Handmade bail by Mary Harding
It was one of those “happy accidents” that lead to the making of this bail a few months ago. I had apparently made a toggle bar that was way too long and had for fun wrapped some copper wire around it and then left it to one side of my soldering station. Weeks later I came upon it and thought it could be salvaged if I added two more loops –one on each side and completed the wire wrapping along the entire piece. It took one of my talented customers buying it to clue me in that it could be a viable and desirable jewelry component.
Today I am sharing several of these bails that I have made since. I have just added a few of all of them to my Etsy shop, as well.
Handmade jewelry stringing bails by MaryHarding
And now for a look at how some art beads will look on the bail: I will begin with a Diane Hawkey pendant which I recently purchased from the Ceramic Art Bead Market on Facebook. This is the first bead by Diane that I have ever owned and I am so taken with it. I have admired her work for years and am so pleased to have one carefully packaged up in my bead stash.
Ceramic art bead by Diane Hawkey
Next I tried out a bird bead by Gaea also from my personal collection
Handmade art bead by Gaea
I tried out a long bead from Something to Do Beads and it looks great in this rustic setting
Handmade art bead from Something to Do Beads
And finally one of Claire Maunsell’s pod beads
Handmade art bead by Claire Maunsell
I hope you enjoyed seeing how a handmade bail can be versatile enough to be used with a variety of art beads.
Thanks so for stopping by today!! See you again next month.