Learn how to wire-wrap a really cute boho hair pin with gemstone + lava beads. This wire-wrapping tutorial is a great introduction to wire-wrapping with thicker wire – it’s suitable for all beginners and you can use any gemstone bead you have on hand.
These wire-wrapped hair pins are gorgeous and the design is versatile. Make at any length you’d like – I make mine at 9″ and I use a lava bead so it can be used as an essential oil diffuser.
MATERIALS + TOOLS
- 15” – 12 gauge wire (dead soft)
- 12” x 20-22 gauge copper wire
- 1 Lava Bead (12 mm)
- 2 Gemstone Beads (8 mm)
- Round nose pliers
- Needle nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Heavy duty cutters
- Anvil or bench block
- Rubber Mallet
- Ball Peen Hammer
- Liver of Sulfur (optional)
How to Wire-Wrap a Hair Pin
Using a pair of heavy-duty cutters, cut the end of your 12 gauge wire in a diagonal cut. (fig. 1a). File until smooth (fig. 1b, 1c).
Using a pair of round-nose pliers, start forming your swirl. Try to keep as tight as possible (fig. 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d). This part can be a little tricky which is why your wire should be dead soft.
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Make a few loops and straighten out base wire (fig. 3a). Using your thumb and fingers, start forming 3 bumps in the wire. This is where we will put the beads. (fig. 3b, 3c, 3d).
Once your bumps are formed, measure the TOTAL length of your hair pin. In my tutorial, I’m measuring my pin at 9” (fig. 4a). Using a pair of heavy duty cutters, trim down your wire to make your hair pin as long as you’d like.
Using a rubber mallet, straighten out the wire (fig. 4b, 4c). Place the swirl head on the anvil or bench and start hammering (fig. 4d, 4e). I like to flatten out the outside of the swirl more than the inside.
Place the pin on the anvil or bench block and hammer the rest of the pin (fig. 5a). Straighten out the pin with a rubber mallet if necessary (fig. 5b, 5c). Place the tip of pin on anvil or bench block – hammer until paddle is formed (fig. 5d, 5e).