How to Use Bail Making Pliers and Make a Bail

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Designer: Julie Bean
In this video see how easy it is to make a bail out of a connector or filigree piece using Wubbers Bail Making Pliers. Available in small, medium, and large, each plier actually offers you two sizes of rounds - giving you a total of 6 different bail sizes to choose from. Great way to elegantly hang pendants.
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Hi, this is Julie with and today I want to introduce you to bail making pliers by Wubbers and I'm actually going to use them to make a little bail using a finding. They come in three different sizes. We have small medium and large. They're actually two size option with the bails. You'll notice that each prong is a continuous diameter unlike round nose plier where it's tapered at the end wider at the base. These are gonna be the same thickness all the way through so you can choose if you get the large one here you're gonna get a really extra-large size bail making tool and also a slightly smaller one but still a large one and that gives you actually six different size options between the three pliers. So the way you're going to want to use these is your going take a pendent so you've got a piece here where you're going to need to make a bail for. You see you got that center hole and it's best to line up your bail making pliers with the width of your pendant to see how big of the bail you're going to need. So I can take the small and I'm going to line that up. This is going to be a little bit too small. You go to both sides because they do you come two sizes. I'm going to do this one here. That's actually looking pretty good if you can see that that's about the same width as the actual pendant itself. This one here is going to be a little bit large. It probably would work and I could tamper it in but I think that's going to just about perfect. So what you're going do is your going to take a finding. I got this little connector. It's a silver silver plated filigree connector. It's got two holes which is real important because those holes are going line up with the hole and the pendant and I'm gonna take bail making pliers put my filigree in the center. Make sure that it's a very evenly centered because when you bend it over you want these holes to match up. I'm just gonna hold it. Gripping it. I'm gonna take my fingers pull it down evenly. There you can see my holes are now lined up to take it off and I've got a perfect little bail. So now to connect it onto my pendant I have a head pin two inches twenty two gauge. The most important thing to consider is that the head itself is going to stop and be large enough that won't go through the hole in your filigree piece. So keep that in mind when you're looking at what head pin you're going to use to do this. There's several different ways of connecting these and this one though is what I feel is easiest. So go ahead put your bail onto your pendant. Take your head pin put it through the hole and then make sure when it comes out the other side that goes all the way through the hole on the other side pull it through. Now I'm using a twenty-two gauge head pin because I want to be able to wrap this around the inside of my bail. So I'm going to bend tail of my head pin over I'm going to tread it through the bail and I'm actually going to take a pair of pliers so that I can get a grip on it and pull it. See I've looped it around now. I pull it again over the front push it through grab that tail again. Pull and that is anchored on there. It's actually flexible which is really nice. It's allowed to move. Just going to take a pair of flush cutters at this point snip off the tail and I have secured bail. So that was a really easy and that's one way of doing it. I have another example over here where we've taken a Swarovski heart pendant and a larger filigree. We did the same process using at one of the larger size bail making pliers. You can see it fits into it just like that. We used the large size. And then what we did we took a head pin we put it all the through and we added a decorative bead cap on there. We went through to the other side. We wrapped it around and then we glued on another bead cap and we glued a little Swarovski flat back rhinestones as well for a decorative touch. And then on this pendant which we just made what I would do, I would just go ahead string the necklace through the bail liked so but if you think didn't want to do that you could do what we did here where we just attached some jump rings so that we could put the necklace through right there. So here are a couple ways to make bails using bail making pliers. Another use I want to show you with bail making pliers is if you'd like to work with wire a lot, I have a spool here of twenty gauge wire and you want perfect loops everytime bail making pliers are great for that. You see that I was going to be able to make a loop and I'm going to be able to duplicate that loop over and over again. It's going to be the same diameter each time as oppose to if you were doing this with round nose pliers you'd have to remember where along the prong of the plier you made the loops that you have even ones each time. This way is always gonna be perfect each every time. So that was a quick introduction to bail making pliers. They're a great tool to have. I hope you enjoyed this introduction to Wubbers bail making pliers and that you'll find this useful in your jewelry design. Go to for all of your beading supply needs!

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