| Step 1 |
Begin by flush cutting the end of a 2-inch or 3-inch piece of wire. This will be the length of your head pin.
| Step 2 |
Going with the curve of the wire rest the wire on the bench block holding the end with your fingers on your non-dominant hand.
| Step 3 |
Hold the hammer at a right angle to the wire in your other hand.
| Step 4 |
Hit the tip of the wire with the center of the face of the hammer.
| Step 5 |
You should hit the wire with a "rolling" hit. This will pull the wire rather than just flattening it.
| Step 6 |
Concentrate more on the end of the wire to create a wider end or paddle effect.
| Step 7 |
Continue moving back on the wire with each blow to create as long of a paddle as you want on your head pin.
| Step 8 |
You have now finished hammering your paddle head pin.
| Step 9 |
You may need to clean up the shape of the paddle. File the paddle head pin with a small metal file until the edges are clean and the paddle is a good shape.
| Step 10 |
Hammering your head pin may dull its appearance. The paddle head pin is meant to catch the reflection of light so light polishing may be necessary.
| Step 11 |
Fold a polishing pad in half and rub back and forth to polish the paddle head pin.
| Step 12 |
Congratulations! Your paddle head pin is now complete.
| Step 13 |
Try adding beads to your head pin or simply making a loop at the top of the paddle head pin for an easy charm.