Sunday, 13 October 2013

Bails for Polymer

When I've made a polymer clay pendant or focal bead, I do have trouble finding a way of hanging it that I'm happy with. None of the bails I can buy locally really do the pendant/bead justice or they are just too expensive for me to consider using. 

So I invested in a couple of books to give me some ideas. The first was Kimberly Sciaraffa Berlin's Build Your Own Wire Pendants. The book seems a bit expensive for what you get - it's barely 100 pages but it does have some great ideas for making ornate bails no matter where your bead is drilled (or if it isn't drilled at all). There are also some really funky wire pendant projects which you could easily adapt to incorporate some of your more abstact polymer creations and faux stones. 

I used the book to create a bail for this front drilled pendant and added some embellishments to the bail. 

It looks so much better than using a simple bail ;)

For my focal bead, I used a project from the Abby Hook book Wire Jewelry Masterclass. This is a great book full of fun wire work projects. I had only made one of these polymer clay beads beads so it was a good excuse to have a go at the "orbital woven round pendant" project. As I had used a lot of grey in the bead, I thought pink wire would look fab and I have to say I feel I was right!

What do you think?

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