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Solitaire
01-05-2007, 01:39 PM
Why are some head pins so hard to bend into shape ? My fingers are so sore.

Peter
01-05-2007, 02:22 PM
You've got good 'uns! Be grateful! If I get cheap ones I use them as links rather than headpins, sore fingers?.............you do use pliers do you? :)

Solitaire
01-05-2007, 04:11 PM
:mf: yes I do, but when you bend the wire sideways over the bead I use my thumb nail to lean the wire and pliers to make the loop. :mf:

Peter
01-05-2007, 05:09 PM
Ah, that explains it! I use the tip of long nose pliers to bend over the bead then round nose to loop. Do you leave 3-5mm from the bead to the bend? It gives you room to get the pliers in! :)

Solitaire
01-05-2007, 05:12 PM
About that, would rather the wire was too long so I can snip bits off than too short and have to start again

Peter
01-05-2007, 05:18 PM
No, I meant from the top of the bead where the wire comes out, don't bend flat to the bead, but leave 3-5mm before bending at right angles and then looping. :)

Solitaire
01-05-2007, 05:20 PM
Sorry no I bend it left to the top of the bead

Peter
01-05-2007, 05:25 PM
Try a thimble..................:D

silverthistlebeads
11-05-2007, 08:10 PM
You can get hard pins, usually about 28 gauge metal and soft pins that are about 21 gauge, at least thats what I have and the 21 are much easier to bend.

The only thing I find is depending on what I am making the 21 gauge can be too soft and the 28 really hard to bend.

Francesca

naomi126
05-05-2008, 08:29 PM
I use an old metal thimble that ive bent into a point..saves sore fingers and nails!

Beadservice
07-05-2008, 09:51 AM
It depends on the thickness of the head pin and what the base metal is.

I sell both 0.7mm and 0.5mm diameter pins, which are from Beadalon, with real 'silver plating' and easy to use.

I know what you mean though...when I first started making, I used some cheap head pins. They were really tough to bend and I ended up with grooves in my thumb nails.

Debbie