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How to Use Bails

How to Use Bails
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Learn about different types of bails and how to use them properly with this helpful jewelry making tutorial. Bails will come in handy any time you want to create a pendant or charm from a bead that is not equipped to be strung on a chain. Once you learn How to Use Bails with this beginner guide, you'll be able to turn any focal bead into a fabulous pendant.

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Here's how to use the various types of bails:

  1. Style A:

    A bail with an open seam can be carefully pulled with pliers to create a gap and allow a pendant to be attached.

  2. Style B:

    A bail with a special pin-like catch can be opened and used to capture a pendant with a top-drilled hole.

  3. Style C:

    A fused bail cannot be opened but has a loop that will allow a jump ring to be used to connect the pendant.


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