I'm having a minor (umm, major) obsession with making bronze beads these days. And I really never get tired of dragonflies.
So what about that cheating thing? Well, I made these beads thinking about the bracelet that I made with a bronze flower bead. Only when I got them done I thought oh my, wouldn't they look nice as pendants? That tube shaped one on the upper left especially. I just wanted it to be a very simple pendant with a heavy bail. I can make ball end head pins but I really didn't want to see a little knobby thing at the bottom. I could have made a flat end head pin sort of rivet style out of heavy gauge wire. But all of that tedious working it out with my hammer was not meeting the needs of my miss imapatient, gotta do it now self.
So here's my cheater solution to a heavy gauge flat end head pin.
With an 18 gauge piece of wire, I made a very gentle little bend in about a quarter of the way from the end. The wire is probably about 8 inches long. I started a little spiral of wire with the shorter end of the wire.
On the flip side, longer wire section, I went back in with a round nose pliers and centered up the piece of wire that will go up through the bead. In the second photo you can see the top side of the head pin.
I put the whole thing into my cheapo vise from Harbor Freight and and hammered the spiral flat.
The bottom of the bead.
Notice how I actually cheated twice? You didn't really get to see much of my bead table at all. It's very messy. Lots of little snippets of wire lying about.
I'd love to see what's on your bead table. Even if it is piled high and even if you cheat too and just show me the pretties :-)