What's the difference between an eyepin and a headpin? When would I use one or the other?
Headpins are straight pieces of wire with a tiny disk or other piece of metal at one end. The metal stops beads from falling off the end of the wire when you string them on. You can finish the straight end of the headpin with a simple or wrapped loop. Headpins work well to make neatly finished drops.
Eyepins are straight pieces of wire with a simple loop at one end. The loop stops strung beads from falling off the end of the wire, like with a headpin, but the eyepin's ''eye'' opens so you can add other findings to it. For example, you can connect eyepin links to make a chain like a rosary, or add a beaded headpin drop to make an articulated earring.