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Wire Nest Bail Tutorial

1. Cut 18″ of 24 gauge wire.

2. Pull the wire through the pendant hole, centering the pendant on the wire. (Add a charm at this point if you want – example shown in the last two photos.) Wrap the wire around the pendant, forming a large loop measuring 3/4″ tall.

3.  Repeat with both the front and back wire.

4. With the wire at the front of the pendant, wrap it up and around the loops until you run out of wire. Repeat with the back wire until the loop is covered and secure.

5. Trim any excess wire.

6. Push the trimmed ends of the wire as close as possible to the loops to avoid snagging wires.

To finish off the pendant add a few wrapped dangles unto a jump ring and attach to the bail.  String a silk ribbon on the jump ring for an easy way to finish the pendant.

Click on the collage to see the images larger.

Pendant: Humblebeads. Glass: Dream Girl Beads. Charm, wire & ribbon: Bello Modo.

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25 Comment

  1. Reply
    Liz Revit
    February 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I like the wire that was used in this project. Do you have a recommended source for the wire?

  2. Reply
    Heather Powers
    February 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Liz – the sources are listed below the last photo. I buy my wire from Bello Modo.

  3. Reply
    maneki
    February 11, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I really like this style and it fits so well with the "theme" so to speak as it reminds me of tangled dried grass.

    Must try it sometime — many thanks for the tut!

  4. Reply
    rosebud101
    February 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Great tutorial, Heather! Thank you!

  5. Reply
    My Life Under the Bus
    February 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I just ordered one of these I can't wait to get it!

  6. Reply
    Holly
    February 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Now thinking frantically of what focals I have that would work with this treatment! 🙂 Thanks, love this!

  7. Reply
    Charlene
    February 11, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I love this,very beautifully done!

  8. Reply
    Gardanne
    February 11, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing Heather, just when I think everything has been done with a nest, you come up with something new.

  9. Reply
    lightinglittlefires
    February 11, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    So beautiful!! and what a clear tutorial, thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  10. Reply
    Cynthia
    February 11, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    How fabulous is that?!?! Love it, and will try it tonight!

  11. Reply
    Christine
    February 11, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    That's such a great bail – thanks for the tutorial!!

  12. Reply
    Evie's Tool Emporium
    February 11, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Simply beautiful!

  13. Reply
    CraftCrave
    February 12, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [12 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  14. Reply
    Sherri
    February 12, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Thanks for sharing the instructions-I really like that bail!

  15. Reply
    Anna Lear
    February 12, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Many thanks for this tutorial!! I just got a bunch of ceramic pendants and have been trying to think of a better way to hang them besides a plain wire bail — this is perfect! I just love the materials you chose; so earthy, and everything comes together naturally.

  16. Reply
    Liz Revit
    February 12, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Hi, Heather. Thanks for pointing out the sources. I don't know how I missed them.

    Have a great weekend.

  17. Reply
    KeRobinson
    February 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Oh WOW, now this is really COOL!
    How Unique 🙂

  18. Reply
    Klassy Joolz
    February 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing…what a great techique and so cool!!!

    I'm going to try it today…

    Smiles, Pam

  19. Reply
    CraftCrave
    February 12, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [12 Feb 10:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  20. Reply
    Cinnamon
    February 12, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    I must admit that this is the very first piece involving wire wrapping that I did not find to be chintzy. Well done!

  21. Reply
    Heather
    February 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Gorgeous, I love brass so much it really blends beautifully with your clay pendant colors Heather.
    Thank you for the wire bail tutorial. I love the natural look of that technique. Very nice!

  22. Reply
    gypsy
    February 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I've not made any jewelry, but this looks enticing and intriguing to try. Thank you for sharing – and the photography is lovely!

  23. Reply
    The Beading Gem
    February 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    This is awesome! It's not often I see a bail made from finer wire and yet is strong enough for the purpose. I love how it can be embellished in different ways. I will link in a future post so others can come visit! Pearl

  24. Reply
    Debbie
    February 26, 2011 at 6:46 am

    What a great bail! Thanks for sharing

  25. Reply
    HJC Editor
    May 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Hi! Great tute! I will be linking at http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/ in future post.

    Thanks!
    Jane
    http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/

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