How to Hang Flat Pendants? Wirework a Bail


Jean Campbell is a
contributing editor to Beading Daily

I don’t know about you, but I have many beautiful things in my stash that I’d like to hang as pendants. Cabochons. Found objects. Tiles. One catch: They don’t have holes to string through. I could get out the drill and make a hole. But that’s not always the best solution, especially with fragile stones that may crack or shatter from drilling. One solution? Wirework your own glue-on bail.

 

You can make your own bail a million different ways, but here’s one method that I came up with today:

  

 

1) Flush-cut 2 3/4" of 20-gauge wire.

     

   

2) Use round-nose pliers to form a small loop at one end of the wire. Keep wrapping the wire around the loop so the wire begins to spiral.

     

 

3) Grasp the loop within chain-nose pliers and pull the wire end around the loop, adjusting the pliers as necessary, to form a spiral with a 3-revolution radius.

     
 

4) Repeat Step 3 at the other end of the wire so that the spirals both curl up: It looks like a Snidely Whiplash-style mustachio. Set aside.

     
 

5) Repeat Steps 1 to 4 to form a second component.

6) Pair the two components so the spirals lay back to back.

     
 

 

7) Use 26-gauge wire to coil together the straight wires of each component.

     
  8) Trim any loose wire.
     
 

 

9) Use round-nose pliers to bend the coiled section in half.

     
 

 

10) Place the bail on your pendant and use your fingers and/or pliers to make any slight adjustments so the bail conforms to the pendant’s shape.

     

 

11) Use two-part epoxy or another type of strong glue to adhere the spirals on the bail to the pendant.

  

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