How to Use Bails
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:
A bail with an open seam can be carefully pulled with pliers to create a gap and allow a pendant to be attached.
A bail with a special pin-like catch can be opened and used to capture a pendant with a top-drilled hole.
A fused bail cannot be opened but has a loop that will allow a jump ring to be used to connect the pendant.