Back to Basics - making simple headpins

A free video tutorial teaching you how to make simple headpins

About the Tutorial

Headpins are such a simple jewellery finding that we sometimes forget about them, but you can't hang a bead on an earring, bracelet or pendant without one!

This quick free tutorial includes my tips for creating simple headpins from sterling silver wire by melting the ends of the wire using a small blowtorch. If you prefer your headpins to have a smoother balled end than mine swap your sterling silver for fine silver.

This video class is just one in a collection of free tutorials. You can enrol on each one individually or enrol on the whole bundle so that you don't miss out on new classes!

You will need:

0.8mm sterling silver round wire

Equipment: (all the jewellery making kit listed here can be used for many different projects)
Small blowtorch
Quench pot
Pickle pot
Reverse-action tweezers
soldering block(s) to protect work surface
Wire cutters

Course Curriculum



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Ann Ross


A very well crafted, easy to understand video. Thank you

7 months ago
Robina Maher

Thank you Joanne a beautifully presented instruction on balling up wire to make head pins.

Expert tips on achieving a good finish with no unnecessary waffle!

11 months ago

Joanne Tinley

Tutor and Founder of The Jeweller's Bench

The Jeweller's Bench is run by Joanne Tinley. She has been making her own jewellery for as long as she can remember and left her first career as a school teacher to set up business as a  jewellery designer and tutor nearly 20 years ago. She is
self-taught and like many people started with wire and beads. Learning how to solder, however, opened up a whole new world of jewellery making,  one that she is keen to share!