Apr 142017

ff coiled hidden bail

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.

Watch my video on Coiled Wire Beads and Other Findings, which includes how to use the Coiling Gizmo.

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.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How to Make a Hidden Coil Bail For Pendants-Friday Findings Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Jul 152016

ff glue on bails

There are so many different ways to make jewelry pendants and charms, and there are just as many different ways to dangle them from our chosen chain or cording.

A jump ring though a pierced hole is probably the simplest way to do it, but sometimes it’s nice to be a bit more elegant. Also, sometimes you may not be able to or may not want to make a hole through your piece, like in my dragon pendant above.

That’s where a glue on bail can come in handy. As you can see from the small selection I have, they can go from quite fancy to very plain and simple.

In the video I’ll tell you what you need to know in order to use these jewelry findings effectively.

Here are links to the bails I show:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-Glue On Bails video at YouTube.