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Old 2016-03-05, 8:48pm
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Default Any tips for making glass head pins?

I Will start a show me thread in gallery as well!

Glass headpins are really gaining popularity recently in the uk, I have the torch.... I have copper wire.... now how to make something that doesn't look like a poop on a stick!

Any fab tips guys?
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Old 2016-03-05, 10:37pm
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There are a couple of threads on making them, and people chimed in with photos.
I haven't done many myself yet, though I've done a few and have plans to make more, so look forward to seeing all the eye candy
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Old 2016-03-06, 9:12am
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Check this thread for some great pictures & info:
http://lampworketc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=52942

sorry wrong link!
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Old 2016-03-06, 9:22am
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There's quite a few in Free Tutorials
http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/se...rchid=10516934
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Old 2016-03-06, 1:55pm
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You may need to pull smaller rod, and work a little cooler.
For hat pins you maybe better of building directly on 1/16 or .045 stainless mandrels.
I usually cut them to length and use a belt sander of something to point them as pins or tie tacks.
The smaller mandrels are a lot easier to burn through.
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Old 2016-03-07, 12:41am
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thanks guys i hope to pop back and update with all my creations
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Old 2016-03-08, 6:36am
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I make a lot of headpins, but mostly simple ones. I use Czech Kanthal wire which I can hold easily because it does not conduct heat. However, it's not easy to get hold of, and not everyone likes that look.
Having straight pieces of wire to work with made a big difference for me. So that would be my advice: get wire as straight as possible.
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Old 2016-03-09, 11:15am
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I make a lot of headpins, but mostly simple ones. I use Czech Kanthal wire which I can hold easily because it does not conduct heat. However, it's not easy to get hold of, and not everyone likes that look.
Having straight pieces of wire to work with made a big difference for me. So that would be my advice: get wire as straight as possible.
Is this the kind of wire you're referring to ? I have never heard of it so had to take a look. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kanthal-A1-R...-/121170475394

I use German silver wire in 20 gauge. Also does not conduct heat and you can get it at Rio Grande.
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Old 2016-03-09, 9:34pm
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It's probably the same, but I get mine as straight pins from the Czechs. The fact that they are straight and already cut makes quite the difference. I thought about bringing some with me to sell at the Gathering.
Did not know that German silver wire also does not conduct heat, that's good to know.
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Old 2016-03-10, 4:33am
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Yep. Plus I don't use copper wire because it does conduct the heat. I just don't wanna deal with that.
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Old 2016-03-11, 12:53am
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I hadn't even considered the heat conduction thing.... doh!
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I use Fire Mountain gold plated 4" pins, or 1/16" bronze welding filler rod that I get at my local welding shop. I get a 1 lb. tube 36" rods, that I cut down and then point on an upright belt sander. I pull rods down to stringer thickness, then heat the pin end till red, wrapping the stringer around the pin. I put it back in the flame just long enough to melt the glass into a sphere or tear drop.
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