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How to Make a Hidden Coil Bail For Pendants-Friday Findings Jewelry Tutorial

How to Make a Hidden Coil Bail For Pendants-Friday Findings Jewelry Tutorial

Hi there, Sandy here. Welcome to another Friday Findings video at Sometimes we make polymer clay pendant pieces
that we want to hang, but we really don’t want to drill holes or attach metal findings. We want the finding to be hidden in the back
and today I have a tip for you for an easy way to do just that. Here are a few pendant pieces I made recently
and if you’re interested in these, all three of them were made with directions from Christi
Friesen’s book, Flourish and they all have nice designs that I really didn’t want to
interrupt with either drilling a hole or with having some kind of metal piece coming out
of them to hang them. So what I’ve done is made a bail that goes
on the back that’s hidden from the front and it’s just done with a wire coil. What’s great about it is you don’t have to
make the design decision about how you’re gonna hang a piece until you’re ready to finish
it. So like this one I could have hung a myriad
of ways. I even could have hung it like sideways. I could have put the finding going in any
direction. So it gives you that flexibility. The first thing you need to consider is what
you’re going to use to hang it. This is just a piece of silk cord. For you I’m going to make a bail for this
piece. I just love the way it looks like dried flowers,
but they are polymer clay and I’m going to hang this with some suede cord. You need to know that because you need to
make sure that your coil is big enough to accept your cord. And the best tool for making a wire cord is
this, a coiling gizmo. It’s just a simple thing. I’ve mounted mine to a block of wood which
I clamped to my table. If you want to learn how to use this, I’ve
made a Friday Findings video on making wire coils. I’ve used a large enough mandrel to build
my coil so that I know my suede cord is gong to fit through it. Now when you make your coil, make sure that
you make it maybe a little bit larger than you think you’re going to need. It’s just easier to cut off some than to have
it shorter. The wider it is in relation to your piece,
the more stable your piece is going to be and you won’t have it flipping over and around
on you. So I’ve got my wire coil here and I’m going
to put it right about here. So I’m going to cut it about here and I’ll
just give that a snip. I can save that other piece for another project. In the interest of comfort in wearing, I want
to be sure that these wire ends are in the same spot on the coil. So there’s this one here. So this one on this end, I’m gonna trim so
they’re both in the same spot. I can basically embed them both in the clay. I have some clay rolled out on about a number
three setting on my pasta machine, a medium thickness. This one I rolled on the number one. It’s pretty thick. So I rolled this one out just a little bit
more thinly and I’m going to brush some translucent liquid Sculpey on the back, just a thin coat. You don’t want it to be too thick or it will
be slipping and sliding all over the place on you. And I’m just going to add a texture to my
backing. Use whatever you like, texture sheets. This is a soap saver sponge I found in WalMart. As I’m putting this on, I’m going to try not
to trap any air bubbles by just kind of gently laying it down and smoothing it as I go. Just use a craft blade to trim that out. Now I’m just gonna bring my texture up and
over the edges to make those all nice and kind of rounded and neat. So at this point when you have your backing
on that you need to decide which way you want your pendant oriented and I’m just gonna put
it like this. So you take your coil and find those ends,
which should be right in line with each other and press with those ends down into the clay
backing. And I’m gonna take my tool and kind of go
in there a little ways and really press that down into the clay. For some added security, I’m just gonna take
a couple of tiny little pieces of the same clay, roll them into a little bit of an oval
and then place that over the last coil or two. Use your tool to push that down and if you
need to fix your texture. What that will do is once you’ve baked the
clay, now these coils are trapped and sandwiched inside the clay. So there’s no chance of your wire coil popping
off. Just make sure that you don’t leave such a
thick amount of clay there that you’re not able to get your cord through. Now you can bake it and then string on your
cord and you have a nice invisible bail hanging your pendant piece securely. So if you liked this video, be sure to give
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box to go to my blog post where I will always have a complete supply list with links to
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13 thoughts on “How to Make a Hidden Coil Bail For Pendants-Friday Findings Jewelry Tutorial”

  1. Hi Sandy, is there a way of coiling,that's like the wooden coiler,,that's faster then trying to make by hand,I can make them by using my round nose plyers , but want to make a little bigger and wider,as I have pendents that would work well with this idea ,,and any ideas on that would be helpful to me, as that's another good to work with bails or coils from wire,thank you sandy, as always.👍👍👍👍🍁🍂🌺🌺🌺🌹🍂🍁

  2. I love this bail :O Thank you! I think it could be taken one step further by sanding down one side of a dowel to make a D shape. This way, the part of the bail that is embedded in the back, will be flat and just a bit more securely attached.

    Love your videos, thank you for all your efforts to help us 😀

  3. Since the pendant is already baked how long does the clay need to be baked in order to hold the coil in place?

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