Creating an Independent Bail

By on September 15, 2009
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Creating an Independent Bail

By: Sherrie Lingerfelt

Have¬† you ever gotten towards the end of your project just to find out that you don’t have enough wire left to finish your bail? Learning how to create an independent bail can be easy and a life-saver in these situations!

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    September 17, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Very cool. I purchased some of this same wire thinking that I could use it as a bezel setting but I just wasn\’t able to make it work–not the right tools? not enough know-how?–Now I can use it to make these bails. Thank you so much!

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    Annette Jonkheer

    November 4, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I enjoy the tips and videos very much and they are a very helpful learning tool. Thanks

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    Vicki Franks

    December 31, 2009 at 2:07 am

    The tips and videos have been a tremendous help. Although I’ve been an avid crafter for years I’m just getting started with wire sculpture. All the help online is fabulous! Thank You. I’m also looking for info on making chain maille jewelry. Thanks Again.

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      December 31, 2009 at 9:29 am

      Thanks Vicki! Watch for new jewelry patterns and guest instructors in 2010 including chain maille!

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    July 11, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Hi Dale, I love all the instructions you continually make available. I have your book “Wirework” and accompanying DVD which I am currently watching. Question on this independent bail: How durable — can this bail be removed and used various jewelry pieces?

    Thank you so much.
    Glory Shine Adornment

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      July 11, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Hi Beverly, since this is just one piece of wire, I would only use it on the piece it’s intended for. However, you can experiment with making types of hooks out of heavy-gauge or harder wire that would be interchangeable. There is a pattern for an interchangeable bail made from wire in the book Mixed Media Jewelry Techniques that you might like!