How to Wire Wrap a Bead With a Headpin

Wire wrapping a fully drilled bead with a headpin is a simple wire wrapping technique that will allow you to create a wide variety of jewellery designs. On this page we share the jewellery making supplies you need and step by step instructions on how to wire wrap a bead with a headpin.

You will need...


Headpins can be used to create earring drops, attaching charms to bracelets and more. Available in sterling silver, plated and 9ct gold in a range of sizes to suit your needs.

Gemstone Beads

You will need a gemstone bead! We have so many beautiful beads to choose from in a range of gemstones in many shapes and sizes to choose from.

Jewellery Making Pliers

This tutorial requires a few pliers to complete the look including round nose pliers, snipe nose pliers and side cutters. All of these are available individually or in our popular pack of pliers.

Follow The Step By Step Tutorial

Follow our simple guide below on how to wire wrap a bead using a headpin.

Step 1

Thread your bead onto the headpin so that it sits on the head. 

Step 2

Create a loop with the headpin by wrapping it around the tip of round nose pliers

Step 3

Use snipe nose pliers or flat nose pliers to hold the loop flat whilst you wrap the remaining headpin wire around on its self and down towards the bead. You can use round nose pliers or your hands to wrap the wire.

Step 4

Wrap the headpin until there is no excess remaining - if you can not do this before the bead starts you can trim it off with side cutters. For a neat finish use snipe nose pliers to squeeze the end of headpin close into the coil. Your bead is now finished and ready to incorporate into a whole array of jewellery designs!