There are lots of different ways to hang polymer clay pendants from necklace cord. Some of the more obvious are adding a hole, adding a loop to the pendant or embedding some kind of metal finding. But sometimes the design just doesn’t warrant it. Sometimes you don’t want any of the findings to show on the front.
I’ve seen lots of different styles of polymer clay bails pressed onto the backs of pendants, but they can often be bulky. Today I’m going to show you a quick and easy way to secure a hidden, low-profile bail to the back of your polymer clay pendant.
If you don’t have the coiling gizmo to make your coils you can wrap your wire around anything cylindrical. But using this cool tool will make your work much quicker and it’s easier to get consistent results.
Remember to first plan your stringing cord so that you can make a wire coil of the appropriate size. The thicker your coil, by the way, the thicker the backing of your clay should be. But don’t embed your coil so deeply that you can no longer fit in your cording!
As I mention in the video, all the pendants I use for demonstration in the video were made with directions from Christi Friesen’s book, Flourish.
Sometimes the trickiest part of making custom polymer clay jewelry pieces is locating findings that enhance and work well with them. We can easily solve this problem by creating our own findings out of yet more polymer clay.
It’s not only solves the problem but actually makes our pieces even more unique and creative.
In today’s video I will show you how simple it is to make fancy, decorative tube style bails for your clay or other pieces.
I show enhancing them with textures, mica powders and Gilders Pastes, but you can be as decorative as you need to be in order to get a cohesive look in your jewelry.