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Bails are the most subtly important part of a pendant design - they are what hold the pendant to the chain! And I don’t know about you, but I balk at the price of pre-made bails. $1 each? Who’s got that kind of money? :) What I DO have is plenty of wire, tools, patience, and time - so I came up with my own design!
****NOTE: This is a Set of Instructions ONLY - the materials and finished product are NOT included in this listing****
I’ve never shown this to anyone but I am still amazed at the lack of cheap but usable bail options out there, so I finally have to share.
The best part of this design is you can create bails out of *any* wire, so your bail will always match your pendant! This is especially important when using artistic wire, which doesn’t tarnish.
This bail is suitable for wire pendants with flat loops at the top. It has a large loop to accommodate a chain or ribbon.
To complete this tutorial you should have basic knowledge of wire tools. 18 pages of clear, step-by-step instructions will show you the rest.
Buy this tutorial and you'll never have to buy a bail again!
****List of Tools and Materials****
7cm round artistic wire in 18 gauge
bailmaking pliers (5mm & 3mm barrels)
square (flat) pliers
Jewellery Tutorials are a perfect fit for me, which means my tutorials are perfect for you. Here's why:
* I'm a self-taught wire artist, since 1998, so I know what it's like to struggle with a new technique or to work without special tools, and you'll find workarounds in my tutorials. You'll also find many of my techniques are different from the usual since nobody was teaching when I was learning and I had to invent something new every time I was solving a problem!
* My day job is to write course curriculum for online, adult learners, and I'm good at it. So you'll find my tutorials have clear, concise, accurate instructions with photos for every step - even partial steps. I know how to teach you no matter how you learn best! Plus, I make jewellery to sell - and I sell a lot of it - so many of my techniques are designed to efficiently put into production, leading to tutorial stages which you can easily follow.
* I am also a graphic designer, so you'll find a consistent, readable layout on every page, photos that draw your focus to the relevant step, and constant clues to keep your place - even if you forget to staple and the whole thing falls apart!
Look for a unique wire style, lots of color, asymmetry, irregular gemstones, inexpensive non-tarnish wire, some steampunk elements, and even some polymer clay.
You keep reading, and I'll keep looking for exciting new ways to help you make jewellery!