Head pins. Differances between thick, thin, hard, soft.

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Head pins used in most craft jewellery come in 4 main types;
  • Thin soft. This the easiest to use and the most common. Only to be used for loop tying ie make a simple loop and wrap the tail back around the head pin 
  • Thin hard. These can be used for light weight looping, perhaps when multiple small beads have to be mounted individually. Can also be used for tying.
  • Thick soft. For larger beads to help keep proportion but only suitable for tying.
  • Thick hard. A very strong pin only really suitable for looping.
The quality of a head pin is not measured by how straight they are when purchased, as these are manufacturing issues, but with the workability of the pin. As you bend a pin it becomes brittle due to being worked, poor quality pins will sometimes break when being worked or will become brittle and fail later. To check quality, Thick hard head pins take a pin, put it in your pliers and bend it back and forward a few times, the easier it gets to bend the poorer the quality. Good pins should be able to stand 4-5 bends through 180 degrees



                                          
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