headpin

Aug 15, 2014


This is one of my favorite headpins to make and add to my Boho chic style jewelry. It’s super easy and really unique. All you need are wire cutters, 20 gauge wire, a hammer and a steel block.

Cut Wire

Using wire cutters, cut a piece of 20 gauge wire to 2″ in length. The angle of this photo makes it look as though it’s less but believe me the wire is 2″.

Hammer Wire

Using a hammer, flatten one end of the wire as shown. You want the end to be flattened wide enough so the bead you will be using does not fall off.

Thread Bead onto Wire

Completed Wire Wrapped Bead

Next, thread the bead onto the wire then wire wrap the bead onto the wire as shown in this previous wire wrapping tutorial.

Wrap Style Bracelet

Here is an example of how the beads look on a wrap style bracelet I created. You can put these on charm bracelets, necklaces and even make them into earrings.


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  • Beth L

    I love how this head pin looks, and it’s quick and easy to do, but I tried it once with coated wire and it was not successful. Do you need to hammer on uncoated wire?

    • Lisa M. Pace

      Beth, I’ve used permanently colored copper wire and have never had an issue with this technique. I wonder if the coated wire is too soft? Yes, I do think you would need to use a hammer on uncoated wire.

      • Beth L

        Thanks Lisa, I will try that. I need to restock my supply of wire.