This base metal head pin features a ball end with a distinctive, ruffled edge, making it a natural part of your design. The gauge of this pin makes it a great choice for ear wires as well as drops and dangles. The gauge of this pin makes it a great choice for ear wires as well as drops and dangles. Ball head pins provide a decorative, bead-like end (or starting point) for the components you make with them. Simply choose a head size larger than the hole in your bead or other finding. The most popular choice for most applications, 1/2-hard pins stand up well in most jewelry styles and still allow the wire to be formed as needed—then hold their shape reasonably well. Choose an appropriate pin thickness based on your design and the hole size of your beads or findings so that they will be held securely in place without wobble or risk of loss.