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Head Pin For Critters - Advise Needed

Howdy All...I've been making critter beads and I make many of them in two parts (head and body). The problem I'm having is when I put them on the head pin each bead wants to spin in a different direction. I would appreciate any suggestions on how to keep the head and body aligned on the head pin without the use of glue. Thanks for your time.
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Hi Cracked,
I am just a beginner, so I don't know what you mean by critter beads, so I may be way off base. The thought I had was to use a divot and tab to keep the head from spinning on its shoulders. You could put a small tab extending down from the back of the head and make a small divot in the body for it to rest in. This would keep the head from spinning.
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Thanks for the reply Crucible and I had thought about doing that too, but I like to put a silver spacer or bead cap between the head and body to give the look of a collar. I also experimented with a bead I made on a 3/32 mandrel and threaded a piece of 2mm leather cord into the bead along with the silver head pin. That worked, but I almost always use a 1/16 mandrel and was hoping that someone familiar with jewelry making would be able to point me in the right direction so I wouldn't have to stuff leather down the bead hole. You can probably tell I'm not a jewelry maker, in fact I'm forcing myself to put my beads on head pins because a lot of people want to buy them ready-to-wear. I don't blame them. Anyway, thank you very much for your reply and that is an option I'll keep in mind.
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Hi Cracked!

I too make all kinds of "critter" beads. I love turning them into christmas ornaments. Hot sellers during the holidays!

Try using a rubber earing back in the hole. I do this whether I'm making earrings or ornaments. Sometimes I need to trim them down or make the hole bigger for the headpin. You can find the earring backs in any jewelry catalog - Like Thunderbird or Fire Mountain.

I'm sure any kind of small rubberish material would work as long as you poke a hole thru it before you stuff it in the bead.

I hope this helps and not to late - I don't get much computer time with a 6 yr old around.

Good Luck! And Bead On!
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Thanks Debs...I did order a few in each size that Fire Mountain had but none of them worked for my 3/32 or 1/16 holes. I'm going to try to "modify" them and see what I can come up with. Thanks a bunch for your thoughts.
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Ok - I had another thought - you could try some polymer clay - stick it in the hole - push your head pin through then bake in oven for a few minutes.

My mind works in mysterious ways. Next time I get to play with my beads - I will probably forget this trick. hmmmm.

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Hi Cracked, have you tried using seed beads inside your beads? I use them so the the main bead stays centered. Hope it helps
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Thanks Crissy. I'm not a beader and didn't even think about trying that...it's worth a try. Thanks much for the info.
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I was reading an old Glass Line (Vol 9 No 6) and I saw a solution to your rotating head problem. You could use two stringing holes instead of one, with thread going through both holes. The article titled "Fork-tailed Devil" details how to do it.
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Mornin' Christopher and Happy Easter...I'll have to look through my old volumes and see if I have that one, but it sounds like you're talking about using a double-mandrel to make two holes in the beads. I'm not sure I'm up to that. I am making some progress with this problem thanks to all who've been kind enough to give their advice. I also contacted Amy Caswell and she was absolutely great about sharing her thoughts.
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