Topics: Headpins, Size

How does the gauge of the head pin coordinate with the size of the head pin?
- Gwanda
Since the head pin is made of wire, it is measured in gauges. Common gauges for head pins range from 18-gauge (thick) to 26-gauge (thin). Choose the gauge that will go through the bead hole. For example, a freshwater pearl will have a small drill hole so you will likely need a 24- to 26-gauge head pin.

The size of the head pins relates to the linear measurement, or how long it is, and is usually sized in inches. Headpins come in 1/2 inch to 4 inches long. This variety of sizes accommodates short dangles to long dangles.

- Sandra Lupo, Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist and Instructor

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