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Source for ball headpins

A friend of mine recently showed me a pair of earrings she purchased
containing tiny pearls resting on headpins of 26-gauge wire with 1mm
balls on the ends. I have never come across such a fine-gauged
headpin with such a tiny ball on the end, so I started looking online
and through my catalogs. The closest I’ve been able to find is a
25-gauge headpin with a 1.3mm ball offered by Rio Grande. Has anyone
come across headpins with the specs I’ve provided? I find it hard to
believe that these headpins are hand-made and therefore commercially

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and suggestions.

Teresa Lin
Pittsburgh, PA

Pegasus may have them. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to have a web
presence, but they can be contacted at 800-742-BEAD. I buy from
them in the wholesale section of the International Gem shows when
they’re local.


I make all of my ball headpins myself…however you can buy the
26-guage ball headpins with a 1.2mm ball through