It's no secret that I love headpins, they are just so versatile and come in so many diffrent shapes and sizes. This is one of my go to desgins for a simple but beautiful pair of earrings using two pairs of headpins.
Here I used a pair of lampwork headpins (from Creeky Beads on Etsy) and a pair of sterling silver 'fancy' headpins that I made, Click here for a tutorial on how to make these.
First bend the fancy headpins on something round to form earwires, I use the handle of a small paintbrush but a sharpie pen or wooden spoon work just as well.
Then using flat nose pliers slightly bend the end of the wires outwards, this adds a nice little detail and makes it easier to put them in your ears.
|Pair of Headpins|
|Bent into Earwires|
Next useing a hammer and anvil, lightly tap the wires at the top of bend you just formed and at the bends at the end of the wire. You want to work harden the metal so it keeps it shape and makes it stronger, you could use a tumbler to do this if you have one. Then file the ends so that they are nice and rounded, this can be done with either a file or a cup burr.
Using round nose pliers make a small hoop at the top of the lampwork headpins and then thread them onto your earwires, continue to wrap the wires around the lampwork headpins and tuck the ends in neatly using a pair of pliers.
When this is done I give them a quick dip in a LOS solution to darken the metal and then I give them a really good buff with some polishing papers.
And there you have it simple but beautiful earrings from two pairs of headpins.