21 gauge eye pin, 1.5"
Vintaj nickel-free brass
The eyepin is the base element used to create bead links: The bead link is the base element for the old world art of linking. As essential is the bead to stringing, the bead-link is to linking.
The project example shown here is designed uses 1.5" eye pins to create the bead links.
To create a basic bead link:
Step A: String the bead onto the non-looped end of the eye pin.
Step B: Hold the looped end of the eye pin and cut approximately ¼” above the bead using the flush cutters.
Step C: Holding the bead onto the eye pin securely with your fingers, use the round nose pliers to grip the non-looped end of the eye pin. While still holding securely, pull the eye pin toward you, bending it into a 45-degree angle.
Step D: Continue by turning the eye pin away from you (keeping the angle) until you’ve completed 1 full loop, tucking the end of the loop into the hole of the bead, keeping plenty of tension on the bead. Your bead should not turn freely on the eye pin.