I don't know about you, but I balk at the price of pre-made bails. $1 each? $3? More? I haven't 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!
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 quickly 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 (there's nothing worse than a shiny pendant hung from a scummy-looking bail).
The finished bail is suitable for pendants with flat loops at the top as shown. It has a large loop to accommodate a chain or ribbon.
The tutorial consists of 60+ high-resolution, super-close photos over 30 steps and 18 pages, which are complemented by my concise written instructions.
Buy this tutorial and you'll never have to buy a bail again!
I'm a self-representing Cape Breton wire artist with a dozen years of experience writing clear instructions for online, adult learners. I love curriculum development almost as much as I love making ...
I'm a self-representing Cape Breton wire artist with a dozen years of experience writing clear instructions for online, adult learners. I love curriculum development almost as much as I love making jewellery! The two are combining beautifully with my online tutorials.
Through all the art forms I've explored - painting, digital art, clay sculpting, web design, paper art, and calligraphy - my love of colour has guided me to new discoveries. Now, over a decade of self-teaching has produced my distinctive, spontaneous style of wire-sculpted art jewellery.
My pieces weave non-tarnish wire around a wide range of stimulating materials. The warmth of semi-precious gemstones, the unlimited, variegated colours of firepolished glass, and the fascinating textures & history of beach glass all lend their own character to each one-of-a-kind creation. In my steampunk-inspired line, the patina of vintage, salvaged materials contrasts sharply with the bright & modern designs in the surrounding wire.
I love to create and I love to teach and share with others. I hope I can help you find a new technique or pattern you'll love!