What is the best way to straighten badly bent head and eye pins?
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers in your non-dominant hand, grip the headpin directly below the head (so you don't flatten it) or flat across the eye of an eyepin. Using a pair of nylon-jaw pliers, place the jaws on the headpin or eyepin right above the chain-nose pliers then pull the wire straight out of the nylon jaw pliers. While pulling with the chain-nose pliers you are creating resistance. This also works great when straightening lengths of spooled wire.
- Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator