Wire Bail

Wrapped-loop bails turn side-drilled beads, usually teardrops or briolettes, into pendants.  Center the bead on a 3″ or longer piece of wire.  Bend both ends of the wire up the sides and across the top of the bead.  Bend one end straight up at the center of the bead, then wrap the other wire around it to form a couple of coils.  Form a wrapped loop with the straight-up wire, wrapping it back down over the already-formed coils.  Trim the excess wire.

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I was the founding editor of Beading Daily (2007-2009) and my now a freelance designer/writer/editor.  My designs have been published in Stringing, Step by Step Beads, Jewelry Gifts for the Holidays, Creative Jewelry, Beadwork, and other magazines. I enjoy stringing, bead embroidery, wirework, metal work, mixed media, beadweaving—pretty much anything that involves beads or jewelry.  I also enjoy exploring new crafts like pottery and felting.  I write a personal blog if you want to see more of my work. 16+ Free Beading Projects: A list of the free projects I created for Beading Daily. Contact Info If you have a question regarding Beading Daily, please contact customer service at beadingdaily@interweave.com or the current editor, Kristal Wick. If you'd like to contact me, you'll find my info on my website:  www.michellemach.com.  You can also follow me on Twitter at:  http://twitter.com/beadsandbooks Pictured here is a pair of earrings I made for the Spring 2010 issue of Stringing in an attempt to get over my fear of designing with the color orange!