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Gayle Bird on craftsy.com
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

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 ...

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Handmade Bail for Pendant

from Gayle Bird Designs
(5) Name: 'Jewelry : Handmade Bail for Pendant
Handmade Bail for Pendant
Handmade Bail for Pendant
Handmade Bail for Pendant
Handmade Bail for Pendant
Handmade Bail for Pendant

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • You should have basic knowledge of wire tools. I'll show you the rest!

Pattern Description:

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!


  • bailmaking pliers (5mm & 3mm barrels)
  • flush cutters
  • square (flat) pliers
  • 7cm round artistic wire in 18 gauge
  • hammer
  • anvil