{DIY} How to make your own Eye Pins

Handmade Copper Eye Pins
I’ve been on the hunt for a good source for long eye pins. I’ve heard from a couple of you who aren’t able to find them long enough to wear the rings in my tutorial on anything but your tiny pinky finger. Luckily, I attended a beading class last Saturday with my sister at The Beaded Puma* and learned how to make eye pins myself. Honestly, it is so easy.

You will need the regular beading tools:

    • Needle-nose pliers
    • Round-nose pliers
    • Wire cutters
    • Wire
    • Paper scrap
    • Some sort of writing utensil

Eye Pin Tutorial Supplies
First, you need to decide the size you want. Mark on a strip of paper the length of eye pin you want with a dot.
Eye Pin Tutorial Step One
Then mark a little further up to mark the circumference of the eye you are making, cut it off at the end. This is going to be your guide.
Eye Pin Tutorial Step Two
Once you have that done, cut a piece of wire as long as your guide.
Eye Pin Tutorial Step Three
Next, holding it in your left hand, take your needle-nose pliers in your right hand and bend the top towards you where your dot was on your guide.
Eye Pin Tutorial Step Four
Next, take your round-nose pliers and hold the tip next to the bent portion of the wire to measure it. Take note of how long it is along the pliers, this is the spot you want to use to curve your wire.
Eye Pin Tutorial Step Five
Now, holding the round nose pliers with the back of your hand facing you, gripping the wire, turn the wire away from you.
Eye Pin Tutorial Step Six
Voila! Flatten them out if you want them flat or leave them curved if you are going to make them into my DIY delicate stacked rings, leave them curved and it will give you a head start.
Eye Pin Tutorial Step Seven
It is that simple. It takes some practice to get it exactly perfect but you’ll get the hang of it in NO time.

xx ks

*They don’t have a great website but I LOVE them, if you are in the Salt Lake Area definitely check the store out, 1227 E 3300 S  Salt Lake City, UT 84106. Buy local!

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13 Responses to {DIY} How to make your own Eye Pins

  1. That’s fantastic thank you – I am away to make my own eyepins for a copper necklace. And of course check out your over tutorials :c) Many thanks and much appreciated.

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