How to Draw a Bead to Make a Sterling Silver Head Pin

Uploaded by Beadaholique on 25.06.2012

Hi this Julie with and today I want to show you how to draw a bead
on a piece of wire creating a sterling silver head pin
what I'm going to be using is this Heetrix soldering platform with third
hand extension. It's got a pair of tweezers here
this is my favorite tool for doing this type of project just because it
really does protect the hands and gives you a lot more mobility
I've got a coil here a twenty one gauge sterling silver wire
take your flush cutters
cut a piece
that I want to use as my head pin
going to just go ahead straighten it out with my fingers
and placed the tip of it
into my tweezers
I want these to be
directly over my platform
I've got a micro torch right here and I'm just going to hit the tip of this
with a solid flame from the micro torch
and what you're going to see is it gets kind of black in color
then turn a bit red and then it's going to just going to suck up the silver
and create a nice beautiful ball on the end
and this is called drawing a bead
on wire and it creates a head pin

and just like that
we created
a ball head pin
let that cool and then you can go ahead and polish it up and make it
bright silver again or you can keep it with this lovely kind of
black gray tone if you're doing a project that wants more of a antique
look to your silver
and that's all there is to drawing a bead
on a piece of wire to create a head pin