If you know how to make loop headpins and eyepins, you've got one of the most fundamental skills in making statement jewellery covered. Follow this step-by-step tutorial and nail these basic skills.
- A range of beads
- Headpins and eyepins
- Metal chain
- Jump rings
- Lobster clasp
- Extension chain
- Round nose pliers
1. Make Beads With a Loop at Each End
For beads with loops at both ends, thread an eyepin (with a loop already made at one end) through the bead.
Bend the wire 90 degrees to the side of the bead.
Using wire cutters, trim the wire to around 1cm long.
Turn the headpin into a loop using round nose pliers. Hold the pliers in your hand, fingers over the top and palm facing away. Twist your hand forward - like you're revving a motorbike but in the opposite direction. Watch the video below to see it in action.
Keep threading and turning loops in the eyepins on all the beads you want to hang another bead from.
2. Make Beads With One Loop to Hang
To make a bead with just one loop, use a headpin (the one with the flat end) and follow the same steps as above to make a loop.
3. Put It All Together to Make a Necklace
Lay out the beads in your necklace design.
Attach the beads together using jump rings.
Measure the chain around your neck and find the middle. Starting from the centre, attach the beaded droplets using jump rings.
Using jump rings, attach an extension chain to one end of the chain and a lobster clasp to the other end.
In this tutorial, you learned how to make loop headpins and eyepins to create a statement bead necklace.
Now you're learned this fundamental skill, you might like make one of our gorgeous jewellery projects.