Over the next couple of days I'm going to be blogging about fine silver fusing. You can easily, with minimal equipment learn how to create your own headpins, rings, connectors, and all sorts of other components you dream up to jazz up your beaded jewelry. You don't need pickle, solder, and all of those other nasty chemicals. I've got a photo tutorial coming tomorrow on how to create fancy textured jump rings, and Friday we'll show you how to make a variety of other components.
Here's what you'll need.
Fine silver wire in a variety of gauges (20 to 14)
A set of needle files
A torch (small hardware store torch - $20 to $50)
A heat proof surface (soldering pad - jewelry supply stores)
A flat head/smooth hammer
a ball pein hammer
Safety considerations - always work in a well ventilated area, wear goggles, and a respirator if you choose. There are fumes from the butane torch - and it's a good idea to never breathe in fumes :-)
More tomorrow, but in the meantime here's a link from beading daily on how to make headpins.