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In this lesson I will teach you how to make a pendant with a bail that resembles the head of a cobra. This design works well on many types of focal beads, but it looks particularly striking on crystal prisms.
The instructions show a version with a very simple weave for the front piece of the bail. However, if you prefer, you can use different weaves for the front piece to create different looks for each pendant you make. You can even twist the wire instead of weaving, or simply add beads to the weave. Because of the layering effect of the bail, this design also works well if you are going for a mixed metal look.
The prism used in this lesson is 11mm wide and 38mm long. You can use other sizes, but if you use a larger focal, you will need to start with more wire to compensate for the size. The photos show a focal that is drilled from side to side, however, it is easy to modify this design for a front drilled focal as well.
Skill Level: Advanced
• 16” (40.6cm) 20 gauge (.8mm) round dead soft wire
• 8’ (2.4m) 28 gauge (.3mm) dead soft round wire
• 1 top drilled focal such as a long teardrop bead, prism, etc.
• Chain nose pliers
• Wire cutters
• Bail making pliers with a 7mm barrel or a 7mm mandrel
• Round Nose Pliers
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©Donna Spadafore, Gailavira Jewelry.
This tutorial is intended for use by one person only. Please do not share this tutorial with anyone else. Distribution of this tutorial is not allowed without express written consent from the author. If you wish to use the design in this lesson, or a derivative of the design in this lesson, to teach a class you must first contact the author for permission.
If you are an individual, independent jewelry artist you may use this lesson to make jewelry for sale. You may not use this lesson to mass produce items for a commercial operation. You may not have other people make pieces for you based on this design for you to sell.
Derivatives of this tutorial (instructions for a design that is derived from the design in this tutorial) are not allowed without written consent from the author.
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©Donna Spadafore, Gailavira Jewelry.
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