Topics: Pearls, Hole Sizes, Headpins, Pearl Reamers
Will .025-inch precious metal headpins go through cultured freshwater pearls?
- Chris, AL
A 0.025-inch diameter (22-gauge) headpin will typically work with a larger (6-8mm) cultured freshwater pearl as their drill hole sizes are larger than smaller pearls (2-5mm). However, a 0.020 or 24-gauge wire is a better choice when working with cultured freshwater pearls because most have smaller holes.
If 0.025-inch is the size headpin you are using in your project, and the pearls do not fit, the drill hole can be enlarged with a pearl reamer.