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Q.
What gauge wire is used for headpins/eyepins when using Swarovski crystals?
- Jeanette
A.
The gauge of wire we recommend depends on whether you are finishing the headpin with a simple loop or a wrapped loop.

Choose a heavier gauge headpin when making a simple loop. To ensure the loop holds up to wear and tear, we recommend 0.028-inch 21-gauge headpins. They are a heavy gauge wire, but the crystals will fit fine.

When finishing with a wrapped loop we recommend using 0.016-inch 26-gauge headpins or 0.02-inch 24-gauge headpins. The finer wire will yield a nice finish when wrapped and it will remain secure through years of wear; the crystals will also fit on this gauge wire.

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