Sunday, 10 June 2012

Spiral Headpin with Dropper Hook Tutorial

Spiral headpins

You will need:
1 length of wire (for this tutorial I used 17cm of copper wire, but any length over 7 or 8 cm is fine)
Side cutters
Flat or half round nose pliers
Round nose pliers
what you will need
Step 1. Cut the length of wire required
step 1

Step 2. Using flat nosed pliers, grip the wire in the jaws about ¼ - 1/3 of the way down the wire and bend it back on itself.
step 2
Step 3. Flatten the bend as much as possible so that the two parts of the wire sit snugly next to each other.

Step 3

Step 4. Using the round nosed pliers, grip the bend of the wire and begin to tease it round to start the spiral.  If the wires twist under each other, just use your flat nosed pliers to flatten them down again so that they sit next to each other.
step 4

Step 5. Now grip across the flat of the started spiral with the flat nosed pliers and begin the manipulate the wire around into a spiral form.

step 5

Step 6. When you have the desired size of spiral, continue winding the inner wire until it reaches the opposite side of the spiral to the outer wire: bend the outer wire end at a 90 degree angle to the spiral to create the pin length (or the dropper hook, whichever wire part is on the outside – this will just depend on which direction you started your spiral) then repeat this for the opposite end.

step 6

Step 7. Use your round nosed pliers to create the dropper hook: cut off any excess wire.  Grip the spiral with the flat nosed pliers just under the top of the hook and bend the hook back so that is sits neatly under the spiral.

step 7

Add your chosen beads and dropper as desired.


  1. Another lovely tutorial Anna, really easy to follow and looks great, thank you xx

  2. Brilliant tutorial Anna, thanks

  3. Thank you for the comments, its heartening to know I can be of assistance to my fellow makers :)